The letters, if anything, should always be kept in context since they seem to address specific problems based on the best understanding of Christianity via the writer. I would hesitate to build big doctrines from letters vs. the gospels…reason being…they are letters.
It’s like taking my book report on ‘A Tale of 2 Cities’ as substantially equal to the writing of the author itself. This is my personal opinion.
It seems to me a few things in Christian literature need to be figured out:
(a) Weighting of Importance
(b) Context (within book/letter)
(c) Analysis of prophecy in context of original usage (ie: Isaiah)
(d) Time period and historical context – figuring out ‘agenda’
*Taken from my blog ‘Acts says ‘No’ to Divinity of Jesus’