Doctrines out of context

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  1. tinytim

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    We all know how important it is to not build a doctrine on one Scripture, or to build a doctrine on "out of context" passages...

    Can you give me some examples of this?

    What are some doctrines that have been built this way?

    I appreciate your imput.
     
  2. J. Jump

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    Boy are you opening up a can of worms :) The most simple doctrine that has been perverted is the simple message of salvation by grace through faith.

    There are a great deal more, but I guess my question is why the question?
     
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    Snake charming is a rather inoffensive example (Mark 16).

    Rob
     
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    How about baptists that baptize into the membership of the local church by using Acts 2:41
     
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    I am teaching a Bible Study on the harm of taking a text out of context, and verse lifting, and what it will do to true doctrine.
    I am looking for examples to show how easy it is to do this, so I can show them what they need to look out for.

    And since I never take any text out of context, I can't think of any off the top of my head.:laugh: :praying: :saint:

    No.. actually I did think of the works/faith texts... you know Paul vs James...When you take one without the other, or take either out of context, it distorts scripture.

    Thanks for the input.
     
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    Using the "old paths" scripture to justify preferences that are often based in mid 20th-century settings.
     
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    Those who teach baptismal regeneration will use the "repent and be baptized" verses in Acts as proof for their erroneous doctrine.
     
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    1 cor 14:14, 15 is often used as a proof text for a private prayer language.:laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
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    Just about anything the RCC teaches.
     
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    Psalm 12:7 is another good one. It is often said God promised in this verse to preserve His words, when His promise is really to preserve the downtrodden (read the entire Psalm in context).

    :laugh: :rolleyes: :eek: :D
     
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    I like your humor.

    Here's one to make sure you get in there ;) The kingdom of the heavens (Matthew - John 3 (some manuscripts including the earliest) is not the same thing as eternal salvation. For some reason the two have been combined :(
     
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    "Unequally yoked" in regards to business.
     
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    Actually v.1 determines the context of v.7 not v.5
     
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    Each of these two verses out of Matthew are used out of context so many times. I've been guilty of it.... till I took a hermeneutics class. :laugh:

    19. "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.
    20. "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."

    The context is church discipline.
     
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    WOW :eek: I've been guilty of this also... you are right!
     
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    I knew a woman who condoned years of adultery by telling me, "Doesn't the Bible say 'God is love'? Therefore He is in this relationship."

    Then there are the truncated and misquoted verses:

    "the truth will set you free" is the THEN part of an IF clause which is usually conveniently left out or forgotten.

    "money is the root of all evil" leaves out 'the love of' in front of money!

    The sowing and reaping verses are widely used by the televangelists to get money out of people.

    Romans 10 is usually truncated at verse 17, ignoring that Paul answers his own question and the implications behind his answer when he quotes Psalm 19.

    Romans 7:14+ is often used to describe believers, ignoring that, in his narrative, Paul has put himself in a state of narrative death five times, once in almost every verse from verse 9 on.

    In Romans 9 it is claimed that Esau was hated before he was born, when the Bible in Obadiah and Malachi clearly explains otherwise.

    The discussion between God and Abraham in Genesis 15 is often used to claim that God is promising many offspring to Abraham, which He does do both before and after that time. However that particular time is explained by Paul in Galatians 3; but again the implications are uncomfortable to many.

    That's a few to start....grin. And that's without even going into how Romans 8:28 is ignored by those who used the next two verses to support ...ahem...another doctrine...
     
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    I saw someone--I believe on this board--cite "touch not, taste not, handle not" (Colossians 2:21) as a commandment to which believers should be held.
     
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    Since the old paths deal specifically with holiness, it seems you have a preference against holiness.
     
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    I did, and it doesn't include the footnotes in the Canon of Scripture.
     
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    Actually, verse 6 and 7 go hand in hand in plurality in the pronouns: words/them, not as you suppose: godly man/them.

    I love the way God's Word is in complete harmony in our English language, it perfectly reflects the originals.
     

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