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Today's Predestination Paranoia is Unwarranted

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"If there is a text of scripture you dare not meet,
humble yourself till you can. If your creed and the Bible do not agree,
cut your creed to pieces, but make it agree with this book.
If there is anything in the church to which you belong which is
contrary to the inspired Word, leave that church."   --CH Spurgeon

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3 June, 2008   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

What Value Does The Bible Have, To You?

A Puritan evangelist, John Rogers, warned his congregation against neglecting Scripture by telling them what God might say: "I have trusted you so long with my Bible - it lies in some houses all covered with dust and cobwebs, you care not to listen to it. Do you use my Bible that way? Well, you shall have my Bible no longer". Rogers then picked up his Bible and started walking away from the pulpit. Then he stopped, fell on his knees, and took on the voice of the people, who pleaded, "Lord, whatever Thou dost to us, take not Thy Bible from us; kill our children, burn our houses, destroy our goods; only spare us Thy Bible, take not away Thy Bible". "Say you so?" the minister replied... [Read More!]

8 January, 2008   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

How Did You Come Up With THAT Interpretation?!

I've never seen the bible twisted that badly before. It was about five years ago when I read a local newspaper article about the Metropolitan ("Christian homosexual") church in my city. The church was implying that all of the things in the bible that seem to oppose homosexuality are just a big misunderstanding. A page on their website took each of the scriptures apart one at a time, and assigned their own creative meanings. They essentially played the bible like a musical instrument, making it sound any way they wanted. That was the first time it ever hit me that it's possible to make the scriptures say almost anything you want them to say, with a little bit of twisting and self-deception. But how is that even possible? ... [Read More!]

14 November, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Private Interpretation Not Blind Interpretation   RC Sproul

The right of private interpretation is a special privilege we have today that we may easily take for granted, forgetting that the privilege was won through the blood of our ancestors, many of whom paid for it through their lives, even as those who dared to translate the Bible into the common language of the people. And we ought to be encouraged by this privilege, to be diligent in our own personal study of Scripture. But although the interpretation of the Scriptures may be something you do independently, and do so in private, I hope you don't do it privately in the sense that you never bother to see how others who perhaps are more experienced and who are more learned in the things of God than you are, have dealt with the text. ... [Read More!]

1 November, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Prophecy Not Intended To Be a Crystal Ball

Some of the readers here on Old Truth had asked me some time ago to write a post on eschatology and I've thought quite a bit about the best way to approach such a subject. Eschatology can be a difficult and complicated topic and to hope to cover it thoroughly in a blog post is totally unrealistic. This will not be an exhaustive dissertation on the subject but a very brief overview. I hold to my view rather strongly and though many Christians disagree about these things there is no reason why disagreement on such a matter should be a reason for lack of fellowship and charity towards one another. The scripture dogmatically teaches the visible and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. It teaches that to those outside of Christ his coming will be as a thief in the night, they will be terrified. To those in Christ his coming will be as in the day time, we will be ready for him. We will be comforted by seeing our Savior and shall glorify him. ... [Read More!]

7 September, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

How The Puritans Interpreted Scripture   JI Packer

To the Puritans, no discipline was so exacting, and no labor so rewarding as the interpretation of the scriptures. The soundness of their method is unquestionable; we shall do well to follow in their footsteps. That will mean asking six questions of each passage or text that we seek to expound: ... [Read More!]

6 September, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Blinded By Relevance - Volume 1

When church leaders peer through cool shades at God's Word, the true meaning often gets traded for an idol that they long to see. Welcome to the start of an ongoing series of posts on Old Truth, dedicated to demonstrating the perils of approaching scripture with an already decided idea of what you want it to say. In the weeks ahead, we'll examine how the only thing needed to make a scriptural square peg fit in a culturally relevant round hole is the hammer of haphazard bible interpretation. Here now is volume 1. ... [Read More!]

18 June, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Don't Add Water To The Well of Scripture   AW Pink

As it is the work of the translator to convey the real sense of the Hebrew and Greek into English, so the interpreter's is to apprehend and communicate the precise ideas which the language of the Bible was meant to impart. As the renowned Bengel so well expressed it, "An expositor should be like the maker of a well: who puts no water into it, but makes it his object to let the water flow, without diversion, stoppage, or defilement." In other words, he must not take the slightest liberty with the sacred text, nor give it a meaning which it will not legitimately bear; neither modifying its force nor superimposing upon it anything of his own, but seeking to give out its true import. ... [Read More!]

22 May, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

A Warning Against Mixing Faith and Superstition   Ichabod Spencer

I was sent for by a woman who was in great distress in respect to her preparation for death. She was fully convinced that she should not live long, though now able to ride out daily, and seldom confined to her bed by her infirmity. She was a member of a neighboring church; but she said, "I have no peace at mind, and no witness that God has given me a new heart." ... [Read More!]

11 May, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Study The Whole Word and Be Wary of Things New   William Gurnall

Christian, if you can once and for all break your engagement to the flesh and become a free man in Christ, truth will be your steadfast friend. Study God's word faithfully as well. Satan has a habit of stopping the ears from hearing sound doctrine before he opens them to listen to corrupt. He will, as often as he can, pull a saint away from God's Word and talk him into rejecting some point of truth. But he who rejects the truth of one doctrine, loses the blessing of them all. Paul predicted how this would happen "They shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Do not pretend you want to be lead into truth if you will not bother to study the whole Word of God. ... [Read More!]

19 March, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Do Your Feelings Have Veto-Power Over Scripture?

There is no shortage of people today who refuse to believe something in the bible because it goes against their feelings or against some tradition that they were brought up with. We could nickname this error of Subjective Interpretation "if it feels good - interpret it". Those who succumb to it are sometimes heard to say "my God would never do that!" as they skip-over or explain-away passages that they don't personally prefer. And when we think of "small-groups", especially in those large churches that downplay (or even mock) theology, doctrine, and deep sermons, this is what often takes place; it's a pooling of ignorance in which everybody takes their best guess at what the bible is saying. ... [Read More!]

12 March, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Bible Commentaries: Don't Be a Lone Ranger

My collision with an Emerging Church blogger last week provides a suitable backdrop for a discussion on the value of bible commentaries. This is always a controversial topic with some folks, and I do admit that there are deep ditches that we can fall into on both sides of this road. On the one hand, the risks of over-using commentaries are all too obvious, but if you don't use them at all, you might just end up making the same kind of mistake that we recently encountered. ... [Read More!]

10 March, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Reconciling Scripture: "Jesus versus Jesus"

John MacArthur teaches a "works based salvation", the Parable of The Wheat trumps Jesus' command to beware of false prophets. Those are just a couple of things that I was confronted with in a conversation late last night. Aside from MacArthur's implied anathema, the other claim related to the parable (if true) - threatens the very purity of the church. After all, if we believe what this person says - there is no way pastors can protect against certain wolves, and they must allow anybody into the church who simply says they are "a Christian". In addition to those implications, we'll also look at whether being a "fruit inspector" is akin to "playing god". ... [Read More!]

27 February, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Infallibility in The Bible, But Not in Your Pastor   JC Ryle

I do not doubt that the one volume known as The Pilgrim's Progress, written by a man who knew hardly any book but his Bible, and was ignorant of Greek and Latin, will prove in the last day to have done more for the benefit of the world, than all the works of the schoolmen put together. Learning is a gift that ought not to be despised. It is an evil day when books are not valued by the Church. But it is amazing to observe how vast a man's intellectual attainments may be, and yet how little he may know of the grace of God. I have no doubt the Authorities of Oxford in the [18th] century, knew more of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, than Wesley or Whitefield. But they knew little of the Gospel of Christ. Infallibility is not to be found among learned men, but in the Bible. For another thing, let us take care that we do not place implicit confidence on our own minister's opinion, however godly he may be. ... [Read More!]

2 February, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Do Not Meddle With God's Word   Charles Spurgeon

Take care my dear friends, how any of you meddle with God's Word. I have heard of folks altering passages they did not like. It will not do, you know, you cannot alter them; they are really just the same. Our only power with the Word of God is simply to let it stand as it is, and to endeavour by God's grace to accommodate ourselves to that. We must never try to make the Bible bow to us, in fact we cannot, for the truths of divine revelation are as sure and fast as the throne of God. ... [Read More!]



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