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Disconnection

Usually, when I speak to someone about “disconnecting,” it refers to taking an electric plug out of an outlet. These days, people are talking about other kinds of disconnection.

There is one group of people who believe in a disconnection of Jesus from his word. They say the person Jesus and his word are two different things and have nothing to do with each other. Saying this makes it possible for there to be one Jesus who loves us and wants the best for us, and another Jesus who is going to judge us. Then, it is simply a matter of accepting the loving Jesus and disconnecting from the judging Jesus.

Of course, those who want to disconnect Jesus from his word have difficulty with scripture that does not teach that such a disassociation is possible. Jesus himself said, “He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day” (John 12:48 NASB).

There is no dichotomy with Jesus and his word. Jesus taught this very clearly in passages such as Matthew 7:24-27. Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine, and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Please notice that Jesus said, “everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them…” No dichotomy there at all.

Another group, similar to the first group, believes the first four books of the New Testament, commonly known as the gospels, and the first chapter of Acts belongs in the Old Testament and does not have any force on the New Testament at all. They want to be disconnected from certain statements Jesus made because they disagree with them.

For example, some of the same people in this group want to disallow Matthew 19:8-9 when Jesus said, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.  And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” They say Jesus said that as a part of the Old Testament and, therefore, it has no force in the New Testament.

Okay. Would they also want to disconnect Jesus when he said, “I am the resurrection and the life” in John 11:25-26? That, according to them, was said under the Old Covenant. So, no eternity possible, right?

Would they like to disconnect Jesus’ words in John 8:24? Jesus said, “If you believe not that I am he, you will die in your sins.” No? I don’t blame them. Forgiveness of sins is not something from which I want to be disconnected.

There have been efforts to disconnect the word of God from many things people don’t like. People who don’t like the inspiration of the scriptures have tried to disconnect Moses from the first five books of the Bible. They have tried to disconnect Job from the book that bears his name. They have tried to disconnect David from the Psalms and Solomon from the Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song that bears his name.

We should learn to believe and obey the whole Bible as it tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but to truth. Help us, Lord, to do just that and stop disconnecting.

 

 

 

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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