I wanted to look at some Scripture verses today. We can easily understand them; most elementary students could tell us what they mean. But then I am going to edit the verses in the way that I hear many religious teachers twisting these concepts to fit their own preconceived ideas.
Actual verse: “Faith comes by hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” Romans 10:17, NLT
Some would edit this to say: “Faith comes from God, so hear the Good News, you preselected saints, so that He can provide your faith.”
Actual verse: “The Lord is . . . not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9, NASB
Some would edit this to say: “The Lord is not wanting His predestined ones to perish but that they should receive repentance as He gives it to them.”
Actual partial verse: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” Joshua 24:15, NIV
Some would edit this to say: “You are too depraved to choose to serve a good God.”
Actual verse: “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ ” Acts 2:37–38, NIV
Some would edit this to say: “When the preordained select of God heard Peter’s words they asked, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ Peter replied, ‘Do you not understand? There is nothing you can do. Man in his depravity cannot do anything. God will give you the gift of repentance and allow you to receive His baptism. Then He will also give you the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ “
Actual verse: “Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.’ ” John 6:28–29, NIV
Some would edit this to say: “Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘You are not worthy to do anything of your own volition. You must only be drawn by the Spirit to God; this is a call that you cannot resist. He will give you faith.’ “
It seems quite obvious that what we are hearing from many preachers today does not square with Bible teachings.
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