I was asked today by a friend, and a couple days ago on Facebook, if the Scriptures that I claim are “taboo” to American Christians all concern faith and works.
The answer is that verses on works comprise the majority of taboo verses, ones that modern Christians may know are in the Bible, but we’re not supposed to repeat them … at least not without explaining why they don’t mean what they say.
Today, though, I had a little time to think, and here’s some other categories:
The following verses are taboo. You can read them, but do not say them without explanation, and certainly don’t be deceived by what they say!
Note: Some of my choices of subjects below are going to make you think I’m “Church of Christ.” I am not, and if I were, I’d have my own list of ignored or explained away verses, especially ones having to do with walking in the Spirit.
- 1 Peter 3:21: “… baptism now saves us”
- Gal. 3:27: “As many of us as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
- Acts 22:16 “Why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
- John 3:5: “Most assuredly, I tell you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
- Titus 3:5: “Not by works that we have done, but according to his mercy he has saved us, by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.”
- Col. 1:15: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation”
- Prov. 8:22: “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth was. When there were no deeps, I was born. … Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was born.”
- John 17:3 (Jesus praying): “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and King Jesus, whom you have sent.”
- 1 Cor. 8:6: “For us, there is but one God, the Father … and one Lord, King Jesus, the Son of God.”
- Luke 18:24: “How hard it is for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of God.”
- Luke 12:32-33: “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have, and give alms. Provide yourselves with bags that do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail … for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
- 1 Tim. 6:9: “Those that want to be rich fall into temptation and a trap, and into many foolish and harmful desires, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
- Luke 14:33: “Whoever of you does not forsake everything he has cannot be my disciple.”
- Heb. 3:13: “Mentor one another day by day, while it is called today, lest any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”
- Acts 4:32: “And the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul, nor did any of them say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.
- 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 (head coverings)
- 1 Tim. 3:15 (church is the pillar and support of the truth)
Not all churches ignore 1 Corinthians 11:1-16. Some address it, and they explain it as cultural. Not all churches ignore Acts 4:32. They say it only happened in Jerusalem. (History says that’s not true.)
I don’t want to fault people where their interpretation is reasonable. Paul and James both talk about rich people in the church, so how could they have shared everything? Where churches are addressing those questions in some reasonable way, even if they disagree with me, I’m not complaining.
However, I think every other Scripture mentioned here, outside of the two I just addressed, are usually ignored like they don’t exist or dismissed with an excuse. I don’t want to honor those excuses by calling them an explanation or an interpretation. They are not. They are so pitiful that it is clear that the people making them do not care what Jesus or Paul or Peter or James or God himself is trying to tell them through that verse.
Really, though, that last paragraph is off subject.
My point is that these are verses that we just don’t say, except to explain them away. We direct them at no one. There is no situation where we would say to anyone the words of any of these verses.
When it is taboo to repeat things apostles said, or when we cannot think of any circumstance in which we would say or do what Jesus and the apostles said and did, then we have a problem.
Borrowing a phrase from the Declaration of Independence, I declare that truth to be self-evident, at least for “Bible-believing” Christians.
For any of you that feel I have my own list of ignored verses, you would only be doing me a favor if you pointed them out to me.
- Does Galatians 3:27 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation? (altruistico.wordpress.com)
- The Truth and Salvation (Pt. 10) (intoalltruth.wordpress.com)