IS THERE AN INFALLIBLE UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE?
By Ken Blue
“And Job answered and said, 2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. 3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?” Job 12:1-3.
Job’s three blind “friends” were confident they knew his motives and possessed knowledge he could not grasp. Of course his answer to them was pure irony, and he meant right the opposite when he said, “No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.” In fact, many of those “friends” are alive and with us today. They assume possession of the Truth is synonymous with understanding the Truth.
These men would rather win an argument than win a soul, and they think the Holy Spirit has guided them into all truth on all subjects. Their delusion leads them to believe Jesus was speaking of them when He told His disciples of future revelations (Scripture) He would give after His departure.
Jesus told His disciples there were many other things they would know, but they could not “bear them now.” “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:12-15.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Any pastor, teacher, or evangelist who assumes he has an infallible understanding of Scripture is an egotistical jackass.[/pullquote]
These things were revealed to them by the Spirit and are recorded in the epistles of Peter, James, and John. Additional church epistles were also given to Paul. Certainly, they were not ready for Paul’s writings or John’s Revelation.
Any pastor, teacher, or evangelist who assumes that these words are to him or that he has an infallible understanding of Scripture is an egotistical jackass. Many of the brethren assume they are infallible because they have an infallible Book.
Like Job’s “friends” they are smug in their ability to quote Scripture, but they are fools in understanding and application. They know why Job’s wife and children were dead. They were confident that he had lost it all because of some past sins. They knew his heart and motives and were therefore qualified to pass judgment on him and condemn him. These men are still with us and they know for sure that if you do not agree with them, your heart and motives must be worldly and wrong. We have seen enough of these self-centered Pharisees to know them on sight; and we say to them, in love, “Take a hike!”
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.