This statement describing the level of Bible study in the past century would now be considered offensive or shocking to the average Christian.
What has diminished is not the truth of O’Hair’s statement, but the number of intelligent Bible students.
What passes as Bible study today is opening the Bible and applying any verse to our present situation or preaching agenda.
Cursed be the context! Let the facts be gone!
If any work is put into this form of foolish Bible “study” it is in twisting the verse out of its context and spinning it to meet a particular belief system or thought.
Intelligent Bible Study
Intelligent Bible study requires collecting the facts of scripture and then letting the context make connections. Interpretation and application come after collecting of facts.
No intelligent student of the Scripture would refuse to hear the facts before making an interpretation or application.
The facts are that the gospel of the kingdom and the gospel of the grace of God are different messages.
There is no deep interpretation to this conclusion, it requires only fact collection.
Fact #1: The gospel Paul preached includes Christ dying for our sins, his burial, and resurrection.
“…I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, … By which also ye are saved. … how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures;” – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Fact #2: Christ sent his disciples to preach the gospel of the kingdom.
“Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick…And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.” – Luke 9:1-6
Fact #3: The twelve disciples did not understand the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ while they were preaching the gospel of the kingdom.
“Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.” – Luke 18:31-34
Conclusion based on the facts: The gospel of the kingdom and Paul’s gospel are different messages.
There is zero room for interpretation, and zero application in this conclusion, and yet it is rejected if not extremely offensive to a majority of Christians in the 21st century.
Conclusion #2: Christians in the 21st century are unaware of Bible facts regarding the gospels.
Intelligent Bible study collects the facts first.
Intelligent Bible study will lead you to confront mid-Acts Pauline dispensational right division.
No intelligent student of the Scriptures believes, or teaches, that there is only one gospel in the Scriptures.
The facts bear this out. No interpretation is needed.
If anyone says otherwise, then there is good reason to doubt their ability to study or their intelligence.
Let the dumb be dumb. Let the facts speak!