In fact, I’ve been told it’s against the rules for members/leaders to even disclose which church they belong to.Nor, for the same reason, can anyone recommend (or warn against) any pastor, author, or teacher, despite the fact that his/her materials might be very helpful (or harmful) to someone in the group.BSF leaders are also told not to use any Scripture other than what is being studied that day, which is most unhelpful, as one of the basic tenets of sound hermeneutics is that “Scripture interprets Scripture” and that unclear passages are to be understood in light of clear passages.
They may come to view studying the Bible as a chore.
They may sometimes neglect their husbands, children, homes, churches, friends, etc., in favor of completing the assignments.
Years ago a lady in the church that I attended invited me to a women’s Bible study.
I had heard such great things about the study that I could not wait to start.
Next, BSF is limited to studies of only ten books/topics.
I understand why BSF may have to do this from a logistics standpoint, but if BSF is a woman’s only form of personal or group Bible study, that’s leaving out a lot of the Bible. Concerns have also been raised by BSF participants and leaders that BSF may be headed in an Emergent and/or contemplative direction considering BSF’s recommendations of materials by authors who subscribe to these false teachings and BSF’s increasing use of (a very shoddy paraphrase of Scripture) rather than a reliable translation.
What if, during a discussion of that day’s lesson, one of the Catholic members says, “This verse seems to say that praying to Mary would be wrong. ” or a Mormon says, “This passage indicates that we can be baptized for the dead. These are doctrinal issues, whether BSF sees them as such or not, and from a biblical standpoint these members need to be taught that praying to Mary and baptism for the dead are unscriptural and sinful.
But, according to what I’ve been told, BSF will not correct people’s false doctrine in order to remain open to people of all “Christian” faiths.
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