Archive for November 13, 2007

Scripture twisting

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book and the devil first used it when he was tempting Jesus. Satan wrongly divided the word of God, twisted it and said

If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written (here comes the twist):
‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone’. (Matthew 4:6)

If Jesus did not know the word, he could well have said “well he is quoting scripture so it must be correct” but the problem was that the devil was quoting it out of context. This is what many false teachers do and because christians are too lazy to study for themself, they swallow any spiritual junk food that is fed to them. False teachers count on the fact that you will not follow how they jump through the Scriptures, matching words out of context at a fast pace.They are not aware of some basic rules of bible interpretation. It is so important to look at the context of a verse or verses. Greg Koukl gives some good advice to never read a bible verse. Instead, read at least a paragraph before and a paragraph afterwards.

But Jesus rightly divided the word of truth and said in verse

It is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test. (Matthew 4:7)

Now before you watch the video below and in light of what I have said above, please read 2 Kings 6:1-7 because that is where the clip is taken from. Even better, read the paragraphs before and after. Now watch this:

This is a classic example of twisting scripture in order to get money from those who do not know any better, those who are desperate for a miracle, or those who simply cannot be bothered to study the bible for themselves. The scripture is simply about one of the sons of the prophets who was cutting down trees and in the process, the axe head fell in the water and sank. Elisha threw down a stick where it fell and the axe head floated showing God’s miraculous power. It has nothing to do with all the gumph that was talked about in this video. False Teachers can make the bible say anything they want it to say but the crucial question is , is it true?

Bezel333 has made an interesting video which shows another example of scripture twisting

Why are fire engines red?

Because they’ve got 8 wheels and 4 people on them
8 + 4 = 12
There are 12 inches in a foot
One foot is a ruler
There was a ruler named Queen Elizabeth
A ship named Queen Elizabeth sails the seas
In the seas are fish
On the fish are fins
The Fins fought the Russians
And Russians are red.
And that’s why fire engines are red. Because they’re always rushin’

Sounds silly doesn’t it? But this is exactly what scripture twisters do.

I will leave you with this warning from Peter

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:14-18)

For more information on Scripture Twisting, read this article which is very informative and this one also

Remember to pray for these teachers.

Related posts:

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 1 – A Form of godliness

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 3 – The abuse of biblical numerolgy

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 4 – Man Centered theology

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 5 – The Prosperity Gospel

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers (Interlude) – My reason for doing this

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 6 – Denial that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 7 – Signs and Wonders

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 8 – Deconstruction

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 9 – Giving False Hope

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 10 – The misuse of old testament scriptures

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 11 – The Gospel of Inclusion

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers  – The Conclusion