"Consider that the longsuffering of God is salvation--as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they also do the rest of the Scriptures" (II Peter 3:15-16).

The next time you hear some well-intentioned believer cavalierly dismiss all controversy regarding what the Bible says because "it means what it says and says what it means," I suggest you don't respond. You're listening to someone who has never really read his Bible.

Dr. Joe McKeever is a Preacher, Cartoonist, and the Director of Missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans. Visit him at joemckeever.com/mtUsed with permission.

Original publication date: June 18, 2010

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