Is the bible a matter of interpretation? Have religions taken lexicons and commentaries and redefined God’s Word into their own doctrine, and thus perverted the doctrine of Christ and his apostles? Does anyone have the right to see things their own way?
Can you imagine if every citizen in the United States followed their own law? It would be pure chaos. Such is the case in religion today. The fact is, the Bible teaches truth and nothing but the truth (Jn 17:17). Anyone who changes God’s Word into meaning what God never intended will be accursed (Gal 1:6-9)!
There is only one gospel which saves a person from hell and damnation (Eph 4:5 ff; Rom 10:10; Acts 2:38; Rev 2:10). There is only one church one is added to by Jesus Christ (Eph 4:4 f; Acts 2:47). This church is headed by Jesus Christ (Col 1:18). This church abides by the doctrine of Christ and his apostles (2 Jn 9 f; Acts 2:42). This church worships according to God’s inspired Word (Jn 4:23,24). This church is the churches of Christ (Rom 16:16). This is not a matter of opinion. No! It is a matter of the gospel truth.
We should learn to take Jesus’ word ‘As Is’, minus any private interpretation. The Apostle Peter wrote concerning this same scripture, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:20-21). Peter tells us plainly that when this sacred word was given it was not written by these men with their personal opinions or interpretations. They wrote exactly, (word for word) what God wanted them to write. Thus, all scripture is given by the inspiration of God (2 Tim 3:16,17) What makes men so naive today as to believe that they can freely do that which holy men of God were forbidden to do? No man has the right to twist the Word of God into the word of men. Peter also wrote, ‘If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles (very words) of God” (1 Pet. 4:11). The gospel and doctrine of men has no reward. In taking the truth as is, one may “know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn 8:32). When we take God at his Word, then and only then do we have the opportunity to be saved!