Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My ownauthority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. John 7:16-18 (NKJV)
I had a class of young potential spiritual leaders. We began to study the "rules for interpreting the Bible." (Commonly called Hermeneutics) We came to this conclusion: If a person ignores the basic rules of Hermeneutics and/or manipulates God's Word or twists its meaning to any significant measure they are, at best, teaching their own opinion and at worst, they are in danger of teaching false doctrine. We further concluded that it is better to teach those truths that are obvious and important and avoid those things that are unclear and of marginal significance.
Even Jesus (God in the flesh) made it clear that He did not come teach His opinions. He came to teach the doctrine of the Father and to accurately represent the Father to us. This fact makes the teachings of Christ pure and unpolluted by falsehood, hidden agendas or self-serving tripe. This means that the red letters in your New Testament accurately represent the thoughts and communication of the Father.
Both Jesus and the Apostle Paul warn us of a time when the world will be full of false teachers and prophets, who will be deceiving others and are themselves deceived. It is further prophesied that people will flock to their teaching, because they are teaching what people want to hear. In the words of Jesus, such a teacher "seeks his own glory."If you are a teacher of God's Word, you should follow the example of Jesus; Do not teach your opinions as the Gospel truth--Teach the Word without manipulation and accurately represent Christ.
Author's note: I have to be honest and confess that looking back through some of my "ancient" sermon notes, I have at times, taken more liberty with God's Word than I should have. It is so tempting to put my own spin on a particular subject to make a point. However, at that point I am merely preaching my opinion. Do you know what my opinion and $2.06 will get you? A cup of coffee at Starbucks. RJ