12/04/2018 — 2 Corinthians Chapters 1-4

Ecclesiastes 1:9  What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

I can think of few greater dangers to the Body than the false/exaggerated claims and/or lifestyles of some highly visible “preachers.”  (Jim Baker & others come to mind…)   They distort the Word of God either directly or through their lifestyles.  This, many people are then non-receptive to true teaching.  And as the author of Ecclesiastes wrote in the above passage — this is not a new danger.   We see Paul address this concern:

2 Corinthians 4:  Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.