I'm sure there are scads of true stories about sad and horrible things that happened in people's lives because the Scriptures were either not taught accurately or practically not at all. For me, growing up in a liberal Protestant church where we never heard the gospel, delayed my conversion since I simply didn't know I was supposed to get "born again." Thankfully, a college classmate told me the true gospel and I had to sense to responded.
Here is a somewhat bizarre story (true) of what happens when church members do not get the full Word of God preached. It has happened frequently historically and will continue to happen again, sadly.
The following was told to me by an elderly friend of mine. It happened to her and her classmates in the 1930s and early 40s right here in the United States (before the communist hysteria of the 1950's).
"The principal of our High school was a member of our church. He thought it would be a good idea to invite Miss N and Miss A to our Baptist church. They were civics and economics teachers. They were also communists, right out of the local secret commune.
Somehow, Miss A was offered the job of teaching the adult sunday school class. My parents went to the church; every adult that age I knew was there. The first thing she had them learning was some mighty strange scriptures. She twisted them ever so slightly but those people had not read the scriptures very much. The church had slipped and slid sideways through iffy preaching and lack of knowledge of the Word on the part of the members. Some of the adults would even jokingly call each other "Comrade."
After a while, Miss A was teaching them simple communism, very much like my civics book in high school. I told my mother after a year sitting under Miss A that I was a communist. My parents and everyone else was so ignorant of the Word, even communism could come in. Later I was saved in a youth for Christ meeting at age 19. Then I left that church immediately because I saw it all clearly."
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