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Biblical hermeneutics is the study of the principles of interpretation concerning the books of the Bible.  In These sessions Dr. Walter Martin contrasts false teaching faulty and sloppy hermeneutics in a variety of cults and false religions.  Dr. Martin covers Mormonism, Jehovah Witness’s, Christian Science, Hyper-Faith, and more to demonstrate the crucial need and danger associated with not being able to rightly divide the word of truth 2 Timothy 2:15.  False teachers and false religions are everywhere.  While their are many erroneous ways of interpreting the bible, their is clearly only one intended interpretation that is correct. 

2 Timothy 2:14-15

Of these things put [them] in remembrance, charging [them] before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, [but] to the subverting of the hearers.  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

Understanding Error & Hermeneutics Session 03   Play Now

Collapsing Context By Dr. Walter Martin

Proper hermeneutics is a guide to help the student of Gods word to consider what the author intended to the original audience.  We will see two basic schools of thought.  Exegesis: is drawing out of the text what the author intended using good hermeneutic principles we will discuss.  Eisegesis: “Reading into the scriptures”, countless errors have come from this self willed style of pick and choose.

It will become abundantly clear in this study.  We must deal with context, historical context, culture, idioms and grammar.  What type of questions do we ask ourselves?  This series is intended to demonstrate the need to properly guide the bible student into truth and contrast that with how so many people have twisted them to their own destruction.  The bible is full of warnings of false teachers by Jesus, the apostles and the prophets ALL warn of coming deception.

Consider what the Apostle Peter had to say to the Church while he was leaving his last instructions as did Paul and the Lord Himself.  It was about deception.  Below Peter discusses that people would twist the scriptures and it would lead them into eternal destruction.  That is sobering.  The bible also discuses that the devil would have his own ministers who would present another Jesus and another gospel 2 Corinthians 11:3-4.  Deception by nature is hard to detect.  Spending time in the word of God and properly understanding the text by simply reading entire passages at once is a simple way to gain understanding.

Scripture Twisting Methods of the Cults Outline 

2 Peter 3:13-18

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;  and consider [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation–as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable [people] twist to their own destruction, as [they do] also the rest of the Scriptures.

You therefore, beloved, since you know [this] beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him [be] the glory both now and forever. Amen.

This is also our prayer for you that you would grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Shalom, Keith

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