The Most Famous Misused Verse – Luke 14:26

Wow…this book continues to hit the nail on the head! Who’d a guessed many of these abusive groups hobby horse the hating scripture?! From pages 217 and 218 of Twisted Scriptures:

“The Most Famous Misused Verse
Luke 14:26
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother his wife and children, his brothers and sisters…yes, even his own life…he cannot be my disciple.

What member of a controlling group doesn’t know this verse? Stressing this verse in the wrong way can drive psychological wedges between church members and their families. It can even lead members to feel disgust for those who love them. Now, compare this to the next verses:

1 John 4:20,21:
If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command; Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Controlling groups often selectively focus on verses that can be used to support the leaders’ agendas. Most disciples who have been subjected to stressing of Luke 14:26 did not receive equal instruction on these words of John. I find this interesting and enlightening.”

How much I allowed this “hating” scripture to be pushed onto me without the other scriptures to give it balance! It caused me to cut off my family members and anyone else in my life that didn’t agree with this heresy. I weep as I feel the pain I have inflicted on my family members “in the name of God.”

3 thoughts on “The Most Famous Misused Verse – Luke 14:26

  1. Yup. Misuse of scripture is rampant in churches! How many times have I heard “Without a vision the people perish,” as a precursor to a building campaign? (In context, the passage elevates the knowledge and obedience of God’s Word as our only vision). And, because it depends on human nature, we see evidence of scripture twisting in the Pharisees and Saducees of Jesus’ day. How CRITICAL it is that all believers handle well the WHOLE counsel of God — the whole book — AND, that we carefully examine and compare what we hear with what GOD says. It’s a matter of life and death!

  2. It is always vital to read and study the scripture for yourself and to look at any scripture in context. I learned the “first use” rule from a truly excellent bible teacher. You look for the very first use of the translated word in question then examine that in light of the way it is used and how it is used through out the bible. You should consult Hebrew and Greek Lexicons as well to find the true meaning of the scriptures cited. For instance Psalm 68:11 in the most used translations NIV and KJV it states “. . .the company that …” but the Amplified and the New American Standard render it more accurately from the Hebrew: The Lord gave the word of Power: the company [of women] who bear and publish the [good] news are a great and mighty host! PS.68:11, AMP. We know that this is women from the feminine forms used in the Hebrew. This, to me, explains why there are so many more women writers than men. More women have an anointing and a call to be his scribes!

  3. Amen, ladies. We are to be Bereans, not those who just swallow whatever is fed us. Lots to think about.

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