It’s always surprising and saddening to me when people that look like they really love the Lord suddenly start talking or living in ways that are seriously contradictory to the Scripture.
Sometimes Christians get so passionate about a set of Scriptures that they begin raising a few above, and at the expense of, the rest of the Bible. Essentially, they are picking and choosing what they like in Scripture, and they are leaving out other things God has said.
Augustine said, “If you believe what you like in the Gospel and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe but yourself.”
Here are 12 important ways we can avoid this mistake and dedicate ourselves to following God’s Word fully:
1. Dedicate your life to the whole counsel of God.
We are called to rightly divide Scripture (2 Timothy 2:15). We should be on a life-long pursuit to know God more through His Word, and to love God more.
We must follow the whole counsel of God. We cannot follow one Scripture at the expense of others. For example, yes you are saved by grace alone through faith in Christ alone, but God’s Word also calls all those who believe to follow what Christ has commanded and to grow in holiness.
You have to consider the whole of Scripture to rightly interpret any single verse of Scripture.
Most Christians are not trained in understanding God’s Word, and so their pastor as well as books and teachings from Bible teachers who exhibit a love for the Lord and godly living can be helpful tools on this journey to follow the whole counsel of God.
2. There is wisdom in many counselors.
I grew up in a charismatic denomination but over the years have had the opportunity to see churches of many shapes and colors within Evangelical Christian circles. This has given me more of a balanced and wise understanding. I have learned so much from Christians who are different than me.
Don’t hide in one circle of Christianity only. Learn to listen and understand others’ perspectives. It will give you a broader, more balanced perspective on the Scripture (Proverbs 11:14).