DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Does God ever tell us to do something, or to believe something, that contradicts the Bible? A friend of mine says the Bible is out of date and we need to let God guide us in new directions, but Im not sure about that. S.Y.
By BILLY GRAHAM
Tribune Media Services
DEAR S.Y.: Youre right to be skeptical of your friends views because God never tells us to do anything that he has clearly forbidden in the Bible. God does not change, and neither does his word.
After all, one reason God has given us his word is so we can know what is true and right and also what isnt true and right. If it was wrong to murder or steal or commit adultery when God gave the Ten Commandments to his people over 3,000 years ago, then its still wrong. If it was wrong to reject Christ and nail him to a cross 2,000 years ago, then its still wrong.
Pray for your friend, that he will realize the moral and spiritual dangers he faces by rejecting Gods word and giving in to the worlds relativism. Perhaps hes struggling with a particular sin in his life and is seeking to excuse it by claiming God doesnt care. Or he may be anxious to win the approval of others and not appear narrow-minded.
Whatever his reason, ask God to help you be a witness for Christ to your friend not condemning him, but being an example to him of Christs love and truth.
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