Excellent message by Rick Frueh…
In the ever growing pantheon of Christian celebrities and the self serving conferences here is one of which I was unfamiliar. Here is David Jeremiah who many consider a good teacher and orthodox but as you can read held a “celebration” of the publishing of his own “Jeremiah Study Bible”. It was quite a gala which included music and even an appearance by Donald Trump. And even though Jeremiah’s church and home is in California this event was held in Madison Square Garden in New York City. It is obvious why this place was chosen.
A survey of his speaking schedule is filled with cruises, Holy Land tours, and many “nights with David Jeremiah” around the country. Almost anyone who pays for a Christian television spot can gain a following after a while. And Mr. Jeremiah also was a guest on TBN to help raise funds. He may be a Bible teacher but he is a compromiser and a wealthy American patriot.
But this kind of idolatry where you use God’s Word with your name attached as a drawing card is an abomination. How can people approach the Word with frivolity and irreverence and especially celebrating one man’s interpretation as if it were the tablets of stone come down from heaven? And if you will notice that some people received a free copy of Jeremiah’s Bible DEPENDING ON THE PRICE OF THEIR SEATS. The cheapest seats were $25 and the ones that were $50 received a copy of Jeremiah’s Bible as if they were a door prize. Again, an abomination to be sure.
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A Jeremiah Study Bible. Fascinating. All these guys seem to eventually get around to publishing their own ‘version’ of the Bible, with personal, biased, interpretational notes, of course. Before long it will be impossible to have a decent bible discussion among believers. Can’t you just imagine it:
“My Jeremiah Study Bible says that verse should be interpreted as meaning…..”
“Well, your Bible is wrong! Jimmy Swaggart’s Study Bible says….”
“You’re both WRONG! my Scofield Bible notes say the only correct way to read that is….”