Saturday, August 3, 2019
“He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor” (Proverbs 14:31 KJV).
Is this a good verse to support minimum wage increases?
The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Peter advised in 2 Peter chapter 3: “ And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;  As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
“Wresting” is “twisting or turning,” like a human body being tortured as it is mangled on the rack. Metaphorically, it means to pervert or distort language so the text fits one’s own idea. According to the Holy Spirit through Peter, people were abusing the Bible 20 centuries ago. We should therefore expect individuals to still be using the Scriptures to deceive their audience. Rather than God’s Word saying what God says, it is man making God’s Word say something God never said. As the Apostle Paul observed, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God” (2 Corinthians 2:17).
For example, Micah 5:2 predicted of Jesus, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” If you study carefully, you realize Israel’s religious leaders actually misquoted this in Matthew chapter 2: “ And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.  And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,  And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” Here, Scripture was made to say the exact opposite of its original teaching!
As religious leaders corrupt God’s Word, politicians do likewise….