My sister and I must have been exasperating kids. To this day, I can hear my mother’s reproving voice saying, “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times…”
I’m not saying those words reprovingly. Quite the contrary — today I’m typing the thousandth post in The Outspoken TULIP blog! It’s been both a delight and a privilege to sit before this keyboard and blog about the greatness of the Lord Jesus Christ to you ladies each day.
Tomorrow I’ll begin composing my next thousand posts, confident that the wobbly evangelical world will continue having controversies and making compromises that require people to stand up for God’s Word. Not that I imagine myself to be an infallible beacon of truth, able to refute all heresy as I leap tall buildings in a single bound. As a matter of fact, I sometimes think I keep this blog to prevent myself from wandering into error.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load. ~~Galatians 6:1-5 (ESV)
Writing this blog gives me a sense of accountability. As I write about using Scripture in context, not basing my theology on personal experience and desiring to spend eternity focusing on God’s glory, I challenge myself. Am I presenting Scripture accurately and with right motives? Do I seek God’s honor or my own.
This blog will judge me if I misuse it.
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” ~~Matthew 12:33-37 (ESV)
In pointing you to Scripture, I remind myself to use it as my own standard of measurement.
But I also write this blog for you women, hoping to encourage each of you to embrace Scripture as your standard of measurement. So many churches fail to offer women solid Biblical instruction. All too often, they use Beth Moore books that encourage a narcissistic approach to interpreting the Bible when they should teach women how to study verse-by-verse in order to understand proper context.
Understanding God’s Word has never been as urgent as it is now. The Obergefell decision in 2015 has opened the door to persecution in “the land of the free,” and far too many professing Christians aren’t grounded enough in the Word of God to resist compromise. I write this blog to help women stand firmly on God’s Word against a hostile culture.
So I’ve produced a thousand blog posts encouraging both myself and you to study His Word and to stand on it. I may not write a thousand more, but as many as the Lord allows me to write will continue clinging to Scripture. We all need it!