13 “ Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. 15 “ Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. 21 “ Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? ’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness
(Matthew 7:13-23 NKJV)

Should we be concerned that Christ, Himself, said that His way is narrow and difficult - yet the theologies of the church are easy?
Should we be concerned that Christ said, out of all the people in the church, even those active within the church, MOST will not make it because they followed the wrong teachings?
Does this not drive us to Scripture to see what is true; without following the writings of man?
The PROBLEM is, how do you know what is good interpretation and what is bad interpretation of Scripture?

One of the most dreadful faults of the church today is the failure to teach the people how to study God’s Word.

Everyone can say they’ve struggled in studying the Word of God. Because of the difficulties, people typically resort to following books on specific subject they wish to learn about. These books are written by men who guide the reader through Scripture and tells the reader what to believe; many times, based on the text of Scripture pulled from context. The most dangerous thing to do is not be able to study and not take the time to study. Y’shua, and the apostles, gave a stern warning to watch out for false teachers (Matthew 7:15; Romans 16:17; 1 John 4:1; 1 Timothy 6:20-21). How do you know what is false if you don’t know how, and don’t take the time to study the Bible? These false teachers may appear in the form of wolves, and of teachers who have likewise been deceived. If you do not know how to study God’s Word, or refuse to study because you have made life too hectic, they can take “you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8). If we do not check the teachings of the men “leading” us by the Word of God, we can be led astray and remain lost (see
Deceived People).

Through the fact that there are so many different denominations, theologies, and teachings that contradict each other, we then understand that there are many errors within the church teachings today. These errors do not continue because the majority of pastors are wolves; they continue because the majority of pastors are blind - they to don’t know how to study Scripture. They follow the same process that you may have followed, using books and teachings of people they trust without the mental tools to research and find what is true. And, with satan taking more and more time in our lives, many pastors today follow a script from their denomination or from a web-site and give little, if any, Biblical research. Christ said, when the blind lead the blind they both end up in the ditch (Matthew 15:14).

Whether you have just started to study the Bible or whether you are a pastor who has been teaching for years, we can always use tools to help us understand Scripture more clearly and be able to make good interpretation of Scripture. I’ve put together tools on How to Study Scripture by techniques I’ve learned and used over the years along with other resources which I have sharpened my ability to see and understand what I am reading. This series is NOT teaching theology of denominations or man: it’s teaching how to get the most out of the doctrine within Scripture. This may be equivalent to a college entry course and will give you the tools to discover the gold within God’s Word; as well as teach others. This resource is completely free!!!

Just click on the link below to download the PDF book.

How To Study the Bible