Transformational Truths

A SUMMARY OF Eight Steps for Thinking Biblically By David Barton

David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage. A national news organization has described him as “America’s historian,” and Time Magazine called him “a hero to millions – including some powerful politicians. In fact, Time Magazine named him as one of America’s 25 most influential evangelicals.

Barton says Thinking Biblically first begins with thinking. He says “The more fear of the Lord, the better you think.” He points out the following verses in the Bible that tell us how to think.

  • Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)
  • Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
  • Take the helmet of salvation. (Ephesians 6:17)
  • That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24) emphasis added
  • For as he (a man) thinketh in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)

TO THINK BIBLICALLY A PERSON MUST HAVE A RIGHT VIEW OF GOD’S WORD

8 PRINCIPLES FOR THINKING BIBLICALLY

1- ACCEPT GOD’S WORD AS INSPIRED

-Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:20-21
-All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2- ACCEPT GOD’S WORD IS RIGHT, EVERY TIME, EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT

-“I hold it my duty to believe not what I can comprehend but what my Maker teaches me.” ~Daniel Webster
-It has been said, “Put into practice what you do understand from the Bible and you won’t have time for the things you don’t understand from the Bible.”

3- ACCEPT GOD’S WORD MAY NOT MAKE SENSE, BUT IT WILL BE PROVED RIGHT

 And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. Deuteronomy 6:24 emphasis added
-And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. Exodus 15:26 emphasis added
-Health rules now align themselves with health guidelines provided in the Bible.

4- ACCEPT GOD’S WORD GIVES GUIDANCE ON EVERY SUBJECT

-All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
-“The Bible contains more knowledge necessary to man in his present state than any other book in the world.” ~Dr. Benjamin Rush (Signer of United States Declaration of Independence)

5- COMMIT TO READING AND STUDYING GOD’S WORD

-Make it a practice to read through the Bible once a year.
-Reading 3 chapters a day usually gets you through the Bible in a year.
-Purchase a One Year Bible which gives you a balanced breakdown of reading to complete the whole Bible in a year.

6- LOOK FOR PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

-“Read it (The Bible) with the intention of desire that it may contribute to your advancement in wisdom and virtue.” ~John Quincy Adams
-Look for things you can put into practice and do.

7- ACCEPT IF YOU FOLLOW GOD’S WORD, YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL

 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8

8- YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF GOD

-But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:15-16
 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

Watch a presentation by David Barton.

David Barton is founder and president of Wall Builders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage. His presentation was at Faith Baptist Church in Knightdale, North Carolina on April 11, 2015.

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We regularly view the world around us through the filters with which we have been raised—the filters of culture, tradition, gender, race, or geographic regions; and too often we are not even aware of these influences upon our thinking. Romans 12:2 admonishes: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold,” and this CD presents steps for learning to think Biblically in every aspect of life. Approximate running time: 60 minutes; 1 CD.

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