In this post, we find Steven Furtick, once again, tirelessly running through any snippet of scripture possible in order to justify his actions:
(ACTS 2:42) They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Did you catch it? They devoted themselves. Who devoted themselves? The new believers! Nobody devoted them to the teaching. They had to do it for themselves. The apostles taught with authority, clarity, and consistency. But the burden of discipleship rested primarily on the new believers, not the leaders of the church.
Gee, had Pastors for the last several centuries realized this, they could have saved much time trying to make disciples. Just dunk a load of people in an above-ground pool, and let them fend for themselves.
Of course, that becomes problematic when you read Matthew 28:19:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
If Steven is right, this verse must be speaking to non-disciples, and Jesus is telling them to make themselves disciples.
Wait…Jesus was actually speaking to the Apostles?
This is the danger of taking one word out of one verse, and trying to build doctrine around it. The vast majority of the time, you are going to get it wrong.
Is the Word of God not worth the extra effort it would take to get it right more often?