The Bible is the voice of God, speaking by the pen of men as they were directed by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). One reason to study the Bible is to understand what it teaches, so you won’t be deceived (Acts 17:11; John 5:39; Matthew 15:13-14; Mark 7:7). For example, suppose a preacher said tithes must be paid to the church. Well, the Bible teaches that tithes were for the nation of Israel who lived under the Old Testament, and tithing was to be binding on them in their generations (Numbers 27:32-34).
Today, we aren’t under the Old Testament law and preachers cannot bind tithes because God removed that practice by the death of Christ (Colossians 2:14-17; 2 Corinthians 3:6-9; Matt. 26:28; Hebrews 8:6-13). The failure to understand what the Bible teaches about the demise of the Old Testament has caused much confusion in the religious world. If people are going to church, they need to know what the Bible teaches. If one is going to preach, he must know what the Bible teaches. If one is going to save the world for Christ, he must know what the Bible teaches. Let us study the Bible and not be ashamed of it (Mark 8:38).
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