I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has said to me out loud or thought to themselves, “That’s just your opinion” right after I have preached a clear Word from the scriptures. There would be a considerable amount of money in my bank account.
It’s the statement, “That’s just your opinion” that has rendered the Word of God powerless among not just unbelievers but people of supposed faith. And we wonder why we see so little of the power and glory of God in our churches. The authority of the Word of God and the one whom God uses to speak it has been rejected with one simple phrase, “That’s just your opinion.”
For some reason we all think our opinions matter before the LORD. Let me say this clearly. Our opinions mean little to God. Jesus didn’t say you shall have your opinion and your opinion shall set you free. No, he said, “and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” This truth is both absolute and has authority over our lives.
Are you one who would rather debate and argue the Word of The Lord rather than simply receive it? Are you one who would rather question the authority of the Word spoken than submit to it? Are you one who rejects any type of spiritual admonishment in your life?
Then you are like those in the times of the judges of Israel where it is said everyone did what was right in their own eyes. It was a sad time in Israel’s early history where they cycled from bondage to bondage no matter how great a deliver was given to them.
Paul gives us two key truths in 1 Thessalonians.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NASB95) For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.
1 Thessalonians 5:12–13 (NASB95) 12 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.
These folks prospered in the things of God because they recognized the authority of the Word of God through the mouth of His servants. That is what is missing in much of the Church today. We have taken the priesthood of the believer to mean my opinion counts. It doesn’t. None of our opinions matter before God. Only our acceptance and obedience to truth that is oh so clear in the scriptures.
Just as a postscript I will acknowledge there are questions of how God will work things out in these last day. I am open to hearing differing viewpoints as we continue to walk through prophetic fulfillment. Opinions may vary as to how things will indeed wrap up. HOWEVER, everyone is looking for truth so they will not have to have an opinion. Nonetheless, the way we are to live and function in life, what is and what is not sin, is clearly spelled out.