An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Be Careful of Benjamin

(Pro 18:24 KJV) A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

I have heard the phrasing from the second part of the verse used to refer to Jesus.  Although it is a true concept, you can’t get it from this verse.  That is a good illustration of a “preaching point” and a “Biblical truth”.  When we teach and preach we often look for words that support a bigger concept.  It has some value but we need to make sure that what we are saying is really in the Bible.  Think of all the times that Benjamin Franklin is quoted and people think it is scripture.  You have statements like “God helps those who help themselves.”  That is not in the Bible.

So?  Good thoughts are not grounds for Christian Doctrine.  We need to be alert to the difference.  That is only possible if we know the original document. 

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