This is not hard.
As long as you have a solid foundation…
… and objective moral truth to stand on.
This solid foundation is the Bible.
No other book can be this foundation for you.
I read a lot of books…
Both secular and “Christian” to learn and grow. So I can be the best person I can be for my wife and children.
The books I’ve been reading recently would be found in the “Christian” section of any book store.
Currently, I’m in “Grace Based Parenting” by Dr. Tim Kimmel.
Over the years, I’ve heard many teachers and preachers call out and “mark” authors, teachers, preachers, ect…
Claiming that a Bible believer should avoid their works at all cost due to blatant doctrinal errors.
While I agree that we should “mark and avoid” these people…
… I also believe it’s impossible to know every time if a book you’re reading is written by a person with bad doctrines.
It’s more work to discern a book written by a “Christian” than one by a secular author.
Because, when reading a secular book we almost assume we’ll read things that contradict the Bible.
So, no matter what book you’re reading you need to make sure you have a strong understanding of what the Bible teaches us.
Here are a few things you need to follow in order to successfully navigate the vast sea of information:
The Bible is infallible.
The Bible is the final authority.
Your Bible is a King James Bible.
Let’s break these down:
1) The Bible is Infallible
If you don’t believe that the Bible is infallible then you have no real rock to stand on when reading other texts.
Secular or not, you’ll be forming your own rock on the sand of man’s philosophy.
Which is flawed from the start….
2) The Bible is the Final Authority
The “buck” has to stop somewhere and as a follower of Christ that “buck” is your Bible.
There’s no good in debating if the Bible really means something…
… if the Bible says it, then it’s true.
When you don’t set the Bible as the final authority in all areas of your life.
You’re prone to making up your own authority which again falls very short of God’s standard.
3) Your Bible is the King James Bible
I’m going to guess that this on ruffled your feathers… lol
What it comes down to is related to number 1…
… every Bible version translated after the KJV does not hold that the word of God is infallible.
But I’m not going to try to convince you to use the KJV in this post.
I know that if you choose to study the subject…
… you’ll come to the conclusion that the KJV is the only translation of the Bible worth using for English speakers.
And because it’s the best, it’s the only one to use in order to learn God’s truth and apply it to your life.