THE WORD OF GOD IS NOT BOUND (II Timothy 2:9)
Oftentimes people define their place with the Lord by denomination or creed rather than Christ. I have always believed that when we do this, we can soon find ourselves out of the will of God because we are tied to following a set of man made rules and regulations that have nothing to do with the Lord’s Word or His ways for our lives.
While reading, “Shadow of the Almighty” by Jim Elliot a couple of weeks ago, I came across a quote from Jim Elliot that best expresses the views of my husband and myself and our beliefs regarding denominations and creeds:
“The Word of God is not bound. Systematic Theology – be careful how you tie down the Word to fit your set and final creeds, systems, dogmas, and organized theistic philosophies! The Word of God is not bound! It’s free to say what it will to the individual and no one can outline it into dispensation which cannot be broken. Don’t get it down ‘cold’ but let it live – fresh, warm, and vibrant – so that the world is not binding ponderous books about it, but rather is shackling you for having allowed it to have free course in your life. That’s the apostolic pattern…”
In what ways is your church denomination or creeds restricting you from being who the Lord wants you to be?