5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” 7 Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.”
The Devil attempts to blindside Christians by making them believe an incorrect interpretation of Scripture. Once you believe a topic of Scripture wrongly, you will base your spiritual life on that interpretation which in reality is killing your faith. The best way to combat this demonic strategy is to make a habit of reading the whole Bible at least once a year and incorporate topical studies with deep prayer, asking the Lord for understanding.
Your best defense against this deception is to know the Scriptures very well so that you cannot be sideswiped. The way Jesus used the Scriptures in Matthew 4 is a model for us today. When you read some material like Calvinism, Arminianism, or anything with an ism in it, make sure that it does not contradict another verse that’s connected to that theme. If it does contradict, then reject that interpretation.
Another misinterpretation in the Bible or that gets overlooked is found in Hebrews 10:25 which says, 25 not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
I have come across believers who say or teach that you shouldn’t go to church. They actually call it an institution, mirroring the world which is against God’s house. They claim that all the churches are teaching error and cannot be trusted. Folks, this is the very definition of being spiritually quarantined. For further study on this, click on Demons Strategy: Quarantine
Those who believe in that think that keeping themselves from “ingesting” the purported error, have themselves swallowed Satan’s pill that attacks the part of the brain where faith in Christ is located.
They have a big dilemma because if they paint with a broad brush all churches for coming into contact with some bad ones, they actually become that which they despise, a false teacher. Scripture commands us to go to church, so if that person says not to go, they are disobeying God’s Word. If on the other hand, they say that God told them not to go to church then they are making God contradict Himself. Whichever way you look at it, they are in error and if they preach that interpretation, they become false teachers. If you have come across someone like this, beware.
All false religion like the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Catholicism to name a few preach false doctrine, why? Because they have misinterpreted the Bible to say what they want to hear. That interpretation comes from none other than Satan and his fallen angels.
Misinterpretation can severely damage one’s faith and steer one who is close to salvation away from a saving faith. Be careful.