Rule Nine: Collect all the divine testimonies on the matter under consideration; find just what each clearly means; claim all that, and no more.
For example, if you want to know what the Bible teaches about being rich, or “riches” you must consider every passage and it’s context:
The Word “Rich” in the NAS95 (48 occurrences)
Mt 19:23* And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Mt 19:24* “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Mt 27:57* When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.
Mr 10:23 And Jesus, looking around, *said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!”
Mr 10:25 “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Mr 12:41* And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums.
Lu 1:53* “HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed.
Lu 6:24* “But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.
Lu 12:16* And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.
Lu 12:21* “So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Lu 14:12* And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment.
Lu 16:1* Now He was also saying to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and this manager was reported to him as squandering his possessions.
Lu 16:19* “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day.
Lu 16:21* and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.
Lu 16:22* “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.
Lu 18:23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
Lu 18:24* And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!
Lu 18:25* “For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Lu 19:2* And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.
Lu 21:1* And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury.
Ro 10:12* For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;
Ro 11:17* But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,
1Co 4:8* You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you.
2Co 6:10* as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.
2Co 8:2* that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality.
2Co 8:9* For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
2Co 9:11* you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.
Eph 2:4* But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
Eph 3:10* so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
1Ti 6:9* But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
1Ti 6:10* For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1Ti 6:17* Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
1Ti 6:18* Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
Jas 1:10* and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away.
Jas 1:11* For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away.
Jas 2:5* Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
Jas 2:6* But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? v Jas 5:1* Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.
2Pe 1:11* for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
Re 2:9* ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
Re 3:17* ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
Re 3:18* I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.
Re 6:15* Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;
Re 13:16* And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead,
Re 18:3* “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”
Re 18:14* “The fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them.
Re 18:15* “The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning,
Re 18:19* “And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!
Rule Ten: Doubtful passages, which are capable of more than one construction, must be so construed as to harmonize with those which are positive, and can have but one meaning. (Cf. Matt. 7:1 & John 7:24)
1* “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2* “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
24* “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
4* Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
43* Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”
16* “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17* “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18* “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19* “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20* “So then, you will know them by their fruits.
1 Cor. 14:29
29* Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment.
The terms “judge” and “judgment” have several meanings, as most words have, and in the Scriptures to judge is frequently to condemn. That is why Jesus said: “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” (Matt. 7:2). Do not willingly, readily, or harstily condemn.
This does not in any way forbid using good sense in observing one’s behavior and or character. We MUST judge, we are commanded to.
For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?
But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.
Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints?
Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts?
Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?
So if you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church?
I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren,