Most husbands at one time or another have noticed a stray thread on a suit or shirt. Just before we are about to pull on it we hear the words “Don’t pull on that thread”! The thread is not isolated. It is part of a greater garment. If you pull it in order the get rid of it you end up doing more damage to the garment.
The above scenario reminds me of those who, because they are living a life that is in opposition to Bible teaching, have decided to rid the Bible of the particular “thread” that threatens them. The problem is they have not thought about what that “thread” is attached to and the consequences that are created by “pulling” it. Here is an example. It is a statement made in a discussion on homosexuality that can be found at Preacherpollard’s Blog.
(…Paul was wrong. Paul was wrong about so very many things that there are many Biblical scholars who believe he was a fake apostle who led the early church astray and had contentious relationships with the true apostles of Christ. Have you noticed that out of the 22 times he is called an apostle in the New Testament, only two times came from someone besides him? He was a pompous, argumentative, egotistical braggart and he is the source of most of the pain in the version of Christianity that he created. It is sad that so many people are following Paul instead of Christ and do not realize it.)
While there are numerous errors in the above paragraph I will address one part to demonstrate this “thread principle” and its consequences. Was Paul a wrong? Was he a “fake apostle”?
If Paul was a “fake apostle” then most of the New Testament documents are immediately discarded. This would eliminate Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon and perhaps Hebrews. But it doesn’t end there.
If Paul was a “fake apostle” then the writings of the apostle Peter must be rejected. Peter declared Paul an apostle and endorsed his letters (2 Pet.3:15,16). Therefore Peter’s writings, 1 & 2 Peter, are eliminated. But it doesn’t stop here.
If Peter’s writings must be excluded then Luke’s must be also. Luke, a historian, records the preaching of Peter and the other apostles, e.g. Acts 2:14ff; etc. In addition he recorded the conversion of Paul and his commission by Christ (Acts 9:9-20) and also refers to him as an “apostle” (Acts 14:14). The book of Acts is gone. But it doesn’t stop here.
Since the book of Acts, written by Luke, must be rejected, the book of Luke is also eliminated. Guess what? It doesn’t end here.
If Luke is out then Matthew, Mark and John are also eliminated because they all attest to the same birth, life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ that Luke did. Shall we continue? If John’s gospel is eliminated then the other writings of John, e.g. 1, 2, and 3 John & Revelation fall as well.
This one “thread” of error has effectively “unraveled” the entire New Testament, including all that Jesus did and taught. It is an “all or nothing” proposition when it comes to the Bible. One cannot reject a text simply because it happens to condemn what they want to believe or practice.