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Mis-applying Scripture


Just writing from my heart right now–so forgive me if this post appears to be somewhat scattered.

Some days my frustration level almost reaches the point in which I’d just just as soon never read another commentary, column, or private teaching on anything or by anyone ever again, and just stick to the Bible. I get so tired of seeing scripture mis-quoted and mis-applied. I really mean that. Most of the time I can inwardly deal with it–I’ll read it, think, ‘That is error’ and pass on to something else without it bothering me too much. Why? because we all can be in error–and no one more then myself, on any given issue, at any given time. After all we live and grow in wisdom and knowledge concerning the things of God and His Word.

But, on other days it can really get to me…especially when it comes from someone I’ve read for years and/or have deep respect for as a brother or sister in the Lord.

Earlier today I read the newest column by Hal Lindsey over at Worldnetdaily: ‘I will bless them that bless thee’.

That portion of scripture in his title, concerning God’s words to Abraham, has got to be the most misquoted and misapplied scripture today….

In Hal’s commentary he says:

There are three distinct statements made within the Divine promise of blessing given to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The first is that God will bless those who bless the Jews
The second is that God promised that in the Jews “shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Without the Jews, there would be no Bible. Jesus came to earth as a Jew. Without the Jewish Jesus, there would be no Christianity.
Apart from the theological argument, a quick look at the last hundred years or so proves the promise isn’t confined to religious blessings alone……
……The “Jewish influence” in American life is part of God’s blessing on America…..
First, what does that scripture really say?
Genesis 12: Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
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God is speaking to Abraham concerning himself personally in the first portion. How can we know this? Because the “thee” is singular, referring only to one person. Did God bless Abraham and make of him a great nation? Yes, He certainly did.
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The last part: “and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed“… Did this come about as well? Yes, it did..through the continuing seed of Abraham which Jesus came through. The blessing prophesied here is speaking of the coming Messiah, Christ Jesus. The blessing is Christ and the new Covenant. It says nothing of people today being blessed because they bless the Jews.
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What Hal has done in his newest commentary is misuse that verse to make a point…one political in nature. I’m once again disappointed in someone I believed spoke the truth. While I have never agreed with him on most of his teachings concerning Eschatology, I still had respect for him in how he handled the Word of God.

10 comments on “Mis-applying Scripture

  1. I agreed with you 2000%!. I read the same article. That was complete misuse of scripture on his part. In his eagerness to make a point he mis-interpreted the scripture.

  2. Yemi, It took me aback to read Hal’s commentary, and see him use those scriptures like he did…..It made me sad.

    Thanks, I’m glad to hear you read it and saw the same thing…

    I PRAY this isn’t the beginning of watching still another long-time bible teacher, start down the wrong doctrinal road.

  3. I just read Hal Lindsey’s article in it’s entirety. It is a gross twisting of Scripture. I became familiar with Hal Lindsey’s material over thirty years ago. It was’t until the last few years, when I understood what dispensational theology was, that I knew he was a dispensationalist, and has been for a long time. The same is true of one of my all time favorite, Dave Hunt. Since dispensationalism ties into politics, and war (Zionism), it’s not something that we can just overlook. I actually felt sick reading Lindsey’s article this morning.

    Blessings,
    Cathy

  4. Since dispensationalism ties into politics, and war (Zionism), it’s not something that we can just overlook.

    Cathy, im beginning to understand that more and more daily…

    Because of the times we’re living in, the condition of the world and the way Christians are applying their end-time eschotological beliefs to these issues, it has grown too dangerous to let things slide like this commentary.

  5. Regardless of what one thinks of the Jews on either side of this issue, one must keep in mind that, that little piece of land over there was staked out by God, and belongs to HIM. If Abraham’s progeny, who were divided into tribes and apportioned land (key word: LAND) are out of fellowship, that’s not our problem. It’s God’s problem. God is not done with Israel and Jesus will sit on the throne of David and rule. Hal Lindsey does “reach” sometimes but that land, that land belongs to God and those he chose to inhabit it.

  6. Hi Silverkz;

    …that land belongs to God ….

    Amen…its too bad many Christians cannot understand that, and misapply scripture to prop up their private eschatology beliefs…

  7. (Mat 7:15 KJV) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    (Mat 10:16 KJV) Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

    (Acts 20:29 KJV) For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

    (2 Tim 4:1 KJV) I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

    (Prov 28:13) He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.

    (Prov 28:14) Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

    Some persons do preach, write out of their guilty, to compensate for the related emptiness they are feeling, while others write because they are ambitious, they write out of seeking fame, their seeking a place of prominence.. I tend to be very conservative in my writings, I tend not to readily write unless I am really sure that I am inspired by the Holy Sprit, and I can always be prompted, reminded, inspired to write something if God wants me to do so..

    Too many persons here too are wrongfully these days adding or taking away from the word of God, the Bible and that is why there is so much disputes, different contradictory wrings in the Churches also these days.. of course this happens cause there will be always the wolves now amongst us as well, those followers of the devil who want to destroy the word of God too.

    (Rom 16:7 KJV) Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

    Imagine that Junia is a woman, and is proclaimed to be an additional apostle as well…

    (1 Cor 1:10 KJV) Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

    (1 Cor 1:11 KJV) For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

    (1 Cor 2:2 KJV) For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

    (1 Cor 3:3 KJV) For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

    (1 Cor 5:13 KJV) But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

    (1 Cor 6:5 KJV) I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?

    (1 Cor 11:19 KJV) For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

    (2 Cor 6:17 KJV) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

    (Phil 2:15 KJV) That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

    (1 Th 5:13 KJV) And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

    (1 Th 5:15 KJV) See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

    (2 Th 3:7 KJV) For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

    (2 Th 3:11 KJV) For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

    (2 Tim 2:2 KJV) And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

    (James 1:26 KJV) If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

    (James 3:6 KJV) And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

    (James 3:13 KJV) Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

    (James 4:1 KJV) From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

    (1 Pet 4:8 KJV) And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

    (1 Pet 5:1 KJV) The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

    (1 Pet 5:2 KJV) Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

    (2 Pet 2:1 KJV) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

    (3 John 1:9 KJV) I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

    (Jude 1:15 KJV) To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

    (2 Pet 1:2 KJV) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

    (Rev 22:17 KJV) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

  8. We Stand as One with Israel need to be saved even today by Jesus Christ alone.

    Sixty years ago a nation was re born in a day . Emaciated Jews from 1945 to 1948, stumbled out of Europe’s death camps liberated by the Allies, but they had no place to go. Their homes and possessions were destroyed or confiscated and their family members murdered. Many of the survivors believed that the only place in the world they might find safety again would be back in their ancient homeland – the land of Israel. But they never did find that safety and never will not while they continue to reject Jesus Christ as their personal savior, as their rightful messiah. ‘

    (Acts 2:21 KJV) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

    Distorted, Isolated verse from the old testament are often taken to justify Israel’s return to the promise land, while there still is not one new testament verse supporting this return at all and why? The land solely belongs to Jesus Christ firstly now.. he alone had redeemed it.

    http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/05/25/we-stand-as-one-with-israel/

  9. The land solely belongs to Jesus Christ firstly now.. he alone had redeemed it.

    I agree…

    But they never did find that safety and never will not while they continue to reject Jesus Christ as their personal savior, as their rightful messiah.

    Amen nonconformer…

  10. >>I just read Hal Lindsey’s article in it’s entirety. It is a gross twisting of Scripture. I became familiar with Hal Lindsey’s material over thirty years ago. It was’t until the last few years, when I understood what dispensational theology was, that I knew he was a dispensationalist, and has been for a long time. The same is true of one of my all time favorite, Dave Hunt. Since dispensationalism ties into politics, and war (Zionism), it’s not something that we can just overlook. I actually felt sick reading Lindsey’s article this morning.

    me too.. I rightfully get get sick of the Dallas Theological cemetary graduates too often too

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