“Piece by tiny piece of dereliction…”


What Amazon says about The Positive Bible: (italics mine)

Turn to any page in this book. You will be greeted with a Biblical passage that offers hope, help, and encouragement. This collection of advice, instruction, inspiration, assurance, and wisdom, drawn from the King James, Revised Standard, New International, King James Modernized, and The Living Bible translations by scholar Kenneth Winston Caine, has the power and beauty to teach and comfort across the centuries.

Ponder just one passage or every one; browse this book at random or read it straight through. Find a problem or question in the index of more than 250 everyday life applications of Scripture-from healing to living through grief to nurturing a child- and you will be directed to Biblical wisdom that speaks precisely to you, as timely and relevant to modern culture as the evening newscast. Here is your inspirational guide to the most remarkable of all books-condensed compendium of truth and knowledge that will enrich your entire family for years to come. (At least until culture demands a revised positive bible) – ok ,that last comment is mine!


Now listen to the prophetic wisdom of David Wells from Above All Earthly Pow’rs:

For it is certainly the case that the Word of God, read or preached, has the power to enter the innermost crevices of a person’s being, to shine light in unwanted places, to explode the myths and deceits by which fallen life sustains itself, and to bring that person face to face with the eternal God. It is this biblical Word which God uses to bring repentance, to excite faith, to give new life, to sustain that life once given, to correct, nurture, and guide the Church (Jer. 23:29; II Tim. 3:16; Heb. 4:12; Jas. 1:18). The biblical Word is self-authenticating under the power of the Holy Spirit. This Word of God is the means by which God accomplishes his saving work in his people, and this is a work that no evangelist and no preacher can do. This is why the dearth of serious, sustained biblical preaching in the the Church today is a serious matter. When the Church loses the Word of God it loses the very means by which God does his work. In its absence, therefore, a script is being written, however unwittingly, for the Church’s undoing, not in one cataclysmic moment, but in a slow, inexorable slide made up of piece by tiny piece of dereliction.”


And lend your ear to J.C. Ryle

I say, then, in the first place, that a scriptural view of sin is one of the best antidotes to that vague, dim, misty hazy kind of theology which is so painfully current in the present age.

It is vain to shut our eyes to the fact that there is a vast quantity of so-called Christianity nowadays which you cannot declare positively unsound, but which, nevertheless, is not full measure, good weight, and sixteen ounces to the pound. It is a Christianity in which there is undeniably “something about Christ, and something about grace, and something about faith, and something about repentance, and something about holiness”; but it is not the real “thing as it is” in the Bible. Things are out of place, and out of proportion. As old Latimer would have said, it is a kind of “mingle-mangle,” and does no good. It neither exercises influence on daily conduct, nor comforts in life, nor gives peace in death; and those who hold it, often awake too late to find that they have got nothing solid under their feet.

Now I believe the likeliest way to cure and mend this defective kind of religion is to bring forward more prominently the old scriptural truth about the sinfulness of sin. People will never set their faces decidedly towards heaven, and live like pilgrims, until they really feel that they are in danger of hell. Let us all try to revive the old teaching about sin.”

And finally, and thanks for sticking through to the end, attend to A.W. Pink, whose quote I’ve included because he talks about the ultimate purpose of Scripture – the revelation of the Glory of God!

The grand and basic truth is written right across the Scriptures with the plainness of a sunbeam, and he who sees is not blind. All things are appointed by God to that one end. His saving of sinners is not an end in itself, for God would have been no loser had every one of them eternally perished. No, His saving of sinners is but a means unto an end – “to the praise of the glory of His grace” (Eph. 1:6). Now from that fundamental fact, it necessarily follows that we should make the same our aim and end; that God may be magnified by us – “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

I believe that the martyrs of the past and the persecuted believers of today would not be encouraged by The Positive Bible to stand firm and persevere.

And lest you believe that this won’t have an effect because you’re too smart discerning to get a ‘bible’ like this, go read the comments on Amazon. These people will be ‘won’ by The Positive Bible and the next time Barna comes out with statistics of believers in the US, remember that what they have been won by is what they are won to!

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