“Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die. ’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,” he need not honor his father. ’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God.”
As a young man, I believed that Christians did not drink alcohol. I am still not a fan of alcohol consumption, but after years of studying the Bible, I realize it is not my place to stand in judgment. Did I change my beliefs or grow and conform to the teachings of Scripture? I hope and believe the latter. There are other convictions I held as a younger man, that have been revised, as I have grown older. I believe this is a good thing. The key is I have adjusted my beliefs in relation to my understanding of Scripture. Unfortunately, in 2015, believers are revising their beliefs, in spite of Scripture.
In Hebrews 4:12 we read, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two- edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” I love when the God’s Word is described as “living and Active” because it vividly points to the fact that Scripture is not just words on a page, but a scalpel God uses to shape my life.
I would caution all believers to make sure they differentiate between a better understanding of Scripture and the temptation to twist Scripture in deference to contemporary thinking. Always be careful when you hear someone say something like, “the Bible says this, but what it really means is…” Romans 12:1-2 teaches us that we need to have renewed thinking so that we can conform to God’s will. The thinking of many today is we need to embrace a renewed thinking that conforms God’s Word to our will.