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Scripture is a Sword, Not a Baseball Bat

I hate it when people, both Christian and Non, use Scripture to beat one another with. It's a tool by non Christians to silence Christians, and it's a weapon used by many who call themselves Christian to beat down anyone who oppose them. We use it wrong. Don't get me wrong: " 16All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17) I get it! It's profitable for teaching, reproof (to disprove), and correction, but the Bible is not a club to beat non-believers over the head with. It's for the person who follows Jesus. We engage the world to bring them to Christ, we engage other believers to sharpen them, to encourage them, to correct them, and to edify the church. The Sword divides flesh and Spirit, seeking to make us less of the flesh and more of the Spirit. We should be striving always to be guided by the Holy Spirit, and allow Him to influence through God's word, but God's word is not a club by which we should beat one another over the head with. That is not the way of love, nor is it the way of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 3

Godlessness in the Last Days

1But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9But 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

10You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11my 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. 12Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whoma you learned it 15and 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. 16All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of Godb may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Footnotes: a 14 The Greek for whom is plural b 17 That is, a messenger of God (the phrase echoes a common Old Testament expression)

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