Our translations, however, are not – including the KJV (and I use the KJV most of the time, so don’t think I’m picking on KJV lovers).
Our study tools are not infallible – the concordances, bible dictionaries and commentaries. They were all written by men who may have been really smart, but it is doubtful whether or not they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The perceptions and notes of those who are called the “Church Fathers” are not infallible either. Most were heavily influenced by the catholic church, even in the midst of their hatred for it and their commendable zeal for publishing the Word of God.
That same influence permeates the Protestant churches today.
Lastly, and perhaps the MOST important of all, OUR perceptions are not infallible either. We have inherited so many lies from our fathers, that it’s difficult to know where to start. The lens through which we read the Word is severely tainted by these lies.
But God, speaking through the prophet, Jeremiah, gave a Promise to the nation of Israel concerning us, who desire Truth in these Last Days.
O LORD, my strength and my fortress,
My refuge in the day of affliction,
The Gentiles shall come to You
From the ends of the earth and say,
“Surely our fathers have inherited lies,
Worthlessness and unprofitable things.”
Will a man make gods for himself,
Which are not gods?
“Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know,
I will cause them to know
My hand and My might;
And they shall know that My name is the LORD.”
What I’m trying to say is that the True Berean should pray for the Spirit of Truth to reveal things to them, and then be submissive enough to go against the grain when the Truth of the Word clashes with the church culture of the day.
Because, believe me, the more you follow what the Word of God REALLY says, the more you will find yourself opposed by the mainstream church.
It’s going to happen …. count on it.