I ran across this quote from Martyn Lloyd Jones on heretics and heresy:
“The heretics were never dishonest men; they were mistaken men. They should not be thought of as men who were deliberately setting out to go wrong and to teach something that is wrong; they have been some of the most sincere men that the Church has ever known. What was the matter with them? Their trouble was this: they evolved a theory and they were rather pleased with it; then they went back with this theory to the Bible, and they seemed to find it everywhere.” — Martyn Lloyd Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, p.7
This is wise advice on how to study the Bible. We must be very careful to not read our favorite ideas or theories into the text. Instead, we must be careful to learn what God meant when He inspired the text.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Pastor Mike Walters