Standing on the Whole Word
There are many people who live by some portions of the Bible. They pick what they like and accept that. They disregard the passages found in the Bible that do not fit what they would like to do. Denominations take parts of the Bible and create a doctrine of their own. This doctrine is not truth; it is a man made teaching that diverges from the Word of God.
Taking part of God’s wisdom and disregarding the rest makes absolutely no sense. We can’t pick and choose, leaving out or adding in, what we please and decide that is what truth is. In fact, in Revelation 22:18-19 we are given a warning against such things. We can’t stand in the middle between the world’s truth and that found in the Scriptures. People who only follow part of God’s word might as well disregard all of it for they will only be spit out in the end (Rev. 3:15-16).
There are many examples of things in the physical world where it makes no sense to take of a portion, rather than the whole. In regards to grammar if we read that past tense words end in ‘ed’ and decide to not read any further we would end up with many incorrect sayings. We would have things like “I eated toast for breakfast”, or “I drived to work yesterday”. As with the Bible, it doesn’t work only reading a portion.
Let’s say that we need a block of wood to stand on in order to reach something higher. If we only grab a sliver of the block instead of the entire thing and attempt to stand on it we would end up with quite a sore foot. Attempting to stand on a sliver rather than the block would result in a sliver in our foot. Like with the Word of God, it will be very painful and unpleasant for us to attempt to stand on only a portion.
Similarly, attempting to sit on a chair with one leg, instead of four, will result in us falling down. Resting on a portion leads to our downfall.
We know that all of the Bible is important because it is all given through inspiration. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 reads, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The Bible in its entirety is necessary for our spiritual well being. The complete Word is required to make it to heaven!
-- John Thrower Jr.