The Bible gets misquoted a lot these days…and I truly believe it’s because we grew up on the wrong interpretation of certain verses, which leads us to naturally believe that’s what they mean. Why? Because there’s this assumption that if the pastor said it, it must be true. Most Christians have the tendency to remove a Bible verse from its context and try to get the passage to address situations that were in no way intended to be addressed by the writer. One of the verses that are misquoted the most is: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). EVERY time I’ve heard this passage quoted the person quoting it is talking about church attendance, prayer, and/or worship. This makes me lose my flippin mind! Here’s why…

Ok, sure, when you take it away from its context it sounds awesome right? But the problem is this verse has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus joining us when there’s a church service of more than two people. EVEN IF this verse literally meant that where two or three people are, God is there too…it would disqualify God from being God. Why? Because God is omnipresent…he doesn’t need a specific number of people present to be present; he doesn’t rely on us to gather together in order for him to make a promise that he will also show up to church that day. This verse is often used to indicate to Christians that where two or more believers get together, Jesus is somehow more present in that situation than he is when a Christian is alone. BUT, this verse means something totally different than what the idiot with the microphone pours into your head.

This verse is an assurance that when there is a conflict in the church and the church leaders step in to fix the problem and a covenant is made between the parties, Jesus is involved and present in that agreement. It’s all about agreement, not attendance. It’s basically saying that in the church, the sincere agreement of two people is more powerful than the superficial agreement of thousands, because Jesus’ Holy Spirit is with them. Two or more believers, filled with the Holy Spirit, will pray according to God’s will, not their own; thus their requests will be granted. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t limit God to two or three people…or even to church attendance numbers. You know what I say to people who misquote this verse?…”So you’re saying that he Jesus can’t be present if it’s less than two or greater than three people?” You see the problem with misquoting is you’re altering Scripture and Jesus kind of hates that.

When we hear a passage either misquoted or misapplied we believe that what we heard is what the Bible really says. I’ve known people who have built entire theologies and churches based on misquoted scriptures; and when shown the right meaning of the verse they try to change tactics and find other verses, taken out of context, to defend their belief. By the way, God doesn’t honor that.

The meaning of the verse is simple: Jesus is spiritually present to confirm the decision that has just been made in order to help guide the church leaders and give them peace that the decision they were forced to make was the right one. Unfortunately, many Christians have taken, and continue to take, this verse waaaay out of context, and my response to them is this: Be careful about scripture…it’s powerful stuff and has the ability to change lives for the better or for the worse, depending on how you handle it. My question to them is, would you rather have scripture alter someone’s life for the better or worse? It’s time that Christians take time to actually study scripture before proclaiming it.

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  1. If I remember correctly didn’t Satan tempt Jesus by miss quoting scripture? Oh yeah he did and Jesus put him in his place by putting the verses in context with the whole Word of God. Good post. We need to take the whole Bible in context together and not just bits and pieces of the verses we like. We need to stop trying to fit verses of the Bible into our lives and start fitting our lives into the Word of God.

  2. This is a scripture that I have misquoted all my life. Thank you for opening my eyes. I never realized that I was misquotiing it. You have made me see where I have been wrong.

  3. Good to see someone else make note of what really is abuse of Scripture, i have raised this issue and looked for comment and not surprisingly have drawn a blank, too many Christians fall for having favorite Bible verses and completely murder the context, Judge not being a classic not only for believers but just about everyone, We are ambassadors for Christ is another classic, read in context ‘we’ refers to Timothy and Paul it does not have universal application, again thanks for your insight.

  4. I like your post! it reminds me of pasters that misquote all the time when they say that the law was nailed at the cross.
    Pride will stop you in your tracks!! Will you read this till the end with an open mind?
    The word of God says in (1 Thessalonians 5:21) “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” we all have the right to have an opinion but when it comes to the truth our opinions shouldn’t come in to play. Pride is our worst enemy, the pride that doesn’t allow us to seek the truth for fear of having been fooled by traditions of man. Different religions claim to have and teach the truth contained in scripture. Most people have a belief one way or the other concerning Gods word and what is alarming is when no one questions God and His so called truth. When you don’t question God He will not give you the answers, then all you are left with is the only answer God did not reveal to you and that is mans teaching from the pulpit. Jesus says this in (Mark 7:4-9) 4” And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? 6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” Here Jesus says we should keep the commandments of God and not the traditions of men. The question you should be asking yourself is did Jesus remove Gods Moral Commandments at the cross? There is no doubt that He removed the sacrificial commandments and ordinances hand written by Moses through an angel till the seed should come as is written in (Galatians 3:19) 19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Here Paul just stated what law was to be removed, Paul states it clearly so we don’t make a mistake (ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator) Ask yourself who wrote the Moral Law on tables of stone? If you believe the Ten Commandments were nailed at the cross then Paul and Jesus have contradicted themselves and we shouldn’t believe anything they say. If you were told that the Law was for the Jews only here is Paul’s answer found in (Romans 3:27-31) 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Here Paul says there is only one God and that we establish the Law for Jews and Gentiles. Do you believe God would give the Jews different Moral Laws to follow? That says we are free to commit adultery or kill or steal or worship other gods or images!!! So there can be no doubt in your mind what law Paul was referring to he says this in (Galatians 3:10) 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. He stated clearly the “Book of the Law.” There is no curse written in Gods Moral Law!! Happy research every one. God Bless. Jose

  5. I love that the Holy Spirit gave me revelation on this verse! I told HIm that it didn’t make sense that He would be present when I gather and agree with one (or two) others. He said, “You are a person. The Holy Spirit is a person…. that makes two! Wow!!!!

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