In a time when fewer and fewer Christians and churches seem to be reading and upholding the Word of God we need to be reminded that:
The word of the Lord proves true. (2 Sam 22:31)
The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. (Psa 12:6)
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isa 40:8)
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. (Psa 19:7-11)
One of the greatest things a church can do is to uphold the Scriptures above all else. The church is a “pillar and buttress” upon which the Scriptures should rest.
…the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. (1Ti 3:15)
Sadly, many churches in our time have removed the Holy Scriptures from atop the pillar and buttress and have replaced it with idolatrous and worldly things like consumerism, materialism, and self. It is easy to attract people to a place if you elevate the right things. If you elevate the Scriptures however, you’re chances of drawing people in become more dependent upon the Holy Spirit instead of pragmatism. What kind of church do you want?
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2Ti 4:3-4)
Who has the faith to uphold the Scriptures in such a time as this? Where is the church that remains steadfast in the Word of the Lord as the priority? Alas, they are becoming rare and hard to find.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. (Rom 3:31)
For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. (Heb 10:1)
These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. (Col 2:17)