Patricia, did you take my mountain?!?!
I think the Scripture-twisting award for 2011 should go to Patricia King.
King says God’s giving out mountains, so you need to go take one! No, I’m not being facetious. She really says that in the following video.
I want you to read this Scripture:
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Patricia King said that she was a nurse by trade, but afterwards went into full time ministry. During study one night, God spoke this verse to her and she just knew God was calling her into business… Kingdom business, that is!
Now, let’s read this verse in context, and you can be sure I’m going to post the full passage and not cherry-pick verses and twist them.
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. 41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? 50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
The first question we should ask is, what exactly is the Father’s business? Could it be to fulfill the commission set out before Him by His Father in Heaven and to convey the message given to Him? Yes? Ooookay! Wasn’t that easy? Here’s what King says about that one verse…. just that one verse… not the whole passage.
“… but as I was in my devotion time, um, a number of years ago, the Lord spoke to me concerning a Scripture where it said Jesus was about His Father’s business, and I thought, ‘Well, that’s interesting!’ He didn’t say He was about His Father’s ministry, He said He was about His Father’s business. And so I started to examine that and I realized because I lead a ministry, that I had to walk with my “Daddy” God, walk with the Holy Spirit on how to run the ministry, on how to initiate certain mandates, how to raise funds for it, how to see the different mandates we’re given become fruitful and multiply and that…and the Lord says, ‘You are about your Father’s business.’ And I, and I realized, and I thought, ‘Wow, this is Kingdom Business!”
How King goes from what the Scripture actually says to her interpretation can be achieved in only one way… you’ve got to snip a verse away from the contextual narrative, and apply ding-bat eisegesis to it.
Now, I have an assignment for you (but watch the video first). I want you to read these verses, and using Patricia King’s mode of interpretation, apply it to these verses. See what a mess it makes?
Matthew 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: (Wow, God has called me to be a dentist! Or, maybe an optometrist??? A Kingdom Optometrist!)
Matthew 9:16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. (Yaaaay! God wants me to be a Kingdom Tailor!)
Matthew 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. (Yee Haw! I’m being called to be a Kingdom winemaker! Or maybe a Kingdom drunk! Oooooooh, that explains John Crowder!)
Matthew 9:26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land. (Hot diggity! I’m called to be famous. All for the Kingdom, of course! Or, maybe it means I should be a newspaper editor and spread other people’s fame throughout the land??? A KINGDOM EDITOR!)
Romans 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. (Well, how do ya like that?! God’s calling me to be a lumber jack!)
Yeesh! Here’s the video.