When we get away from using the Bible correctly, we open ourselves up to all sorts of silliness. And now comes word of the “I-35 Revival”; have you heard about this? Here’s a line from the CBN piece on this phenomenon: “A number of Christians have come to believe that because of recent prophecies, dreams, and visions I-35 is the highway spoken of in Isaiah 35, verse 8 — ‘And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.'” Be sure to watch the video.

But the thing is that the Bible isn’t a magic book. To suggest, as the basis for what you’re doing, that Isaiah 35 is speaking of Interstate 35 is preposterous; the context is the coming of Christ, not pavement in Laredo. It says that “the unclean shall not pass over” this highway—uh, so everybody who drives I-35 is, or soon will be, a believer? Here’s the video, by the way of the original “prophecy” (not the video referred to above); note the silliness that this “prophet” lapses into with the terrible pun wordplay on “MO”, and blames it on God:

My buddy Warren Throckmorton first alerted me to this silliness several weeks back.

Look, I am all in favor of people gathering for prayer. That’s a good thing. Anytime anybody truly trusts Christ, that’s a good thing as well. But it is never right to abuse Scripture for any reason, to treat it as some sort of magical book that we can read any meaning into it that we darn well please. I grant that sometimes the temptation to do stuff like this is strong—and I don’t say I’ve never given in myself to “mysticizing” Scripture, but when I do, I’m wrong—just as these well-meaning but deluded folks are in claiming that Interstate 35 is what Isaiah was prophesying about.

6 responses »

  1. The Rook says:

    Dude, the guy’s a straight on nut job.

  2. Mark Merritt says:

    Seems more like superstition than sound Biblical application. This kind of spiritualization of the Word (in order to make it say what one wants it to say) is a sign of an immature believer.

    He’s a leader as well. Ouch.

  3. Graham says:

    It also sounds a wee bit arrogant- it implies that the meaning of parts of the Bible were meant to be unclear until the 21st century.

  4. Dirk van de Kaap says:

    Why not? It’s always much easier to wait for God to move supernaturally than it is to be obedient to what he told us to do on earth. Why is it so much more exciting to take a 10-day “missions” trip to Honduras than it is to get involved with our neighbor whose marriage is falling apart?

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