onward Christian soldiers
January 7, 2013 Leave a comment
On Friday I wrote about "prosperity theology." This idea that being a good Christian will make you wealthy is apparently based on a "non-traditional interpretation" of the Book of Malachi, specifically Malachi 3:10: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (King James Version).
I wonder why a person picks a particular verse on which to anchor so much interpretive emphasis.
Imagine a doctrine based on Psalm 18. I’m thinking in particular of verses 37–45:
|18:37||I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.|
|18:38||I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.|
|18:39||For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.|
|18:40||Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.|
|18:41||They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.|
|18:42||Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.|
|18:43||Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.|
|18:44||As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.|
|18:45||The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.|
Or am I somehow misreading these lines?