It’s Sunday. We’re heading to church…..again, with the hope that those who administer the Word of God will “rightly” divide it. Don’t get me wrong. This is not to say that I have a handle on what God’s Word really says and others do not. I err as much or more so than any other. But there is a bottom line for what constitutes sound hermeneutical principles that should be observed by all (see my Interpreting the Bible, Nursery Rhymes, or Just About Anything Else, It’s That Time Again, and the timeless Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics).

Why is this important? Simply because when the mind of God in the power of the Spirit is proclaimed it has a profoundly personal effect on our lives. Truth in the mind is healing for the soul and wisdom for life. I need truth; I need healing; I need wisdom.

These passages are clear warnings and admonitions to all of us; especially to those whose responsibility it is to speak on God’s behalf. They say what they mean and mean what they say; nothing more and certainly nothing less.

Mal 2:7-9“For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the LORD Almighty. “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”
Jm 3:1-5Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
2 Tim 2:15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Tim 3:16–17All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Spread the word (please & thank you) 

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  1. Happy to report the administration of God’s Word this Sunday was faithfully administered!

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