Can the word preached be a lie

Take a look at this passage from first Kings. Elijah had been staying at the home of this woman, and one day her son dies. Elijah then prays and raises the dead son to life.

1 Kings 17:23-24

23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.

Here is a case where the power of God was demonstrated and it became a witness to the integrity of the Prophet.

1 Corinthians 4:20

20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

The important point for our study is this: that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth. What this implies is that there can be times when the Word of the Lord can be spoken, yet not be the truth. If the word is misused, misunderstoon, or misapplied, there will be no truth in it. It will just be a case where the word, i.e. the letter of the law, kills.

Are we saying the bible is untrue? No, of course not. We are pointing out that in specific cases at certain times some one can be teaching or preaching from the bible and there will be no truth in it. These are times when there is no witness of the Spirit to back up the word being shared.

When you hear someone tell you, "The bible clearly teaches such and such" be careful. You could even say the bible doesn't teach anything! Man teaches from the bible, and the Holy Spirit teaches from the bible. If a man's teaching is not by the Spirit, there just might be no truth in it. The word of the Lord in his mouth will not be truth! This applies to more than just teaching.

2 Timothy 3:16

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

It also applies to exhortation, intercession, praise, worship and spiritual warfare.

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