A Bad Word


Words have a way of changing over time. They can be as difficult to hold onto as a Slurpee in the above guy’s mouth. For example, it wasn’t too many years ago that the word “gay” was used entirely different than it is today.

After reading a recent blog, my wife asked, “Is that a bad word now?” The word was “evangelical.”

From the 1500s, the word “evangelical” referred to a Christian who believed that: (1)  God saves only by His grace through His gift of faith in Jesus; (2) the Bible is the only authority for Christian faith and practice; (3) there is no need for a professional priesthood because all Christians are priests to God.

Today the word “evangelical” refers to anyone who attends church once or twice a year. Doesn’t matter what they actually believe.

God’s words matter. Jesus didn’t come into this world to change words or their meanings. Rather, He came to keep the Word of God perfectly, thereby obeying and fulfilling it in every way to the smallest stroke of the pen.

Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled (Matthew 5:17-18).

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