Thesis: To show that God’s Word will endure all things, whether it
is neglected, misused or abused.
Song: Give Me the Bible
- Long ago, a king of Judah named Jehoiakim didn’t like what
God’s Word said, Jer. 36:22-32.
a. Consequently, he cut the scroll with a penknife and cast it
into a fireplace.
b. God, however, caused Jeremiah to reconstitute that scroll,
adding to it similar words that Jehoiakim despised.
- Like King Jehoiakim of centuries past, contemporary men
often have no more regard for the authority of the Word of
a. Men throughout the centuries have neglected ignored,
misused and abused the Word of God.
b. The Word of God, the Bible, though, will endure in spite of
what man may try to do to it, 1 Pet. 1:22-25.
- The Word of God is the ‘seed of the kingdom,’ Luke 8:10-11,
and the “truth,” John 8:32, by which men are freed from sin
a. However, the Word of God is ineffectual in the lives of
those today who, in essence, repeat the actions of
b. There are several varying ways in which modern man ‘cuts
and burns’ the Bible.
I. Denominational doctrine negates many Bible truths, for
which cause those offensive passages might as well be
ripped out of the Bible.
A. Denominational doctrine has long overridden Jam. 2:20-
26 with faith only.
- Martin Luther doubted the canonicity of the Book
of James and referred to it as an epistle of straw.
- He mistakenly presumed that the Book of James
and the Book of Romans contradicted each other
regarding faith and works.
- If one isn’t going to believe Jam. 2:24 or the Book
of James, it might as well be ripped out of the
Bible and thrown away!
- Note: Subpoints similar to these, though not
included below, pertain to each following
B. Most denominational people deny that baptism saves or
is for the remission of sins, Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:21.
C. For those who believe faith only (or any only doctrine) or
the direction operation of the Holy Spirit in conversion,
other elements to which the Bible attributes saving power
are useless and their corresponding passages might as
well be ripped from the Bible, Rom. 10:17; Luke 13:3;
Acts 17:30; 2 Pet. 3:9; Rom. 10:9-10; Rev. 2:10.
D. Denominational people who do not believe that baptism
is a burial or immersion have no need of Col. 2:12 and
E. Furthermore, our denominational neighbors who use
instrumental music in worship have no need of Eph. 5:19
and Col. 3:16.
F. Neither is there any reason not tear Acts 20:7 from the
Bible for those who prefer to worship on any day other
than the first day of the week or fail to observe the
communion each first day.
G. For those who yet tithe instead of contributing according
to their prosperity and as they purpose, 1 Cor. 16:1-2 and
2 Cor. 9:6-7 are unnecessary verses.
H. Since the religious community uses an abundance of
religious titles, Matt. 23:8 might as well be ripped from
the Bible, too.
I. If miracles have not ceased, 1 Cor. 13:8-13 and Eph.
4:11-13 are meaningless.
J. If once saved always saved (perseverance of the saints) is
true, numerous passages that warn about apostasy are
false and should be discarded, 1 Cor. 9:16, 27; 2 Pet.
2:20-22; Jam. 5:19-20; Heb. 10:26-29.
K. Many people and some churches condone
homosexuality, Gen. 19; Rom. 1:25, 27, 32; 1 Cor. 6:9.
L. Those who believe predestination must believe God is a
respecter of persons, Acts 10:34; Rom. 2:11; Gal. 2:6;
Col. 3:25; 1 Pet. 1:17.
M. Universalism teaches that no one will be lost, making
passages about hell and eternal punishment ineffective,
Rev. 20:12-15; 21:8; Matt. 25:41, 46.
N. Premillennialists disregard passages about going to
heaven and the destruction of the earth when Jesus
returns, 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Pet. 3:10-12.
O. Denominational church organization negates the many
passages that discuss the organizational structure of the
Lord’s church, Eph. 1:22; 5:23; Matt. 16:18; Titus 1:5; 1
Tim. 3:1-7; 1 Pet. 5:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:8-13.
II. The practices of many Christians also negate Bible truths,
for which cause those offensive passages might as well be
ripped out of the Bible.
A. Neglect of passages concerning evangelism, in effect,
negates them, Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke
B. Forsaking appointed assembles by many Christians sets
aside Heb. 10:25; Acts 20:7.
C. Christians sometimes also fail to give as they ought, 1
Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7.
D. Many brethren apparently believe that the Old Testament
is meaningless to Christians today and they might as well
remove the entire Old Testament from their Bibles, Rom.
15:4, plus every Old Testament reference in the New
E. Most brethren seem to sense no compulsion to practice
benevolence, either individually or congregationally,
Matt. 25:31-46; Gal. 6:10; Jam. 1:27.
F. Passages about immodesty are unheeded regularly by
Christians, 1 Tim. 2:9.
G. Many brethren ignore verses concerning drinking
alcohol, Gal. 5:21.
H. Smoking and other bad habits harm the body, 1 Cor.
I. Brethren have rationalized marriage, divorce and
remarriage so that almost no passages on the topic
remain unscathed, Matt. 5:32; 19:1-9; 1 Cor. 7.
J. Women praying in the presence of men require the
removal of 1 Cor. 14:34 and 1 Tim. 2:11-12 from the
K. Adding entertainment to the mission of the church
implies that the Gospel is insufficient, Rom. 1:16, and
that additions may be made to the Bible, Gal. 1:6-9; Rev.
L. Clamoring for positive preaching is an affront to “the
whole counsel of God,” Acts 20:27 ASV, and warnings
against smooth things only, Rom. 16:17-18; 2 Tim. 4:3-
M. If the contemporary church does not believe in church
discipline, it might as well direct its members to tear
those passages from the Bible, too, 2 Thess. 3:6, 14; 1
N. Several passages direct the child of God to be fruitful,
but many are not, Matt. 7:19-20; John 15:1-6.
O. Other passages direct the child of God to grow spiritually
and mature, but, again, many do not, Heb. 5:11-6:2; 1
Pet. 2:2; 2 Tim. 2:24.
- Everyone who believes that the Bible is a dead letter, or
believes in new revelations or ‘a better felt than told’ religion
doesn’t need any of the Bible!
- God is certainly not pleased when either sinners or saints ‘cut
up and burn’ or otherwise ignore or abuse the Bible.
- Jehoiakim and the non-Christian world demonstrate an acute
contempt for God and his Word; what is our excuse as
Christians and the churches of Christ?
- The Word of God will survive whatever abuses we or others
inflict upon it, 1 Pet. 1:22-25, but man cannot survive without
- The Bible alone is the power of God unto salvation, Rom. 1:16