“I think the greatest weakness in the church today is that almost no one believes that God invests His power in the Bible. Everyone is looking for power in a program, in a methodology, in a technique, in anything and everything but that in which God has placed it—His Word. He alone has the power to change lives for eternity, and that power is focused on the Scriptures.” (R.C. Sproul)
“The Bible is … as necessary to spiritual life as breath is to natural life. There is nothing more essential to our lives than the Word of God.” (Jack Hayford)
“A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world who has deprived himself of his knowledge of the Bible.” (Woodrow Wilson)
“You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilization to pieces, turn the world upside down, and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
To know the Word of God is the greatest knowledge. To do the Word of God is the greatest achievement. (Joshua 1:8)
“The Bible is the greatest of all books; to study it is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.” (Charles C. Ryrie)
“The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.” (George Mueller)
According to Dr. Albert Mohler Jr., “We will not believe more than we know, and we will not live higher than our beliefs.” How important is it that Christians know and believe the Bible? After all, if we don’t know the Bible we cannot believe it and if we don’t believe it we will not live by it.
Although Christians claim to believe the Bible is God’s Word, a recent survey shows that 40% of regular churchgoers read the Bible no more than once or twice a month. Furthermore, one out of five churchgoers admit that they never read the Bible at all. As a result of not reading the Bible, the average churchgoer today does not know the Bible. For instance, one out of five churchgoers believe that there are many ways to Heaven and one out of three believe that Harry Potter is a biblical story.
Biblical illiteracy among the world’s unbelievers and Bible bashers comes as no surprise. No one should be shocked to learn that millions of Americans believe Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife and Sodom and Gomorrah were a married couple. What is most disconcerting, however, is the biblical illiteracy found among the contemporary church’s professed Bible believers. If today’s Christians neither know sound doctrine nor understand what they believe, how can they defend their faith or answer questions about it, as the Bible clearly admonishes Christians to do (1 Peter 3:15, Jude 3)? Obviously, a faith we cannot define is a faith we cannot defend. Indeed, we won’t even be able to determine when it is under attack.
I am continuously disheartened by the few Christians in the contemporary church who are unwilling to invest a few minutes of their time to peruse precious gems prayerfully mined from Scripture’s sacred pages by the arduous toil of a deep digging student of divine revelation. If it cannot be put on a bumper-sticker or T-shirt, it’s too long for the short spiritual attention span of today’s spiritual simpletons, who prefer to remain on the surface rather than dig deep into the depths of Scripture. After all, they’d have to stop living off the cuff and roll up their sleeves if they ever dared to go to the trouble of discovering for themselves the Bible’s buried treasure trove of truth.