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Twisted Scripture Twisted Theology eBook

In Twisted Scripture, Twisted Theology, Brannon walks you through 42 scriptures that are critical to correct Christian doctrine but are frequent targets for those intent on making the Word say what they want, not what God intended. Be prepared for many “a-ha” moments as you discover why so many teachings you’ve heard just didn’t sound quite right.

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All Scripture . . . Is Profitable for Teaching . . .
Not Twisting

The what-does-this-verse-mean-to-you approach to Scripture interpretation is bad enough in small groups and private devotions. But it’s catastrophic in pulpits, books, and “Christian” TV. Yet misused scripture and the bad theology that results is being fed to much of the American church today.

From call-in questions on his radio program to Q&A sessions at the conferences he leads to his own exhaustive research into the teachings of many popular and powerful church leaders today, Brannon Howse has seen firsthand the destruction wrought by scriptures bent to “private interpretation” and pet theologies. Sundry leaders manipulate scripture to tickle ears and make people comfortable in often easy-to-swallow, but deviant, teachings from the Word.

In Twisted Scripture, Twisted Theology, Brannon walks you through 42 scriptures that are critical to correct Christian doctrine but are frequent targets for those intent on making the Word say what they want, not what God intended. Be prepared for many “a-ha” moments as you discover why so many teachings you’ve heard just didn’t sound quite right. You’ll be able to put your finger on the problem and know how to warn others against being led astray by erroneous and sometimes malicious twisting of the Bible. Grab hold of Brannon’s eye-opening exegesis of these core scriptures, and you’ll keep your thinking straight.

Brannon Howse is president and founder of the Worldview Weekend conference series as well as WorldviewWeekend.com. The author of 14 books, Brannon has been a guest on more than 2,000 radio and television programs, including Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. He has also been featured in publications such as the Washington Times. Brannon hosts a national, daily radio program as well as The Worldview Weekend Hour, a weekly television program. His greatest passion is teaching God’s Word and explaining the importance of a biblical worldview, Christian apologetics, and Bible-based theology and doctrine.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentes 3
Introduction 6
Twisted Scripture Number 1 - Psalm 46:10 12 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will
be exalted in the earth!
Twisted Scripture Number 2 - I Kings 19:12 19 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the
fire a still small voice
Twisted Scripture Number 3 - Revelation 3:20 23 Behold, I stand at the door and knock If anyone hears My voice and opens
the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me
Twisted Scripture Number 4 - Revelation 3:15 24 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot I could wish you were
cold or hot
Twisted Scripture Number 5 - Philippians 4:13 29 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
Twisted Scripture Number 6 - Matthew 18:18 32 Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven
Twisted Scripture Number 7 - Matthew 18:20 38 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the
midst of them
Twisted Scripture Number 8 - Psalm 105:15 40 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm”
Twisted Scripture Number 9 - Acts 2:44-46 45 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and
sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone
had need So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking
bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
Twisted Scripture Number 10 - Exodus 20:8 54 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
Twisted Scripture Number 11 - Matthew 8:16-17 58 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-pos- sessed And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were
sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses”
Twisted Scripture Number 12 - John 3:5 63 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water
and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”
Twisted Scripture Number 13 - Acts 2:38 68 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in
the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the
gift of the Holy Spirit
Twisted Scripture Number 14 - 1 Peter 3:20-21 74 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering wait-
ed in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few,
that is, eight souls, were saved through water There is also an antitype which now saves us--baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but
the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
Twisted Scripture Number 15 - Mark 16:16 77 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe
will be condemned
Twisted Scripture Number 16 - John 20:23 79 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of
any, they are retained
Twisted Scripture Number 17 - John 8:32 82 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
Twisted Scripture Number 18 - Hebrews 12:1-2 86 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and
let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus,
the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God
Twisted Scripture Number 19 - Matthew 7:1 89 Judge not, that you be not judged
Twisted Scripture Number 20 - Matthew 22:37-40 93 Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind’ This is the first and great com- mandment And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as your-
self’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets”
Twisted Scripture Number 21 - Matthew 25:31-46 97 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him,
then He will sit on the throne of His glory All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd di-
vides his sheep from the goats And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’ Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me’ Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hun- gry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me’
Twisted Scripture Number 22 - Philippians 2:12 110 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence
only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with
fear and trembling;
Twisted Scripture Number 23 - 1 Peter 4:6 118 For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that
they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to
God in the spirit
Twisted Scripture Number 24 - Hebrews 6:4-6 121 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted
the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
Twisted Scripture Number 25 - Hebrews 10:26-29 129 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there
no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries Anyone
who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
Twisted Scripture Number 26 - 1 Peter 3:18-20 132 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might
bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spir-
it, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly
were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
Twisted Scripture Number 27 - 2 Peter 1:4 137 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises,
that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having es-
caped the corruption that is in the world through lust
Twisted Scripture Number 28 - John 10:34 139 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said,
“You are gods” “?
Twisted Scripture Number 29 - Joel 2:28 143 And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all
flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions
Twisted Scripture Number 30 - Matthew 24:40-44 151 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left
Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other
left Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is com-
ing But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect
Twisted Scripture Number 31 - 2 Peter 3:8 155 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love
as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
Twisted Scripture Number 32 - 1 Corinthians 15:29 156 Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do
not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?
Twisted Scripture Number 33 - Matthew 7:6 158 Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest
they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces
Twisted Scripture Number 34 - 2 Thessalonians 2:7 162 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains
will do so until He is taken out of the way
Twisted Scripture Number 35 - Mark 9:40 164 For he who is not against us is on our side
Twisted Scripture Number 36 - Luke 6:38 177 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken to- gether, and running over will be put into your bosom For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you
Twisted Scripture Number 37 - Mark 4:20 181 Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under
a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?
Twisted Scripture Number 38 - John 12:32 185 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself”
Twisted Scripture Number 39 - 1 John 4:8 187 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love
Twisted Scripture Number 40 - Proverbs 29:18 193 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he
who keeps the law
Twisted Scripture Number 41 - John 6:54 198 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise
him up at the last day
Twisted Scripture Number 42 - Matthew 18:15-17 202 Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between
you and him alone If he hears you, you have gained your brother But if
he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two
or three witnesses every word may be established And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector

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