I happened to see a tweet today from Joyce Meyer, referring to her devotional for today “Keep Your Peace.” Below you’ll see that Meyer quotes Colossians 3:15 (adding plenty of her own words to it which makes it nearly impossible to read). She then goes on to use this verse as a proof text for learning how to say no.
Well, Joyce, I’m gonna say no, right now. No, to this ridiculous example of Bible misuse. Is this the most egregious thing she’s ever taught? Certainly not. Her blasphemous “little gods” teaching probably is.
But I’m blogging it because this kind of Bible twisting is far more common and subtle today. A teacher pulls one verse (or less) and stamps it at the top of a blog post or devotional, and then goes on to say whatever they want to say regardless of whether it has anything to do with the actual Bible passage. Colossians 3 is not teaching anyone how to say no, when they need to say no. What it is actually teaching (if you look at the entire chapter), is what new life in Christ should look like: we should seek heavenly things, put to death our sinful desires and actions, find unity as the body of Christ rather than seeing others through eyes of prejudice, forgive one another, etc.
This devotional from Joyce Meyer proves she does not properly handle God’s Word, and proves just how essential context is.