Can Church Really Teach Scriptures?

Not long ago a guy at our church came up to me and said “The Church [by which he meant the institutional church] can never truly teach the Scripture because the Scripture teaches against the Church.”

I thought that was a good point. It’s quite true. Read Matthew 23. Read Paul and Peter’s warnings about false shepherds and teachers.

–It’s awful hard to get rich off ministry and teach the Scripture.

–It’s awful hard to be more interested in your church’s finances and material growth and teach the Scripture.

–It’s awful hard to tell everyone your leadership and teaching is infallible and teach the Scripture.

–It’s awful hard to make your church members jump through your traditional hoops and teach Scripture.

–It’s awful hard to live above the laws you force on your congregants and teach the Scripture.

–It’s awful hard to desire fancy titles and privileges and teach the Scripture.

–It’s awful hard to be friends with the world and adopt their methods and teach the Scripture.

–It’s awful hard to tell lie after lie, deception after deception and teach the Scripture.

“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.”
–Romans 16:17,18

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