Straight Outta Context: The 5 Most Misused, & Abused Bible Verses


Straight Outta Context: The 5 Most Misused, & Abused Bible Verses

By Shane Pruitt – @shane_pruitt78


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  1. Another misused out of context is the verse that says we are not to marry a different race. During the time that this verse was written, race meant tribe and tribes were generally based upon the faith in their deity. In context, it basically means that Christians should marry Christians. Excuse me that I can’t quote the book or verse number.
    Mark Dodson

  2. Shane, sound observations! There is one that tops all these–Romans 8:28 “All things work together for good to them that love God.” In context it is those things listed below this statement, “we know” because “for whom he did foreknow… etc.” that describes what works together for our eternal salvation! It is not a description of the events of life–death from an accident, the murder of a family member, a diagnosis of cancer, an unfaithful spouse, the abuse of a child, being bullied, etc.– these are not the “things” under consideration! Robert

  3. I happened to see this post and thought I would reply. Though you have certainly chosen some verses that are misused, you did stay away from those verses most misused which have done and continue to do eternal damage. I was thinking more on the lines of Matthew 5:32 and 19:9 in the Gospels and 1 Cor 7:15 in the epistles. Many use Matthew 5:32 and 19:9 out of context since they believe that the Lord gives exceptions for divorce and many use 1 Cor 7:15 to validate divorce and remarriage.

    This exception is always used to allow an “innocent” spouse to divorce and remarry in the case of the unrepentant adultery of the other spouse. This at one time was exclusive to “adultery” but is now associated with physical abuse, substance abuse, pornography abuse and other forms of sexual immorality. Matthew’s account (Mt 5:31-32 and 19:9) can only be viewed through the NT knowledge that this Gospel was written to Jewish Christians who understood that “fornication” (except for fornication-verses 5:32 and 19:9) was a sin that allowed a Jewish betrothed husband to put away his Jewish betrothed wife because she was not a “virgin” on the night of the consummation of the marriage.

    The whole foundation of Jewish marriage was understanding that a wife was to be pure and unblemished, and “except for fornication” can only be viewed in the context of pre-resurrection Jewish betrothal. It is poor and erroneous hermeneutics to teach, preach or believe that divorce is applicable to post-resurrection believers and the context text of Matthew’s account corroborates with the unambiguous texts of Mark 10:11,12 and Luke 16:18.

    Verse 7:15 aka “The Pauline Privilege” This interpretation is OFTEN and ERRONEOUSLY misused to validate a divorce and remarriage for the believer when his or her unbelieving spouse abandons the marriage. Taking 1 Cor 7:15 out of context places this interpretation on contradicting grounds to other verses in the chapter (10,11, 39), let alone to the significance of the entirety of scripture.
    Abandonment is not grounds for divorce, and neither does it permit the believer to “remarry” another. In context, the verse is calling the believer to “peace” knowing that he or she was not at fault for the abandonment of the departing spouse. The believer is not to feel guilt or shame for the abandonment of an unequally yoked spouse who decided to leave the marriage. However, even though he or she abandoned the believer, they are still bonded in the covenant marriage until death do they part. Thus, remarriage is not an option for EITHER spouse since divorce is not applicable to severing a one-flesh marriage covenant. This correct interpretation corroborates with the bookends of Paul’s teaching on the one-flesh marriage covenant. (1 Cor 7:10,11and 1 Cor 7:39)

  4. Shane, I am currently writing a book about knowing whether you are truly saved. This is some good stuff, may I use it in my book?

  5. Shane, We have a home based ministry on Fourth Fridays and I’m interested in using either the nine unbiblical statements or/and the five most misused scriptures as a teachings lesson as we study this scripture-2 Tim 2:15. I will, of course say that I am using you as a resource in our bible study. Thank you for this valuable information. Teresa

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