…….Written by Isioma Lynda Dogo
Continuing from the last episode, part 4 of the 4 part series
We need to begin to renew our minds. We need to tear down old mindsets and unlearn much of what has been taught by preachers across the world and accepted as true. I certainly have had to do a lot of that myself and I am still in the process. I have, in the past few years, gone from bewilderment, to horror, and then to grief, hearing troubling misinterpretations of God’s word especially concerning things that scripture addresses clearly.
Friends, guard your hearts. What we hear has the power to shape our lives so we need to be careful. Stop listening to people that preach stuff that is not backed by the bible, no matter how eloquent they are! (Rom 16:17-18). Familiarise yourself with the truth so that you can detect a lie. Don’t accept everything you hear; check by yourself and learn to check correctly! Never read a bible verse in isolation. Read verses before and after. I used to make the mistake of picking verses out of context and I am still learning to do it right but one key lesson I have learnt is that you cannot see two seemingly contradictory scriptures, take one and leave the other. To get a wholesome understanding, you must compare and study both. Put together, you get the full picture of what is being taught. IF YOUR INTERPRETATION OF A VERSE IS CONTRADICTING OTHER VERSES, THERE IS SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT GETTING RIGHT. GOD CANNOT CONTRADICT HIMSELF; HE CANNOT LIE!