Context the Bane of Man’s Message

Over the last several years, I have been on a journey, a journey to freedom and to a stronger respect for the Bible itself and the truth that it proclaims.

The title of this post comes from one of the spurs that led me to question some of the Independent, Fundamental, Baptist Movements positions. I had heard so much Scripture taken out of context to support a man’s message or opinion and I simply began to become fed up by it. This poor preaching and teaching is not tied to one pulpit; it was at pastors meetings, listening to chapel sermons from IFB colleges and other places that finally sent me searching the Scriptures to see if these things be so. I began to mimic the Bereans from the Scriptures. Paul applauded them for looking into the book to check the message of Christ that Paul brought them. Sadly today, these Cultural Fundamentalist’s will brook no argument, and they will continue to misquote churches and pastors like me.

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Now onto a few verses that legalists and abusers enjoy using to support anything they feel is old enough to deserve it.

Proverbs 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, Which thy fathers have set.

Proverbs 23:9–11 Speak not in the ears of a fool:  For he will despise the wisdom of thy words. Remove not the old landmark; And enter not into the fields of the fatherless:  For their redeemer is mighty;  He shall plead their cause with thee.

Find the first mention of landmarks (you will find them in Deuteronomy) and you will find that they were used to establish landholding boundaries. Each time the Lord mentions these landmarks the take away is honesty and uprightness and proper dealing with and treatment of one another. Never do these verses entail, clothing, music, translations, etc… and yet, with a lot of butter you can grease them up and squeeze them into whatever preference you might favor. I have often heard and read these verses in connection with music or dress. Simply because the landmark was used to mark a boundary, a legalist will use the verse that instructs not to remove the ancient or old boundary to support unbiblical or extrabiblical positions. The entire adomonition that God intended is left forgotten on the editing room floor. In their zeal to protect their untenable positions they leave out the meaning of these verses. They leave out the strong warnings that God has left for us about not abusing the helpless and hurting. Widows and orphans.

What am I saying? Maybe there are still some IFB pastors out there that will care to read this post. Maybe you are a member of my church. Maybe you teach a class or preach in a church once in a while. Whatever you do… Be careful that you take care with the Words of the Living God and that you don’t wrest His Word to support YOUR message.