On The Use & Misuse Of The Bible

My Comment:  This is an excellent article, one we should all take to heart.

(Crosswalk .com)  Last week, I received a comment on YouTube challenging the assertion I made in our Sexual Brokenness series that homosexual behavior was one of the many ways we exhibit sexual brokenness.

Dennis asked: “Why do you focus on that sin and ignore the rest of Leviticus? There are laws in there against gluttony, eating pork and shrimp, and wearing cotton-poly blends.” You know what? He’s right. In the book often quoted to condemn homosexual sin, these other things are condemned also. So what do we do now?

Yesterday we talked about how important it is for Christians to commit themselves to the Scriptures. But it’s not enough that we read and quote the Bible. How we read and quote it matters too. A lot. The basic fact is that we evangelicals often misuse the Bible in ways that can look just silly to the outside world.

We’re often quick to quote verses or moralize stories out of context. For example, we’ll quote Jeremiah 29:11, and claim that the promise found there means God has plans to prosper us and not harm us. But we’re unaware that that particular promise was delivered to Israel, a nation whom God had just punished by sending them to captivity.

The problem here is not that we don’t know what the verse says, but that we don’t really know what the verse means, because we don’t know the rest of Jeremiah 29, or the rest of Jeremiah 1, or where this promise fits in the whole scheme of redemptive history.

This sort of proof-texting reveals our tendency to selectively focus on certain parts of the Scripture, like the promises, while we ignore the other parts, like the curses.

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4 replies

  1. Scripture describes better than I ever could as to why it seems a contradiction faced on this article to think one is focusing on one point (homosexuality) and the other being (food)….Here is what God says defiles a person.”Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:neither fornicators, nor idolaters, not adulterers, nor effeminate(Homosexual’s),nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, not drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you:but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified , but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God”(1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
    Just as scripture tells us that what goes into a person (food)does not defile them,but what is the thoughts of a person -what comes out of the heart of man defiles. Food=”Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly and goeth out into the draught,purging all meats”.
    (Mark 7:19).
    God has given the homosexual over to a reprobate mind,for that is THEIR CHOICE.(Romans 1:27,28)And also the men,leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,and receiving in themselves that recompence (Payment)of their error which was meet (fit). And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”.
    God himself! Not the writers and posters of articles on this website says these words….”They profess that they know God;but in works they deny him,being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate”.(Titus 1:16).


    • God bless you Julia. You speak the truth. What I thought was good about this and I understand the point because I had this very thing said to me. They said you can’t quote leviticus for a sin against homosexual it and ignore the laws about shellfish for example. And in that aspect it’s right. However as the author pointed out we must take into account who God was speaking to and why. Paul addresses this very thing in his writings and so did jesus himself. When he said it’s not what goes into a man that makes him unclean it’s what comes out. So I hope that clears things a bit. At least I wanted to point out and I think maybe the author did too that the argument by a gay advocate that you can’t use leviticus when pointing out sin of homosexuality is an invalid argument. Thanks Julia for your insight and very watchful eye.


  2. Dennis I would like to say that it is not that we center on the sin of homosexuality here and leave other things out…….God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because they were eating bad food…..he destroyed the city because of their SIN AGAINST THEIR SOULS! as sodomy is for eating wrong food does not suffer a person to lose their soul,it is a sin against the flesh body where homosexuality is a sin against the soul of man for we are the temple of God and this is a grave misuse of the holy temple of God which we are the house of God and scripture tells us it is a sin as it was in Sodom and Gomorrah..they did’nt get detroyed for eating shellfish!God Bless You.ROMANS 1:27-32.The soul is so important to God which is what repentance is for…….we are sinning against our soul with an unrighteous act and God says that in different places of scripture.



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