WE’RE BOTH USING SCRIPTURE SO…WHOSE RIGHT?

We’re Both Using Scripture, So Whose Right?mi mi

It’s undeniable that sincere, devoted Christians don’t always agree on the interpretation and application of God’s word…the bible.

How many times have you been in a discussion and someone uses scripture to support ‘their’ point and you think to yourself, “Ummm, that’s not what that means.

One of the main reasons that there are so many different groups  or denominations within Christianity is because sincere Christians don’t agree on what was meant by what God said in His inspired word.

“Once Saved Always Saved”

No music instrumental music in worship service

Speaking in Tongues

Proper dress for men or women

Female ministers and pastors

Proper day to worship

Should we celebrate holidays

Tithing

Clean and unclean foods

Should there be priest in church

Is it a sin to drink alcohol

These are just a few of the points in which sincere Christians disagree, unfortunately sometimes to the point of contention. Whether it be huge doctrinal issues or individual disagreements in navigating ‘real life’ situations, too many times Christians are at odds when the word of God clearly said…

1 Corinthians 1:10 (NKJV)

10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Jesus Christ Himself was continually called a devil because He challenged how the religious elite interpreted and viewed the scriptures.

So, how do you know who is right and who is wrong?  NO ONE!

It’s not about US being right or wrong, but who is in harmony with God’s truth. We must be careful not to fall into the mindset of trying to prove we are right. We didn’t create the world. We didn’t die on the cross. We have no authority to be ‘RIGHT’.

So our goal isn’t to be right, but to be in agreement with God’s truth. We can only have unity in the body of Christ when we adopt this mindset. Here are a few ways to tell who is in harmony with God’s truth.

Those who are willing to…

ACCEPT NO GROUP HAS IT ALL RIGHT

It’s interesting how groups and denomonations are so different, but each thinks they are ‘the closet to the truth’. As we grow in our faith, we realize that God doesn’t change, but our theology evolves and changes. That’s what Jesus did. He challenged their theology. Look at some of Jesus’ statement I Matthew 5…

Matthew 5:17(NKJV)

17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill…”

27 “You have heard it said…”

31 “Furthermore it has been said…”

33 Again you have heard it was said to those of old…”

We have to mature and secure enough to realize that we can challenge our theology, grow and change our thinking without implying that the word or God has changed. Every group, just as the religious leaders in the New Testament has to be willing to accept that they are currently believing and practicing some things that ARE NOT in harmony with God’s truth.

HOLDING ON TRADITION

TRYING TO JUSTIFY WHAT WE WANT TO BELIEVE

3 thoughts on “WE’RE BOTH USING SCRIPTURE SO…WHOSE RIGHT?

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  1. I realized that I hadn’t seen any of your posts in my WordPress reader for awhile, so I came here to see how you are doing. I’m sorry I missed this post, it is wonderful!

    You are a great blessing, Pastor Al. I’m praying for you and your family. God bless.

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    1. Hello my friend. Thanks for reaching out. I have been a little quiet on BEBLESSTIFIED.COM since I switched careers and became an educator. I do however re share older posts buried on my blog. I appreciate you and am inspired by your blog as well. Thanks so much for your prayers:-)

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  2. Great post! Like you mentioned, it’s important to keep at the back of one’s mind that all one’s theological positions could be wrong, and to be willing to listen to other views, not just to disagree with them, but to consider the possibility that they could be right. From my personal experience, having passed through several denominational groups, I can attest to the fact that no group has it all, and one should therefore not hold any view too dogmatically. Afterall, the best theology is still man’s interpretation of the Word of God! And no man is infallible!!!
    Most importantly, we should be able to love and accept all other Christians, despite doctrinal differences! Some people I thought were wrong some years back turned out to be right with my current understanding!
    God bless you!

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