Please Stop Misinterpreting the Scriptures
Part 2

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Bill Kochman

Published On :
January 21, 2020

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January 21, 2020

More Regarding Blacks African Unity And My Friend's Political Ideology And Corruption Of The Scriptures, Don't Politicize God's Word To Support Your Personal Agenda, Beware Of Taking God's Word Out Of Context, Spiritual Novices Shouldn't Even Be Teaching The Word Of God, Wrest The Scriptures Unto Their Own Destruction, Avoid Modern Misguided False Teachers And Deceivers, Teaching God's Word Is A Serious Responsibility, Ask God For Wisdom Spiritual Discernment And Guidance From The Holy Spirit, Concluding Remarks, Suggested Reading List

Continuing our discussion from part one, sadly, this person does not stop there. In another image there is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous 1963 speech where he says "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Now, any knowledgeable person realizes that King was referring to the United States of America. The man was hoping for change in America. However, because they are promoting their African unity agenda, this misguided person wrote a comment under the graphic in which it says "This nation is Africa." What?! I am sorry, but Dr. King was not referring to Africa. So not only is this person distorting the meaning of verses from the Bible, they are likewise intentionally distorting the meaning of the Reverend King's 1963 speech as well.

In fact, in yet another one of their posts, while promoting African unity and Black culture, this person says "It's time for the ideological children of Marcus, Martin and Mandela to come together -- to rise together -- to reign together"; and then they quote Psalm 133:1, which says the following:

"[A Song of degrees of David.] Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Psalm 133:1, KJV

Anyone who is familiar with King David and the Psalms knows that when David uses the word "brethren", he is referring to the Israelites, and unity amongst the Israelites, and not to Africa, African unity or the Black culture. So over and over again, this person of whom I speak committed the same error, which I believe is intentional. They are extracting totally unrelated verses from the Bible, then politicizing them, and assigning a different meaning to them than what is intended in the Bible, for the purpose of supporting and promoting their personal political ideology, which centers around the Black culture and African unity.

My friends, this is a very dangerous practice; because not only does it deceive the person who is doing it, but it can deceive many other people in the long run as well, if they are not well-grounded in the Scriptures. While I have only discussed one person in this article, over the years I have seen so many people do this very same thing. Sometimes they are promoting a political cause as in this case. Other times they may be promoting some facet of New Age thought. And yet other people will intentionally take certain verses out of context in order to support some church doctrine which they happen to embrace. One example is the so-called "Prosperity Gospel" and "Abundant Life" preachers, which I discuss in a variety of articles, such as "Money-Making Bible Hucksters and Mammon", and also "Abundant Life Doctrine: Scripturally Exposed!". People distort the meaning of the Scriptures for all kinds of reasons.

In fact, in regards to politicizing things, I have actually caught certain people trying to do the very same thing with some of my graphics. As my longtime friends and readers will know, whenever I post my images on Facebook and on the other social networks, I always post them by group, based on their category or theme. In other words, each set of images has a central theme. Yet despite this fact, when some people post comments under my images, they will purposely deviate from what a particular graphic is about, and go off on a tangent so that they can insert some kind of political commentary -- usually a criticism against Democrats and other liberals -- even though the graphic has absolutely nothing to do with politics. When I catch them doing this, I will stop them in their tracks, inform them that they are off-topic, and warn them to not politicize my work. It really irks me, folks!

The truth is that the Bible makes it very clear that people who are novices in their understanding should not even be teaching the Word of God. Yet, sadly, as I have pointed out so many times before, both organized religion and the online world are literally full of misguided wannabe prophets and errant teachers who promote doctrines of devils and damnable heresies. Sometimes they just do it out of ignorance, while at other times it is intentional. The Bible in fact refers to this irresponsible practice as wresting the Scriptures. It is for this reason that the Apostles wrote verses such as the following to warn the First Century Church to beware of these deceivers who change the meaning of the Scriptures for whatever their reason:

"As also in all ‭his‭ epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable ‭wrest‭, as ‭they do‭ also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."
2 Peter 3:16, KJV

"And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know."
1 Corinthians 8:2, KJV

"From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm."
1 Timothy 1:6-7, KJV

"If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself."
1 Timothy 6:3-5, KJV

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
2 Timothy 3:13, KJV

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;"
2 Timothy 4:3, KJV

"Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
Hebrews 5:11-14, KJV

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."
2 Peter 2:1, KJV

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
1 John 4:1, KJV

If there is one thing I know, it is that being a teacher of God's Word is something which should not be taken lightly by anyone; because God will hold us each accountable. This is made quite evident by the Apostle James when he writes the following verse. Please note that the word "masters" finds its origin in the Koine Greek word "disaskalos". This word is also translated as "teacher" ten times throughout the New Testament of the King James Version of the Holy Bible:

"My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation."
James 3:1, KJV

So, my friends, if you have been called to be a teacher of God's Word, please be very careful. Make sure that you fully understand what you are teaching, before you begin to teach it to others. Don't corrupt or pervert the meaning of the Bible in any way. Ask God to give you Wisdom and Spiritual Discernment, and to lead you in your understanding by way of His precious Holy Spirit. Please consider the following verses:

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
James 1:5, KJV

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
John 14:26, KJV

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."
John 16:13, KJV

"For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;"
1 Corinthians 12:8, KJV

With this sobering thought I will bring this article to its conclusion. It is my hope that you have found it to be both informative and enlightening, and I pray that it has been a blessing in your life as well. If you have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or with any other social network, I would really appreciate if you would take the time to click or tap on the corresponding link that is found on this page. Thanks so much, and may God bless you abundantly!

For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this article, or which contain topics which are related to this article, and which are likewise located on the Bill's Bible Basics web server.

Salvation is Free Through Jesus Christ
Striving for Perfection: Are You a Sinless Saint?
Free From the Fear of Death: Law and Works vs Grace
Dead to the Law: God's Laws Written on Our Hearts
Humility in Our Understanding of God's Word
Should Christians Engage in Doctrinal Debates?
Abundant Life Doctrine: Scripturally Exposed!
Money-Making Bible Hucksters and Mammon
Anointed and Unanointed Teachers" KJV Bible Verse List
False Doctrine" KJV Bible Verse List
Led by the Spirit in Our Understanding" KJV Bible Verse List
Taught by Revelation of the Holy Spirit" KJV Bible Verse List

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