The inspired Apostle Peter wrote: “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things,
be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account
that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according
to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in
them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are
unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own
destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also,
being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in
grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now
and for ever. Amen” (II Peter 3:14-18).
As we can see clearly in the Scriptures quoted above, there are those who will twist the
truth unto their own destruction. This is an important point to focus upon. You see, many look
to the Scriptures for their beliefs. However, they do not look at all of the Scriptures. They
ignore the context of passages they believe support their views. They ignore the fact the New
Testament is a context in itself, as our Lord’s last will and testament (cf. Hebrews 9:15-17). In
fact, some will deny the authority of Christ (Matthew 17:1-5; 28:18) and still erringly cling to the
dead Law of Moses (Acts 3:22-26, Romans 7:4-6, Galatians 5:4, and Hebrews 1:1-2).
Beyond those who abuse context, are those who simply have no understanding of anything
about the Scriptures, but try to use them anyway. You’ve heard the ole’, “somewhere in the
Bible it says…” kind of stupidity. Most of the time, what people think is in the Bible really is not.
Sometimes it is a mixture of two or three Scriptures, twisted, upon which people are using to
draw their erring conclusions. When the Sadducees twisted the Scriptures Jesus said: “Jesus
answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God”
(Matthew 22:29). Truly, it is all too easy to pave the road to Hell with ignorance.
The Scriptures teach that God is love (I John 4:8). The Scriptures teach us that God
showed His love by sending His only Begotten Son so that we might have the opportunity of
salvation (I John 4:9-10). Now, what do a lot of people do with these scriptural facts? Well,
people figure if God sent Jesus to die for us then everyone is going to Heaven. People teach
that God’s love is displayed in His willingness to overlook sins. The love Scriptures are often
misused to pave the road to Hell. Scriptural love teaches that God will not overlook any sins
(Hebrews 12:5-14 and Revelation 3:19). The Scriptures show us that without obedience to the
Lord, Hell will be your home regardless of how many love verses you think you know (Matthew
7:21-23, Matthew 25:31-46, John 5:28-29, Romans 6:23, and II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
The Scriptures teach that we are to be a forgiving people (Matthew 6:14-15 and Matthew 18:
21-35). What many do with this point of truth is also ridiculous. Some will proclaim that you are
to forgive people’s sins against you and our Lord unconditionally. They will teach that you are
to take no action. You just need to “let it go”. However, the Scriptures completely teach
otherwise. Notice: “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him;
and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven
times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him” (Luke 17:3-4). Not
only is it clear we cannot forgive unconditionally, it is also clear that God does not forgive
unconditionally (Acts 8:13-24, Acts 17:30, and I John 1:9).
The Scriptures teach that we are supposed to work and provide for our families (Ephesians
4:28, II Thessalonians 3:10-12, and I Timothy 5:8). Some people like to use this Scriptural truth
as the excuse to put work before God and family. Some will justify overtime and additional jobs
as “providing for the family”. After all, this is in accordance with the Scriptures, so they think.
This is a FALSE concept that many have taken to be their marching call of forsaking what
should come first. Our faithful service, which is more than just attending “services” (Hebrews
10:25) as we should, must be first in every part our lives (Mark 8:35-37, Mark 12:30, Luke 9:23;
57-62, Luke 14:33, and Colossians 3:1-4). Working all of the time, “to provide”, also makes us
fail in our duties to our mates and our children (I Corinthians 7:2-3, Ephesians 5:22-33,
Ephesians 6:4, and Titus 2:3-5). Is your marriage with your paycheck? Are the souls of your
children worth the extra cash?
Our final example is a common dandy. The word of God states: “Judge not, that ye be not
judged” (Matthew 7:1). Boy, if you tell someone they are wrong this is the likely response you
will get. EVERY TIME I have had that response thrown at me, I asked the person where that
Scripture was found. NEVER has anyone who used this Scripture been able to tell me where it
is in the Scriptures. Do you realize what that tells us? They do not know the context of that
passage. They do not know whether it is in the Old or New Testament. If they knew anything
from true studies, they should know that the context is condemning judgment in hypocrisy, not
judging others at all (Matthew 7:1-5). A similar context, which teaches that same point, is found
in Romans chapter two. If those who use this passage had any true Scriptural knowledge they
would know that the Bible does in fact COMMAND us using the Scriptures to judge people
(John 7:24). We do so in disciplinary situations in the local church (Matthew 18:15-17). We
judge when we are helping brethren be restored (Galatians 6:1-2 and James 5:19-20). We
judge those of the world as sinners every time we try to teach them the Gospel that they might
be saved (Matthew 9:36-38, Acts 2:36-41, and Acts 19:1-6).
Above are just a few examples of many that could be cited. Brethren, we need to be
students of the Scriptures so that we might be able teachers when we see people perverting the
word of God (Hebrews 5:12-14). There are too many souls heading down the broad road to
Hell (Matthew 7:13-14). Knowing the terror of the Lord, let’s persuade the lost to get on the
right path (II Corinthians 5:10-11).
|Volume VIII ~ Issue XLVIII ~ August 24th, 2008
|Edited by: Brian A. Yeager
|The Path To Hell Is Paved With Many Scriptures
By: Brian A. Yeager
|Many Pave The Broad Way With Scriptures