Context

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

I remember a story my mother told me from her childhood; forgive me, Mom, if I don’t get this 100% correct, it’s the point I’m after.

Once my grandfather heard that his mother-in-law, Mom’s grandmother, had called her and one of her sisters “streetwalkers”. This infuriated my grandfather to the point he confronted her as to why she would say such a thing. She told him that’s how they spent their afternoons, doing nothing useful but walking up and down the street. The way she used the word and the way he perceived it were two totally different things. Context is everything…

This is true with Scripture, too. Before we quote a verse that “backs up” our point of view, we need to make certain that we are using it in the context in which God meant for it to be used. To “pick & choose” Scripture and quote it in a way to make our point, not in the way God intended it, is wrong. When we take our opinion and brand it as “Bible” we are making a grave error. And to do so causes nothing but harm to the Body of Christ.

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