Evangelicals stand on the full inspiration of the Word of God. Sadly, we are not as firm when it comes to applying the Word. We believe the Bible from cover to cover in debate, but when we look inside the covers on our own, we have problems. The texts can be history, prophecy, promises, commands, or statements of fact. Our problems are not problems of understanding; they are problems of unbelief. Our solutions are:
• Stay ignorant.
• Run lightly over the text.
• Do much explaining of what the text “really” means.
A few examples of statement-of-fact passages are Colossians 3:9, Romans 1:6, Galatians 2:20, Romans 8:9. The chapters these verses are in make the truths much clearer.
Here are some clear commands Christians are hesitant to obey:
1. Church discipline: 1 Corinthians 5, especially verses 9-13.
"I wrote to you in my letter not to asso…