2 Corinthians 4:1-4
Memorise 2 Corinthians 4:2
Does it mean that if someone quotes the Bible, that person must be right? What then would you say about the devil himself who quoted parts of Scripture when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4)? The Devil did not believe in God’s Word but he twisted it to use it to his advantage. Jesus knew God’s Word completely and replied the Devil with Scripture as well. For example, when the Devil quoted Psalm 91:11 about how the angels will bear Jesus up if He cast Himself down, Jesus countered with Deuteronomy 6:16 which states that one should not tempt God.
2 Corinthians 4:2 speaks of how the apostles aimed to be honest and truthful in all they did, especially in preaching God’s Word. They said that they did not want to “[handle] the word of God deceitfully”. It is therefore possible to not be speaking God’s truth even though you are quoting His Word by distorting it to support your view. The opponents of VPP do quote the Bible but we need to be wary that they may be choosing verses that will fit their view, and take them out of context, misinterpreting them instead of forming their view from what the Bible says. The Bible never contradicts itself. It is a serious sin to distort God’s Word especially if the perpetrator is a preacher or a leader in the church. Furthermore, Paul then warns us in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that Satan, who is the god of this world, is actively preventing people from coming to the truth, and are blinding them from seeing the glorious light of the gospel. One of these ways, is through casting doubt on the Word of God! When pastors and preachers preach against VPP, and even use Scripture to back their position, they are acting as agents of Satan to turn people away from the wonderful truth of God’s Word!
We need to be careful when we hear God’s Word being quoted. We should always check the Scriptures for ourselves like the Berean Christians and seek to know the Bible well so that we can defend God’s truth by quoting accurately from God’s Word.
Thought: Are there other examples of people or movements misquoting Scripture to fit their agenda?
Prayer: Lord, grant me discernment to know if Thy Word is being misquoted. Help me to know Thy Word well so that I may better defend it.