Sunday, January 11, 2015
Context, Context, Context
Ignoring the context of a verse to support the principle or point, even though it might be a good one, teaches listeners or readers that this is an acceptable practice. This mishandling of Scripture not only sets a bad example, it damages the church's ability to criticize, or even recognize, the faulty interpretive methods of cults and aberrant teachers. The fact that a principle or point being taught happens to be orthodox does not justify using a faulty interpretive method to arrive at or support it. The end does not justify the means.
Steve Bright, "What Are We Teaching About How to Handle Scripture?" Christian Research Journal Vol. 28/No.3, 2005, ""From the Editor"