Oh, there’s nothing that makes me go crazier than hearing someone using Scripture out of context!
As I look back at my bible college days and seminary years, “Context, context, context!” is crucial! Context is not just King, but is the Queen, Jack, and Spade and all! A text without a context is with a pretext.
As you may have seen in some of these memes, “I can do all things through a text taken out of context”
Here are the 10 topmost misused (or even abused) verses in the Bible.
1. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).
“That is where we get the word DYNAMITE! Paul is saying, you have dynamite power!”
I don’t think dynamites were invented back then…. But, Ok?
2. “All things work together for good” (Rom 8:28).
“If you’re suffering and life isn’t good, there’s something wrong within your life. You need to repent!”
Sometimes, yes. But not all the time. Good isn’t always just for our good, but His good and glory!
3. “Money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim 6:10).
“Money is evil! Do not think of your money! Give it up at the altar of God and give it all to Him.”
Wow. Wait…. I don’t think that’s what it’s said in the verse. Let me check… “The love of money…” #ReadWholeVerse
4. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you” (Jer 29:11).
“You see, you know what brings the most pleasing to God? It is when you are prosperous and happy. That is why we are here today! Not for Him, but for yourself.”
BLASPHEME! That is not what the Scripture is saying!
5. “Because you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Rev 3:16)
“You see, if your worship is halfhearted worship, God doesn’t want it!”
Wait, I know it spoke of the church of Laodicea as being cast out. So, if I don’t sing and give halfhearted worship, then I can lose my salvation?!
What are other verses you would add to this list?