Well, I did say I might add to these verses over the next few weeks, so here are some other thoughts. Please note I am NOT saying the things Struthers preaches are wrong. They may be, but that is not what I am arguing here. What I am arguing is that they miss out whole sections of the Bible.
I think there is no doubt about this. There are for example literarily thousands of verses that talk about giving practical help to others – practical help, not “spiritual” help (whatever that is). If this is not being preached in Struthers, they are not preaching from the Bible, they are preaching from selected verses and, in doing so, are giving a distorted view of Christianity.
So, with that intro, here are some other verses that do not seem to exist in the Struthers’ translation of the Bible.
1 Cor 10v15
I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.
This says the hearers are meant to judge what is said, not because they have some spiritual hot-line to God, but because they are sensible people. When have you ever heard that message? Are you encouraged to judge what is said from the pulpit? If not, the preachers are not complying with scripture.
1 John 4v 20
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Simple question – have you ever heard a sermon on these verses?
What more do I need to say? Showing some love to the brothers and sisters on this forum would be a good start.
Proverbs 15 v1 (a)
A gentle answer turns away wrath.
The leaders of Struthers like to paint those on this Forum as angry or bitter. I see no evidence of that but, if that is what they think, they should apply this scripture and provide a gentle answer.