The Most Ignored New Testament Verses

Do you believe the whole Bible? 
Do you accept the entire Word of God? 
Do you accept all of Scripture?

All too often, I see Christians attack other Christians for twisting scripture or ignoring verses or manipulating passages. The question is do you? I would imagine that most of us would want to proclaim, "No!" But is that true? What do you think when you hear someone point to verses we ignore? A prime example is in the "gay debate" where the word "abomination" is used by some and others show where the same is used for eating shrimp or bacon or wearing mixed fabrics.

To be honest, my response is to think, "Well, I follow Jesus not those outdated customs," but is that really an answer? We, Christians loudly say we "believe the whole Bible" but we dance around or run when a ugly verse is shown. What are we to do in these situations? Are these odd and uncomfortable references limited just to the Old Testament?

Unfortunately no.

Regardless if we are talking about gay marriage, women in leadership, non-violence, alcohol, predestination, hell, spiritual gifts or heaven knows what, we will hear the arguing of Bible verses. I hope this unconventional study will motivate us to approach the Bible with humility.  There are many verses that we all ignore, but here are my top ten from the New Testament.

Have you kept all of these?
1. You can’t be circumcised and a Christian! 
“Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.” -Galatians 5:2

2. Don’t just drink water, have some wine! 
“No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.” -1 Timothy 5:23

3. Cover your hair disgraceful wives! 
“But every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.” -1 Corinthians 11:3-7

4. Have a party, don't invite your friends or family! 
“He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid.  But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,” - Luke 14:12-13

5. Judge people inside the Church! 
“For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?” -1 Corinthians 5:12

6. Don’t call anyone Father or Teacher! 
“And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ.” – Matthew 23:9-10

7. Slaves obey your harsh masters! 
“Slaves, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the harsh.” -1 Peter 2:18

8. The Old Covenant is obsolete! 
“In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” – Hebrews 8:13

9. Women don’t braid your hair or wear expensive clothes! 
“Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire” -1 Timothy 2:9

10. The rich are not blessed! 
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.” –Luke 6:24

Which ones surprise you? Which have you heard before? Which do you swear I made up?

My hope is that we as followers of Jesus can admit, that it is not just those we disagree with that ignore verses. We all need to realize that we also emphasize certain verses over others. The question is why? Let us admit that we are not called to be followers of the Bible, but followers of Jesus. It is Him who we are to imitate, not the Bible.  So let us stop dancing and running from the parts that we don't like. Instead may we study and ask the questions others are afraid to ask, so we can learn. For it is not our questions, but our weak answers (and hypocrisy), that drive nonbelievers away.
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