The purpose in writing about any biblical topic should be to allow the reader to look at the subject from Genesis to Revelation, see the related verses that pertain to it, and be able to make up oneâ€™s own mind concerning as to what view concerning it they will choose to ascribe to. Most churches would not agree with this approach, because according to them their view on any biblical topic is the only right one.
No matter what the biblical topic is, shouldnâ€™t we know the WHY behind the What we are asked to believe?
In Acts 17:10-12, Paul and Silas have left Thessalonica and arrived in the city of Berea. They entered the synagogue there and preached unto them the gospel. What they found out was that the Bereans were willing to listen and examine as to whether the promises and types (of the Old Testament) corresponded with the alleged fulfillment in the person, works, and sufferings of Jesus Christ. The Bereans made a careful and exact research against the scriptures in order to see if what Paul had said agreed with what the Scriptures said1.
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Beroea: who when they were come thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so. Many of them therefore believed; also of the Greek women of honorable estate, and of men, not a few.
Shouldnâ€™t we have this same mindset?
Like the Bereans, we should be attentive and respectful concerning the doctrinal teaching that is presented, whether we initially agreed with it or not. However, like them we should also discern what was said not only by examining the scriptures, but by looking at the scriptures which were used to support what was said. You might say, what do you mean?
As you probably know anyone in leadership can make the bible say what they want it to say on any biblical topic based on the scriptures they used to support their view. How do they know what verses to use to support their perspective? This depends on the doctrinal platform of the church they are affiliated with.
What you will learn from reading this book is there are two approaches in determining which verses are chosen to be used to promote any doctrinal view. The approach that the leadership of the church you are attending ascribes to will determine the perspectives they will present in their teachings. I will explain to you not only what each of these approaches are, but I will also will provide for you the different perspectives arrived at in regard to the three biblical topics that we will take a look at in this book.
Tithing - Is This Still Relevant?
Eternal Security - Can a Believer Lose Their Salvation?
Tongues - Are Prayer Tongues the Evidence of the Baptism of the Spirit?
Should Every Believer Speak in Prayer Tongues?
Hopefully, this will provide you with clarity as to the approach which should be taken in formulating a view on any biblical topic.