I asked several of my friends what they thought was the most commonly misquoted or misused Bible verse in America. Here’s some of my favorite responses (that are not in the top 3):
– Tom from Erwin, Tennessee… 1 John 4.8 – “God is love” which is quoted as if that is ALL God is. He’s so much more.
– Eric P. from Harvest Jacksonville… John 8.32 “the truth shall set you free” which is often quoted without reference to verse 31 which says that it only applies to those who Abide in His Word.
– Joel from Jackson, Tennessee… Romans 8.28… because people assume it’s all about their own personal good as opposed to the collective good. I also think it is misquoted because the last half of the verse is neglected, implying the verse applies to all people, instead of just God’s people (Christians).
– Pastor Ted from Gordonsville, VA… 1 Corinthians 10.13… He comments: “Too often this is quoted as God will not allow more trials and tribulations than we can tolerate. This scripture is about temptation. It is often quoted out of context. God will always allow us an escape from temptation but will always allow us a way through our trials.”
– Chris B. from Harvest Jacksonville points out that in the Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25), when the king says, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’ it’s often quoted to support general humanitarian causes, but in context, Jesus is talking about Christians helping fellow Christians.