Many doctrinal errors and pagan practices have crept into the various denominations and systems of the Christian church since Christ permanently returned to heaven, sometime after His resurrection. This condition serves as a modern-day fulfillment of the Apostle Paul's dire prediction recorded in Acts 20:29-30: For I know this, that after my parting shall grievous wolves enter in among you not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things... This book examines seventeen key verses or passages that many Christians, both leaders and laity, commonly misinterpret because they divorce the selected text from its immediate context. The author seeks to correctly present the meaning of these often-misunderstood passages by examining the content and identifying the theme(s) present in the surrounding verses, with an eye to the larger testimony of the whole of Scripture regarding the indicated topics. The principle that drives this treatise is: a text without context is pretext (falsehood or error). Serving as a part-time lay preacher, Andrew Manthe has given Bible studies to both individuals and groups of people for nearly twenty-five years. He has a passion for correctly understanding and presenting scriptural truth to all who will listen. Mr. Manthe has a degree in religion from Pacific Union College located in California's Napa Valley. He has three children and resides in Northern California. You may order additional copies of this book from Xulon Press at http: //www.xulonpress.com/bookstore.