It’s amazing to me, brethren, how often a scripture is twisted simply by not reading the entire sentence. We’ve talked in a previous post about how the chapters and verse numbers are not inspired, but were added much later. The Word of God is inspired, we should make it our aim not to take it out of context, regardless of where a verse number sits.
Proverbs 23:7 is one of those verses which interrupts a sentence. So when the Word of Faith teachers quote it they never read the full context, they just take the scripture and twist it to fit their new age beliefs. This is one I heard constantly before I was saved. You have to think right thoughts to get right results. The weird thing is that I had heard the exact same concept from my mom when she was a practicing Wiccan. Convinced that she had caused her fiancé to cheat on her by thinking he would, she spent two years in a deep depression before coming to salvation.
Thinking positive thoughts to somehow get God to do what you want Him to is not a biblical principle. New ageism has leaked into the church at such an alarming rate its almost dizzying. This verse is actually an important warning, truly good advice when it’s read in its fullness.
You see the actual text saying to be careful of a selfish man. It warns against covetousness as well. Nothing in there is even referencing the ‘power of thought’ or any such nonsense. I found this WWUTT clip here to be very helpful in hashing this out.
How would we feel if someone took apart our sentence and used a fragment of it to twist the meaning? I’d be frustrated, and offended, to say the least. How dare we think so lowly of God and His Word, and so highly of ourselves, that we would do this to His Words! Let it be our goal, beloved friends, to rightly divide Gods Word, with care, and respect, treating the Bible as the treasured work of the Holy Spirit that it is. We’ve been given a gift, Gods Words written down, preserved throughout the ages, upheld by the blood of martyrs who died to see it translated into a readable language. Therefore, dear brethren, my genuinely beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, let us be good Berean’s and study to show ourselves approved.