(Pro 26:9 KJV) As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
It seems to me that I hear “the Bible says” a lot recently. I have heard it at church. I have heard it on podcasts and videos from people I respect. I have heard it at home. In each of these sources of enlightenment I have had to ask, “Where?”
Like Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln, the Bible often has words put in its mouth. Sometimes what we hear may be a true statement but does not come from the scripture referred to. That is the error I hear in preaching. Sometimes it is something we want to be true. Sometimes it is total nonsense.
We can’t know which it is unless we keep our eyes open and our mental radar engaged. I don’t care how much the speaker loves the Bible and revers it. Read the passage for yourself. Have your Bible open. If it is a casual contact, check it out when you get home. It is important.
So? We can’t change fools but we can avoid being fools ourselves.