Misquoting and Misusing Makes Weak Christ Followers
Yesterday, I saw someone post a Bible verse that I knew was ABSOLUTELY out of context from the moment I saw it. To Empower women, someone posted Psalm 46:5, which says " 5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. " It sounds like it fits! But when you get into the full context, the Psalm is a prayer for Jerusalem or the Celestial City (The City of God). It is nothing to do with a single person, but to speak of the blessed place where God makes His home. I once saw on a Biblical Inspirations poster "All this I will give to you if you bow down and worship me," which sounds inspirational, until you read the full context of SATAN tempting Jesus (Matthew 4, Luke 4)! When we misquote the Bible and make it sound like something it never said, or does not say, we diminish the work of Christ in ourselves because we are trying to make His word fit in to our lives. The purpose of the Word is to teach, train, discipline and lift up. If we turn it into a motivational calendar, we're going to be disappointed; we remove weapons from the Holy Arsenal that the Lord has given us against the Enemy. Seek God on His terms, not yours. Watch how He becomes more and more real as we surrender to His will.
2 Timothy 3 English Standard Version (ESV)
Godlessness in the Last Days
3 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God
10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work.
a. 2 Timothy 3:14 The Greek for whom is plural
b. 2 Timothy 3:17 That is, a messenger of God (the phrase echoes a common Old Testament expression)