Some church people are quick to quote scripture, proving what they say, and that is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21; 2 Timothy 4:4-5; Acts 18:27-28). But there is a such thing as using scripture out of context, and that is why one must be careful (2 Peter 3:15-18). First, study the quoted scripture yourself, consider who is speaking, what is being spoken about, and to whom (John 5:39; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim. 3:15-17). Once again, the context is important because it is the manner in which the scripture is to be applied (Acts 8:26-35).
Yes, there is a lot of false doctrine based upon using scriptures in the wrong way. One example is the Jehovah’s Witnesses belief that having a blood transfusion violates the scripture, “the eating of blood.” This scripture is not talking about having a blood transfusion, but about eating blood like vampires (Leviticus 3:17; 1 Samuel 14:30-34; Deuteronomy 15:23). Jehovah’s Witnesses have missed medical care because of this doctrine, and that is too bad (Matthew 15:13-14; Isaiah 9:14-16; Jeremiah 23:13; 2 Peter 2:1-3).
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