Slightly Skewed Beliefs Theology is Serious Problem - Colossians 2:8
“Architects know that if building plans are off ever so slightly, it skews the entire design. Such is also true in handling the Word of God. It is vital that we seek to read, understand, interpret, and apply it correctly. Lives are at stake if we don’t.” Eric J. Bargerhuff (1)
We Christians have lots of popular beliefs, some of which are slightly off.
Usually our errors are based on verses taken out of the context of the Bible as a whole.(2) Or they’re simply popular worldly philosophies repackaged with Christian words. Even when the errors are small, they keep us from accurately understanding the Gospel, and this can have serious consequences.
That’s why Colossians 2:8 warns us:
“Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.”*
Like the Bereans in Acts 17:11, we should examine everything, even popular Christian sayings in light of the whole counsel of Scripture (Acts 20:27).
(1) Most Misused Verses in the Bible by Eric J. Bargerhuff, Bethany House, 2012
(2) Allowing one Scriptural principle to "stand alone"--excluding principles that complete and balance it.
*New Living Translation