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

  1. Daniel says:

    great post! false teachers always take scripture out of context.

  2. Special K. says:

    Its great- your posts are really encouraging me to investigate. After listening to a post on You Tube of T.D Jakes praying about the world, it is centred mainly on peace in the world. But Jesus said that he hasn’t come to bring peace but division. If I have got this correct the peace that is spoken of in the Gospels is about the peace that you receive when we have Jesus, which mean than when we go through trials, persecution and attacks from the devil – fear not, worry not for God is with you.
    TD Jakes said that he wants his son to grow up in a world full of peace, away from danger. That is not going to happen unless every single person gives their life to Christ around the time that he is alive.
    This type of teaching sets up people for a fall. The reason why this is is because this is not the promise that God gave us (peace on earth). Plus if we were to have peace on earth, why would we want to die and be in heaven with God. It is sad because as soon as these people stop receiving they are going to see their emptiness- lets just hope that they will repent and not turn away forever.

    Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (John 15:20)

    Where is the persecution? I would love these ministers to meet a christian in a muslim country being beaten for believing in Christ.

  3. Wow Alan this is good stuff!!!

  4. ellzrae says:

    Hi, thanks for posting for us to examine. Appreciate the time you spent on it.. God bless you.

  5. C'wick says:

    I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your efforts and investigations and resources. Your time is not wasted, my brother, for you are helping those of us whom are seeking truth in a world full of false. Sometimes I feel so alone in my discernment of so-called leaders when everyone else seems to glorify them. We have a local biker called “Bear” whom performs “Todd Bentley-style” glamor shows at places like the meth rally where he feeds off of those already victimized and longing to be free from bondage. It really leaves me disheartened at times. After they literally said “we expect these buckets to be full (of money … and they were huge!!)”, ‘ol Bear comes out looking very proud of himself and starts pushing people down and even spit on a few as they went down like some sort of body-fluid anointing. I’ve never been so offended by the obvious blasphemy and fleecing of God’s children.
    Thanks for giving me something to work with, backing it with scripture and all-around just helping me to know that I am not alone in this growing mess of false religious movements. It’s no wonder so many will be fooled by the anti-christ when so many are fooled now just by your common criminals.
    Yahweh … please have mercy on us.
    Love, Chad

  6. michael m says:

    I once heard a remarkable gifted speaker with a remarkable way in expounding scripture . But one of his sermons didn’t sound right in my estimation . It concerned the ‘word was made flesh ‘ .
    My understanding of this doctrine is that The Word who was with God and who was God became flesh and dwelt amongst us .
    This itinerant preacher turned that understanding about to mean : the word -the bible was made flesh – pointing to his body . The idea was that we too have to make ‘the word’ flesh in us too .
    It sounds feasible and desirable , but that is NOT what the meaning of John chapter one is about .
    It talks about a Person , God , the Eternal Word becoming flesh in time don’t you think ? .
    It has bugged me for years but I think I have an answer now as to the trick , or sleight of hand or wrong use of the verse involved if it was .
    The speaker may have turned a NOUN The Word , a Person , into the word , a VERB as a thing or object .
    I think the speaker was sincere but too clever .
    I suspect if it is an altering of the meaning of well known scripture truth then it may be harmful.
    I would be interested in hearing other views !!!!

    • Alan Higgins says:

      The context and the verse tells you what the Word refers to when it says ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen HIS glory, glory as of the only SON from the Father, full of grace and truth.’

  7. michael m says:

    I know , Alan. But the speakers delivery was not publicly challenged , and , years later and,as even your comment shows , it was remarkable that it wasn’t.
    And being an itinerant speaker ,the man was able to preach that message again and again improving it as he went . Even abroad probably .
    I remember now , ‘…….and the word was made flesh . Who made the word flesh ? (shout) JESUS MADE THE WORD FLESH …………..’ and his sermon went on .
    A small voice did raise concern , but was rebuffed because the man was bigger than any objection in the eyes of his hearers probably . Lol.

  8. Shaye Hobby says:

    Just basically all these preachers need to just say is “we don’t have the funds to keep this show on can you help? It will help souls get saved for the Kingdom of God and I am donating money to it as well and I’ll show you I’m donating the money into it so you will believe me.” Why can’t they just say that in the right sense not into deception and twisted scripture? !!Be HONEST!! They give Jesus a bad name in my book. I stopped watching TBN back in 2003. Haven’t watched it since and I don’t listen to any of those Pastors on there either.

  9. Emi says:

    God opened my eyes to see what false christianity i was into…
    I know you may not understand Russian, but if you take a look, the images are self-speaking…:
    ….and they’re not the only ones… :/
    Thank you so much for your work, God bless you!

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