Proof-texting and Modern Christianity

Given the proclivity of many Christians for seizing upon a single verse as some sort of proof/argument/explanation of theological positions (I’m thinking of the comfort gospel, the prosperity gospel, etc),  one wonders why we don’t see this verse touted more often:

Act 14:22 NET. They strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom of God through many persecutions.”

I mean, this verse is in all the translations I own….


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