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You Can Prove Anything by the Bible

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People make the Bible say many different things not God.

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1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,
1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV
But all things should be done decently and in order.
Introduction:
Have you ever heard, “You can prove anything by the Bible”?
This is only true if someone misuses the Bible and misapplies its teachings. The Bible is unified; it harmonizes. It brings unity, not confusion (Ephesians 4:1–6; 1 Corinthians 14:33, 40).
Ephesians 4:1–6 ESV
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
[Here are some ways the Word of God is misused? ]

The Word of God can be perverted by removing a passage from its setting and giving it a meaning never intended by the Holy Spirit.

For example, this is done when 1 John 3:9 is used in an attempt to prove that a child of God cannot fall from grace because he cannot sin.
1 John 3:9 ESV
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.
This passage actually teaches that the child of God does not continue in the old life of sin he lived prior to his conversion, since the seed (the Word of God, Luke 8:11) abides in his heart.
Luke 8:11 ESV
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

The Word of God is perverted when a misconstruction is placed on a text.

This is done when “rock” in Matthew 16:18 is made to apply to the apostle Peter.
Matthew 16:18 ESV
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
“Rock” refers to the great truth Peter confessed, that Christ is the Son of God (see 1 Corinthians 3:11).
1 Corinthians 3:11 ESV
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

The Word of God is perverted when it is changed to suit the times.

This is often done in moral issues (divorce, homosexuality, abortion, modesty). God’s Word flows from God’s nature and thus, like God (Malachi 3:6),
Malachi 3:6 ESV
“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
Luke 21:33 ESV
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
the Word of God changes not (Luke 21:33). God has given different covenants at different times (Hebrews 8), but the Law of Christ has never changed since it was completed nearly two thousand years ago (Galatians 1:6–9).
Galatians 1:6–9 ESV
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

The Word of God is perverted when figures of speech are literalized.

For example, some try to argue that the “cup” of Matthew 26:27 is made to refer to the container rather than to the content.
Matthew 26:27 ESV
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,

The Word of God is perverted when it is misquoted.

In the Porter-Tingley Debate years ago, Glenn V. Tingley took the word “not” out of 1 Peter 3:21 and made the text teach the opposite of what the Lord intended.
1 Peter 3:21 ESV
Baptism, which corresponds to this, 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,
Let us all sincerely study the Bible and carefully follow its teachings. —Wendell Winkler
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