Sometimes we’re just plain wrong about things. It’s a fact of life that no one is always right, and we have to be humble enough to admit when we need to change the way we understand things for a more accurate understanding. Unfortunately, with today’s culture of relativism, it’s very difficult to change people’s minds. People can make the false assumption that the fact that there are multiple denominations, or many different people with different opinions, it means there can always be multiple ways of understanding Christianity and Scripture. I’d suggest to you that it’s actually the opposite, that relativism can be found in only a very small number of cases in Scripture, such as one’s decision to choose to eat meat or not (Romans 14:2). In general, we’re given clear instructions in Scripture to abide in the specific teachings of the Apostles via the Holy Spirit throughout the New Testament (2 Thessalonians 2:15, Galatians 1:6-9).
I pull this following verse up time and time again in my posts, because it’s a very important verse that needs to be taken seriously. So let’s read it again. 2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”. Now let’s focus on the word correction. If something is useful for correction, would that mean that something has the right instructions all the time? Can something ever be useful for correction and have the wrong instructions?
It would seem the clear answer is yes to the first question and absolutely not to the last question. It would simply be a complete contradiction. So what we have here is a standard of truth, which all opinions must be subject to. Take also into consideration that we’re warned numerous times about false teachers (2 Corinthians 11:13, 1 Timothy 1:3, 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Peter 2:1, 1 John 4:1). So if we’re told there’s a right way to follow things, and we’re told to watch out multiple times for the wrong ways people are going to deceive us by, can it really be so true that everything with understanding Christianity is relative, or is that what Satan would be pleased to have you believe to achieve his desire to deceive you?
So having said all of that, for those of us who are followers of Christ, sometimes it’s our duty to correct people’s understanding of things for the sake of God’s will, and for some of us to be humble enough to be corrected. It can be a daunting task to tell someone that they’re understanding is inaccurate to Scripture, but think if you didn’t know you were wrong about something. You would want someone to tell you. I know I certainly would. In the past few days as I’ve read certain Christianity, God, Jesus, or Faith tagged posts, I’ve stepped up more in trying to comment on people’s posts of a more accurate way to understand things according to Scripture, when I see that they’re saying things that seem to be an apparent contradiction to the Scripture. I do so, because I know it can at times potentially be the difference between salvation and eternal damnation. As such was the example in this following passage in Acts 18.
Acts 18:24-28 states, “Now there came to Ephesus a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria. He was an eloquent man, well-versed in the scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord; and he spoke with burning enthusiasm and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately. 27 And when he wished to cross over to Achaia, the believers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. On his arrival he greatly helped those who through grace had become believers, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the scriptures that the Messiah is Jesus.”
Now let’s pay close attention to something here. Apollos was someone who was eloquent, and well-versed in the Scriptures. He spoke with a burning enthusiasm, and was taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, but even in all of his eloquence, in how much he was well-versed and well taught, and in all of his burning enthusiasm, was making a significant mistake in his understanding. This is certainly an excellent example of why you shouldn’t always believe what preachers on television or your preacher at church says. It’s why we examine everything carefully as 1 Thessalonians 5:21 instructs.
So Aquila and Priscilla heard him, and they did not shrink back from their duty. They took him aside, which I think that seems to indicate doing things respectfully since they didn’t correct him in front of the crowd, and they explained the way of God to him more accurately. Now presumably, since it says he only knew the baptism of John, they were explaining to Him that he needed to teach on the necessity of the baptism of Jesus Christ. And Apollos was humble enough to accept this correction, and greatly helped those who through grace had become believers, and now was also powerfully refuting the Jews showing through SCRIPTURE (not through personal opinion or subjective experience) that the Messiah is Jesus. So we see here, this correction was significant in making sure the true Gospel of Jesus Christ was continuing to spread, otherwise there would have been a whole bunch of people Apollos was teaching who would have not only been misinformed had he not been corrected, but unsaved as well.
So may we all follow the example of the words of Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 2:24-26 which states, “24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, 25 correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, 26 and that they may escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will”