Twisting Scripture

Martin Luther’s ministry as a reformer was in the early 16th Century. However, even back then people were trying to force their own man-made doctrines on the Bible. Nothing has changed. People still do this. The use of the Bible this way is always eisegetical. That is, it is reading into the text that which is not there. This does violence to the authority of scripture and it’s inerrancy. Every heresy started this way. Also, much of the rebellion against traditional churches these days is born within those who believe that established denominations are guilty of doing the same thing. This has tragic consequences. No matter how we "feel" about these things, we must not fall into the mistake of throwing out the baby with the bath water. I am not alone in contending that the Church is ripe for another Reformation. However, currently there are many counterfeit reformations taking place that are extra-Biblical in nature. In their zeal to reform, they have done away with the Authority of Scripture as our baseline. This is huge error and we must take a stand and not give in the least little bit on the truth and veracity of God’s Word, that it is inerrant and complete. As you read the following devotional by Martin Luther, I pray that the Lord will place the burden of remaining in this war on your heart as He has mine. – Mike Ratliff

by Martin Luther

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. (John 14:16)

When otherwise intelligent people hear these words of Christ, they cleverly reply, "Those aren’t God’s words, but those of a mere human. If he were God, he would say, ‘I myself will send you another Counselor.’" These people want to instruct the Holy Spirit and make find distinctions with grammar and logic. They insist that anyone who has to ask for something can’t be God. Therefore, Christ cannot be God. They argue persuasively and even assert that the Holy Spirit doesn’t know how to speak correctly. In their eyes, whatever the Holy Spirit says or does is wrong. They find fault with everything. They aren’t godly enough to take the time to compare these verses with others. Instead, they take a verse here and a verse there. They pounce on a couple of words and distort them in order to obscure what the Bible means. If it were valid to tear one or two words from the text and forget about the rest, then I also could twist Scripture any way that I wanted.

But this is the correct way to approach Scripture: look at the entire passage; look at what comes before and after the verse. In this case, you will find that Christ speaks both as God and as man. This is powerful proof that Jesus is both true man and true God, as our teaching and faith hold. How can we explain that Jesus speaks as God and as man at the same time? He can speak either way, because he possesses both divine and human natures. If Jesus spoke everywhere as God, no one could prove that he was a true man. If he spoke as a man all the time, no one would know that he is also true God.

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7 thoughts on “Twisting Scripture

  1. I am not alone in contending that the Church is ripe for another Reformation. However, currently there are many counterfeit reformations taking place that are extra-Biblical in nature.

    Mike,

    I’ve been meditating on this very subject as lf late, and I’m persuaded that there are two simultaneous “reformations” currently taking place within the professing church.

    Now please understand that I’m not claiming some type of “new light” or secret midnight revelation here, I’m merely speaking of what I see with my own eyes in the light of revealed scripture.

    While the broader professing church continues its inexorable slouch toward Gomorrah there is a quiet revival taking place. I’ve read of innumerable cases of men and women of God “coming out of her” to be sanctified and set apart for the use of the master. These are less concerned with the praise of men than they are with the glory of God. These are those who stand steadfastly against the downward spiral of evangelical Christianity and proclaim “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29).

    Perhaps the wheat and the tares and the sheep and the goats are even now being separated. Regardless of whether or not my observation has any merit I know these things shall come to pass as the Lord wills. Let those who are called by His name be always ready with an answer for the hope that is within us and let us not grow weary of well doing.

    John 14:1-3 (King James Version)
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    John 14:1-3
    Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

    Our hope of glory!

    Our hope of glory!

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  2. Coram Deo,

    Yes, and you and I are part of that quiet revival. What is our revival cry? Isn’t it, “We ought to obey God rather than men!” ? The separation is taking place right now. Those who have been separated unto God are not in love with this world, nor are they in love with the praise of men, nor are they in love with themselves. Their heart’s desire is to be with Jesus, but until then they desire more than life for God to be glorified in them.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  3. I’m glad to have found the church I did…reformed! It follows the teachings of Scripture and I see how these teachings correspond to the teachings of Luther, Calvin etc. If you don’t mind, Mike, would you put up their website under churches on your site? Maybe there are people from Madison, WI who are looking for a good Bible teaching church. We are very small but Christ is always the center of every service and Bible study! http://www.providenceopchurch.org

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  4. There is a growing redefining of how we approach Scripture. Compassion, friendships, uncomfortableness, and cultural considerations now play a part in understanding doctrinal truth. The emergent crowd, in different levels, attempt to at least dull the edge of Biblical truth and at worst redefine and change the truth itself.

    The purpose/seeker group appear orthodox (mostly) on paper but attempt to make all truth palatable and comfortable to the capitalist society. And most of what they teach is contoured to be relevant in an earthly existance with very little mention of eternity and its monstrous consequences.

    All of it goes to how do we approach Scripture, and how do we present it. We must always be humble, but we must always present truth in the power of the Spirit, not molding the light to be compatible with the darkness. If light has lost its brightness it is no longer effective in chasing the darkness, and if it stripped of its power it can no longer set the captives free. One can revamp his life without being saved, but one cannot be saved without a revamping of his life.

    It seems like semantics but it is the difference between heaven and hell.

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  5. People who were not transformed by the Spirit of God and the power of the Gospel would always make their entry into the group by faking the effects of transformation. But their minds are set on worldly things, like material prosperity, social status, power and influence, name and personal glory. God knows them through and through, though they may fool the brethren. This was true right from the beginning of the Church. However, there is a remnant, as it has always been. Praise God, He is still on the throne!

    I agree with all of you, Mike, Coram and Henry. We believers, who are seeking the glory of God in our lives, should keep talking about it as often as possible among fellow believers. The Word of God should be approached as the Word of Almighty GOD and hence with all seriousness. It should never be administered to make people feel good. We should oppose every time preachers try to make it palatable to the listeners. Rather, it should be presented as the fire that purifies, the hammer that shatters, the mirror that exposes, the sword that pierces and the light that gives life. If the Lord has meant it to be so who can make it otherwise?

    God be with you in your earnest attempts to please Him and Him alone!

    Joji

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