Some who profess to be Christians are what has been described as “red letter” Christians. In other words, they don’t believe that anything in the bible is binding on them unless it is written in red ink, referring to the practice in some editions of the bible of printing the words of Jesus in red. Their attitude is that if it isn’t in red, it doesn’t count. Such an attitude is self-contradictory. In John 14:26 Jesus said, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you.” And in John 16:12-13 Jesus told His disciples, “I still have many things to say to you but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Jesus is saying that after His ascension to heaven, the Holy Spirit would be given to the apostles to enable them to perfectly proclaim the word of God. This means that the words of the writers of the New Testament carry the same weight as the words of Jesus. In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul says that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God”, literally God-breathed. We may choose to ignore the words written in black in our bibles, but we will do so at our peril.
“Red Letter” Christians