Scripturally Denying Scripture

Throughout Scripture religious leaders lead the people to hate God’s guys. The priests hated the prophets. The Scribes and Pharisees hated Jesus. The Sanhedrin hated Paul.

Religious people hate God. This is not necessarily a problem with religion, it is necessarily a problem with people. People are prone to seek their own way and yet are aware of their guilt.

The best resolution to eliminating guilt is to eliminate the stuff that makes you feel guilty. So religious guys hate God because God makes them feel guilty. It’s much easier to listen to guys than God.

This is not something that only guys from a long time ago do. Oh no, it lives on in all of us. One of the most prevalent ways modern Christian do this is by using Scripture to prove they don’t have to listen to Scripture.

Yes, this is as dumb as it sounds. It is also highly ironic. But I see it all the time. People use one Scripture to trump another Scripture. The Scripture that is interpreted as leading to the least amount of responsibility always wins.

If you are not going to listen to Scripture, don’t use Scripture to prove why you don’t have to. Just come right out and deny the whole Book. Scripture does not deny itself, so stop trying to make it do so.

Religious people have been doing this sort of thing for years. It is dumb. We should try not to do it.

7 thoughts on “Scripturally Denying Scripture”

  1. I’ll give two examples that pop into my mind.

    The Calvinistic over-emphasis of ROmans 9–God has mercy on whom He will have mercy– usually treated as if Romans 10–whoever believes with the heart and confesses with the mouth is saved–does not exist.

    The homosexual argument that because it says there is no longer any difference between male and female, homosexuality is not a sin.

  2. Or another classic one is the usage of verses about GOd’s grace in salvation used to appease men who have no interest in giving up sin that they are saved.

  3. Or throwing out all verses that deal with church discipline because it says “thou shalt not judge.”

  4. Or throwing out verses about rebuking sinners and making them feel guilty for sin because it says “there is therefore now no condemnation.”

    It’s even a greater error when people use the front of the verse to deny the back, or vice versa. 1 John 4:8, “God is love so we’re all saved man.” But the front of the verse says “he that loveth not, knoweth not God.” For God is love.

  5. It is an interesting list! These can all fit under the one category of “fig leaves”, or trying to make excuses for sin.

    The “thou shalt not judge” one really irks me, also. I recently saw someone totally over-ride principle and justice in supporting another person. When I asked them why they did it, they said, “I totally trusted the other person. Who am I to judge them?”

    Where in all the Bible does it say that we should “totally trust another person” in the place of God’s word? I know of one verse that goes something like this: “Cursed be the man that trusts in man and makes flesh his arm.”

    Furthermore, to “totally trust someone” IS to judge them…it is to place a very high value judgment upon them. We tend to think “thou shalt not judge” only applies to negative things, but it is also true with respect to positive things. We should not lift people up in our minds and assume that everything they do is God-inspired, just because we happen to like them a lot. That is simply putting good feelings over the Word. Another term for that is “sentimental religion.”

    Furthermore, while we may not be able to judge the inner motives, any and every outward action or word of another (especially when it requires our cooperation) should be measured with God’s word. Jesus did that all the time, and even said so, when He said, “If I judge, my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

    The only thing we can’t judge is the hidden motive of the heart, but even that is sometimes revealed by circumstances that the Lord allows to come upon people to test them.

    According to what I read, the saints will “judge angels” in the future (1 Cor. 6:3). If we are training to be lawyers and judges, we better start taking our training seriously and make every effort to apply the lawbook (the Bible) NOW.

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