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Seriously Abused  Scriptures
The Holy Bible is the most abused book in the history of humanity
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Bible imageThe unique authority of the Bible has made it a special object of misuse to support an endless list of strange ideas. But, attempted justification of denominational doctrines or particular theological traditions, has caused damage more than most others to our understanding of this precious Book of books among God's people. Ignorance of context (literary, historical, cultural) commonly causes innocent misunderstandings and therefore misuse, but those listed below go far beyond this to serious abuse.
 
The
Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) abuse of John 3:13
("No one has ascended into heaven [at that time] except He who descended from Heaven, the Son of Man"),
to 'prove' that no-one goes to Heaven now until Christ returns, is not listed below simply because it should be obvious to any thinking person who reads the Bible that the resurrected Jesus brought the righteous dead up from Sheol/Hades with Him when He appeared before the Father after these words were spoken to Nicodemus (as Paul affirmed: "When He ascended on high He led a host of captives" Eph.4:8), and Paul's statement in 1 Thess.4:14 is quite clear that Christ "will bring (them) with Him" in His return to us from Heaven.
SDA abuse of Jn.3:13.
That no-one
goes to heaven
before the resurrection
when Christ returns.
The following list
are some Scriptures whose abuse has been significantly damaging to the life of the Christian Church: 
Matthew 16:18-19 John 20:23 Ephesians 2:8 1 Corinthians 14:34
Matthew 18:19-20 Romans 5:11 1 Corinthians 3:17 1 Peter 3:21

 
  Matthew 16:18-19  
 
"And I tell you, you are Peter ['Cephas' in Aramaic, Jesus' and Peter's home language, see I Cor.15:5],
and on this rock ['cephas' in Aramaic, the language in which this was declared]
I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,
and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven
."
 
 
Three errors of differing effect are associated with the use of this scripture –
 
     error 1: 'The rock means Peter's papal office upon which the true church is built'.
   error 2: 'The rock means the true confession/doctrine of Christ'.
   error 3: 'The rock means Christ Himself'.
 
There
is no uncertainty concerning the meaning of the 'rock' in this context if we allow the Bible to speak its own mind without imposing our theology. The context of these two verses allows no other meaning than that Peter, whose God-inspired insight ('thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God') provoked Christ's statement, is rewarded by his inclusion in the foundation layer of Christ's ecclesia, His church.
 
 
The rest of Scripture pointedly lets us know that this was not unique to Peter (as the papacy and anglo-catholics insist today). The Revelation shows the personal names (not the offices or positions) of all twelve apostles set in the foundation layer of Christ's Church, His Bride-City (Rev.21:14). This does not include Judas Iscariot even though he had the opportunity as one of the Twelve appointed by Jesus as apostles. It is the Twelve on the Day of Pentecost that stood as leaders of new-born Christianity: hence, the importance of Acts chapter one concerning their qualification in confirmation of Jesus' statement in John 15:27 –
"And you also will bear witness,
[in addition to the Holy Spirit's witness to the world through all true believers]
because you have been with Me from the beginning."
 
Jesus
had explained this at the Last Supper, that in addition to the future witness of the Holy Spirit through them (like all other Christians) they would themselves be a witness because they had been with Him from the beginning of His ministry. For this very reason Peter insists that the replacement for Judas must have been with Jesus from Christ's baptism by John until His Ascension (Ac.1:21-22). (And for this reason Paul could never be counted as one of the Twelve).
 
 
Jesus says that Peter's new understanding about Him is a supernatural enlightenment, a product of Peter's devotion to God (v.17). Peter's name-change confirms Christ's recognition of the change in Peter's heart which had allowed his new perspective on Jesus (v.15). The unstable 'reed' was to become a 'rock', useful to God in leadership of the forming ecclesia, the congregation of Christ. 
 
 
This witness of Scripture to the non-exclusive non-transferable nature of the promise made to Peter is confirmed by the language facts. The language in which Christ spoke this promise was Aramaic, the common language of the Palestine region at the time. In this language the name 'Cephas' (translated as 'Petros' in the Greek New Testament) and the word 'rock' are exactly the same.
 
 
This makes nonsense of the Protestant claim that the different Greek endings in the use of the same word twice in the text (petros and petra) makes it mean two different things: (1) petros=Peter, (2) petra=confession of Christ, or Christ Himself. This is a subjection of God's Word to polemical interest, and it is a violation of its purpose and context.
 
 
Both sides of the Protestant-Catholic divide have abused this Scripture for polemical reasons. But God says:
"... the City [Christ's 'Bride', the Church] had twelve foundations,
and on them were the names [not the offices] of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." (Rev.21:14).
This honour is not inheritable by any subsequent person in church history. Remember, the Twelve's essential qualification was that they were leaders who were personal eye-witnesses of Christ's ministry from His baptism to His ascension.
 
As
foundational leader, Peter exercised the first 'key' in opening the door of the New Covenant to Israel in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, and the second 'key' in opening the door to the Gentiles in Roman Caesarea, the administrative capital of Palestine.
 
  Matthew 18:18-20  
 
"Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask,
it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven.
For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them.
"
 
  error 1: 'the church through its bishops has Heaven's authority on earth'.
error 2: 'unity in faith (prayer) gives Heaven's authority on earth'.
 
The
terms 'keys', 'bind' and 'loose' are idiomatic within Jesus' culture of the time for authority, just as 'gates of hell' refers to Satan's authority.
 
 
This passage is the concluding climax on disciplinary procedures to be followed in maintaining godly relationships within the fellowship of Christ's disciples. It has nothing to do with unity in prayer for things, and even less for any special authority attached to persons or ranks in church organization or ministry.
 
 
The last line of this quote is often used in Protestant churches to say that God is with the congregation because they have 'gathered' in Christ's name. It has nothing to do with any church meeting unless that specific church meeting is the full implementation of the instructed disciplinary reconciliation or expulsion from all fellowship by the aggrieved party a witness (the person who is number 'three').
 
 
Neither is Christ number four in a meeting of 'three'. The obedient to diligently preserve the spiritual unity among Christ's disciples represent Him. This is God's guarantee to those who reconcile their differences that He is on their side in all Heaven's authority to implement the healing of their disrupted Christian relationship.
 
  John 20:22-23  
 
"Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven;
if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.
"
 
  error: 'successors of the first apostles have unique authority to forgive sins'. Roman Catholic error
This
forgiveness is the mission of all who "receive the Holy Spirit", Who was given to all God's people everywhere on the Day of Pentecost. It is the ministry of 'reconciliation' as Paul called it. It is the responsibility of every Christian. There is no other channel of God's redemptive mercy other than the Spirit-filled Christian.
 
  Romans 5:12  
 
"Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin,
and so death spread to all men because all sinned --
for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given,
but sin is not counted where there is no law.
"
 
  error: 'everyone is born damned'. Reformed Church error
It is
clear. No 'law', no sin, even though born of Adam. Law is the knowledge of sin. Lack of knowledge is innocence even when sinfulness lurks latent in the propensities of human nature. Every child is born innocent (guiltless, not righteous). Spiritual death spreads to all because they all sinned themselves. Read the text again.
 
 
Therefore guilt cannot be inherited from the sins of others anymore than righteousness can be inherited from the good works of our ancestors.
 
  Ephesians 2:8  
 
"...the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship...".
 
 
error: 'faith is a sovereign gift from God given to His elect'.
Reformed Church error
In the
text's  context, saving grace is the gift, not faith (trust).Faith is simply the channel through which the grace of forgiveness is received. Faith is the human response to God: the only right response. Anything less is sin.
 
 
This faith-gift misinterpretation of the text has been a shameful twisting of God's Word from the days of Augustine of Hippo, which Calvin unfortunately followed, and the Reformed movement perpetuated.
 
  1 Corinthians 3:17  
 
"If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him.
For God's temple is holy, and you
[plural] are that temple [singular]."
 
  error: 'suicide is an unforgivable sin'.  
Paul
is addressing the quality of that which is built upon the foundation which he laid in Corinth - the congregation (1Cor.3:10-15). The congregation ('you' plural) is collectively the temple of God. This passage has been confused with 1 Cor.6:15-20, in which the physical body (flesh) of the believer is described as a temple of God's presence because of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
 
 
This text is not a threat by God to 'destroy' those who 'destroy' themselves (the same term is used), which is self-contradictory, or send to Hell those who commit suicide, which is more often said by false teachers.
 
 
Not only has this misrepresentation of God's word hurt survivors of a family suicide, it has also robbed the Christian church of its true meaning - accountability of Christian leaders for what they do with Christ's congregation.
 
  1 Corinthians 14:33-34  
 
"For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches.
For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says.
"
 
  error: 'women are not permitted to speak in church'. Plymouth Brethren error 
Because
1 Cor.11:5 precedes this text, the readers are assumed to know that any woman prophesying in church should have a covering on her head as a sign that she is not usurping male responsibility for leadership. Therefore, if the prophesying of women is accepted as part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the church, it is amazing that this text could ever be used to insist that they must be silent. Neither Paul nor any other part of Holy Scripture contradicts itself, as would be implied.
 
 
The issue here is orderliness in church meetings, namely one person speaking at a time! Interruptions or interjections for explanations because a woman did not have the same background education as the men of that time was not to be allowed to interfere with the public ministry of the gathered congregation and cause it to become disorderly.
 
  1 Peter 3:21  
 
"Baptism, which corresponds to this [Noah's Flood], now saves you,
not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience,
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ
".
 
  error: 'without water baptism one cannot be saved'. Church of Christ error 
Christian
baptism is to Christian conversion as the resurrection of Jesus is to His crucifixion. It is the physical outward sign of an inward spiritual redemption. As the resurrection by God declared the sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice for our sin, so also a believer's baptism is the outward demonstration of an internal saving faith.
 
 
Our sin is no more taken away by Christ's resurrection as that our salvation could be conferred through water baptism. It is Christ's Cross which alone is the place where God's love propitiated His justice for our sakes and therefore from which God's mercy flows upon every repentant heart!
 

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