by Kelly Pelton (written 21 Oct 2020)
If you form a doctrine from one particular Bible verse (or a few of them) but you neglect to read them by the light of guiding principles throughout scripture which even a child could detect, you'll find yourself defending unjust practices, dismissing the Christians who disagree with you, impugning their character, doubting their motives, your proud hypocrisy on display in plain view. Let the prayerful people interpret the Bible, women and men who spend time with the Dearest One whose Spirit gives them understanding of His words so His loving, compassionate will may be done. A godly belief never leads one to behave in a disparaging way toward a Christian; contentious debates about doctrinal disputes are not the way we fulfill the Great Commission. Listen to the godly people whose compassion and respect are anathema to the scholar who only knows the Bible and not its Author whose goodness towers above His book infinitely taller.