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Monday, September 11, 2017

4 Biblical Definitions We Need to Defend in the Culture Wars

Red dragon with seven heads. Image source.
Longtime readers may know that I find it endlessly entertaining the way people talk about "the biblical definition of marriage" as if such a thing exists. (Like, do they realize the bible is not a dictionary?) On that note, I'd like to call your attention to these other biblical definitions that Christians really need to defend in the face of an increasingly secular culture.

1. Dragons

Revelation 12:3 gives us the biblical definition of dragons: "an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads." However, when I did a google image search for "dragon", not a single result matched this description. (I was able to get biblically-accurate dragons by searching "dragon revelation" though.) In our current society, most people are ignorant about what the bible says about dragons, and the images we see in popular movies only serve to reinforce this ignorance.

Bible-believing Christians need to boycott all movies, books, and other forms of media which include depictions of dragons that directly contradict the bible's clear teaching.

2. Racing

In 1 Corinthians 9:24, we find the biblical definiton of racing: "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?" However, in our godless society, the bible's clear teaching on racing has been all but abandoned. It is incredibly rare to find a race where only one runner is awarded a prize. In the Olympics, for example, medals are awarded to the first, second, and third fastest participants- a blatant attack on the authority of Scripture.

Furthermore, even though the bible only speaks of races with runners, our culture has perverted the idea of racing so much that now there are so-called "races" which involve other types of transportation. We have lost sight of the biblical definition of racing and now have races for cars, bikes, horses, swimmers- where does this slippery slope end? If we don't take a stand for the biblical definition of racing, our culture will surely descend into moral chaos.

3. Doctors

Matthew 9:12 is perfectly clear: "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." Yet many modern Christians have abandoned the authority of Scripture, and they go for annual check-ups even though they are not sick. They claim that preventative care is a new concept that Jesus didn't say anything about. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here in Matthew 9:12, we read Jesus' own words- the biblical definition of doctors.

Furthermore, there are many Christians who cite the health benefits of annual check-ups in order to justify their sin. They talk about serious health problems that are much easier to treat if detected early. They elevate their own experience and human emotions above God's word. God is the one who created our bodies. God knows what's best for us. The bible is clear: Only sick people should be making doctor's appointments.

4. Dishwashing

Jesus' teaching in Matthew 23:25-26 is very clear: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean." But our secular culture has all but abandoned this principle. Instead of trusting Jesus' word when he said it is only necessary to wash the inside of a dish, people use soap and water to wash BOTH the inside AND outside. This behavior is widely practiced even by those who claim to be Christians!

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As our culture becomes more and more immoral and loses sight of God's word, we need to be the ones to take a stand. Our future is at stake. Our children's future is at stake.

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