Christian, Inspirational

Believing the Lie

The Church I’m attending (mainly because of my mom) hired a new preacher. He started off his first day stating that he wasn’t here to preach denominational doctrine nor doctrine he learned at the Memphis School of Preaching, but only the Bible.

Would that this were true. You can lie to me because I know the Holy Bible, but perhaps the most dangerous lie is the one you tell yourself.

This is the second young Church of Christ preacher I’ve dealt with and older preachers, though perhaps less obvious, are no different. They honestly believe they dont belong to a denomination.

How can you point out doctrinal error to the person who doesn’t think they belong to a denomination? Or tell them that their opinion is clearly reflected in the denominational doctrine they put forward as the only truth?

I’ve heard the Church of Christ referred to as a cult and have vehemently disagreed with that characterization. Nonetheless, you could describe those that cling to and promote a lie as cultish. Believing their own lie that they are not a denomination only leads to further error. They don’t believe in the power of God – to do miracles – and that is grievous denominational error based on misinterpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:10 KJV.

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Christian, Inspirational

Context is Key

When reading the Holy Bible it is important to be aware of context. It can affect correct interpretation of the scripture. Yet, I think context at times may be of minimal importance. 

For example: Malachi 3:10 KJV says,  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it .

This verse is often used to encourage giving. I think by context, however, it is really a one time statement by God to the Israelites. Read Malachi 1:1 KJV The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. Can we take a verse like Malachi 3:10 and believe if we give we will receive? In my opinion, God can choose to honor a giver however he chooses. In fact, Jesus said something similar to Malachi 3:10 in Luke 6:38. 

Some guidelines and warnings I’d recommend for interpretation of scripture.  Just because something was written to the Church at Corinth or to Timothy, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t apply to you. All 66 books of the Bible are included for a reason.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV tells us All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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