Would we be satisfied with a 99.9% accuracy rate? That seems pretty good, but look what happens if 99.9% is good enough:
- The IRS will lose 2 million documents.
- Almost 15,000 defective personal computers will be shipped.
- The Postal Service will deliver 18,322 pieces of mail to the wrong address.
- Hospitals will perform 107 incorrect medical procedures.
- Almost $800,000 will be spent on CD’s that have a faulty recording.
A faulty recording on a CD would be a hassle; not a big problem. But what if the IRS lost your tax return and penalized you for not filing?
What if a surgeon removed the wrong breast to try to stop your cancer? Would you be satisfied? No way! There’s too much at stake!
You want — and expect — 100% accuracy!
What kind of accuracy do you want from a church?
Well, what’s at stake? “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). What’s at stake? Heaven or hell!
Jesus says, “If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned” (Matthew 18:6). What’s at stake? Our children’s faith in Jesus as their Savior.
God wants us to use his Word accurately 100% of the time.
“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” (Revelation 22:18,19).
Any error in teaching the Bible jeopardizes our eternity.
Now you know why I am careful about the church I attend. I think you’ll want to be also.