DURING THE STORMS OF CHANGE:
“Hold Fast Our Confidence”!
Adult Bible Study Fall Quarter 1997
Lesson Three: “CONFIDENCE IN BIBLE STUDY!”
1. Transparency 3/1 “Confidence IS possible!” We live
in an age
where certainty about anything is questioned. This questioning
is good, but our present society says that since all is “questionable”
then there can be no absolute conclusions. The consequence of this philosophy
is that nothing is certain and no one should insist on any definites but
all should be left to determine for themselves what they should do.
1. This philosophy has a dramatic impact
upon modern Christians. All who hold a determined stand are viewed negatively.
2. 27 August 1997 The News Enterprise letters to
the editor section had a letter from a man condemning all who criticized
homosexual activities. He concluded his letter saying that “morality should
not be legislated.” (See enclosed copy)
3. In our modern times it is not wrong to question
or values. All are “fair game” and the more one can cast
doubts upon their validity, the more we are ready to equivocate the time
honored respect these have held in our culture.
4. No where else has this abolishing of time-honored
seen greater emphasis than in the religious realm. A
universal cry arises from our society saying, “No one can KNOW absolutely!
No one has the RIGHT to be legalistic! No one OUGHT to tell someone else
how to live and believe!”
5. However, the Scriptures defy this prevailing
cynicism by asserting that one CAN KNOW what is right; one CAN EXHORT others
to change; one IS OBLIGATED to speak up and address the wrongs! Cf. 1 Jn
5:13; Pr 14:12; Jer 10:23; 2 Ti 3:16-4:5; etc.
6. Christians need to find comfort in this confidence.
of lessons is designed to instill this confidence and
offer a wonderful comfort to believers. Instead of being toss aimlessly
by the cynical questioning of the world, believers can find peace, joy,
and happiness! (Ps 119:165; Ep 4:14).
7. The scope of our study is designed to examine
cynical questioning has eroded confidence.
a. Bible Study -- “How can I study so
I can KNOW what is God’s will for my life?”
b. Beliefs In Religious Practice -- “Why is it
so difficult to be confident in religious beliefs today?”
c. Religious Authority -- “What is the basis for
religious beliefs and practices? Who is really THE BOSS in
d. God -- “How does God fit into our modern religious
e. Morality -- “Is there such a thing as an ‘absolute’
right or wrong?”
f. Salvation -- “How can I KNOW for sure I am
saved? I feel I can never ‘do’ enough to please God!”
g. Worship -- “Is the way we worship really important
to God? How do our ‘traditions’ qualify as God’s laws?”
2. Transparency 3/2 “Presuppositions Of Our Series”
As we begin
this series, there needs to be an understanding of certain
presuppositions which undergird the lessons to be discussed. Although these
points face unparalleled cynicism, they have stood the scrutiny of generations
who sought to disprove them. Because the class cannot deal with these points
(due to time restraints), we state them as actual fact (their validity
has been amply demonstrated).
a. The Bible (the Old Testament and New
Testament) is God's inspired Word. Combined they are the revelation of
divine wisdom to man and the basis for man's obedience to God. As such
The Bible must be studied so we can understand God's will and obey it to
gain God's blessings.
3. Why is the believer’s confidence in peril today? What
is there that fuels the destructive fire that destroys hope and joy?
b. The Bible alone supplies God's will for man.
It is complete. There is no need for private revelations from the Holy
c. The Bible can be understood when it explains
God's will to modern man. We can KNOW what God requires from us.
d. God's will in the Bible for modern man is found
in the New
Testament. Although culture, custom, and civilization
changes, God's will is immutable and is as binding today as when it was
e. Therefore, anything that pertains to a change
in the immutable will of God is sinful. Those areas which pertain to custom,
culture, or national civilizations can and must change.
f. Therefore, God has written the Bible in such
a manner we can
discern which things should change and which things should
NEVER change! Or else, our response to God will be confused and lead to
inconsistency, despair, and inevitable ruin! If God’s will cannot be known,
then the cynicism of our day conquers and all hope is abolished! (Cf. 1
a. Spiritual immaturity and ignorance of
believers who have not
4. Transparency 3/4 Quote on “pattern” theology. Throughout
the years of religious controversy there has never been any issue discussed
that did not focus upon this simple question: "Does Scripture provide a
PATTERN for believers to obey and hence be acceptable to God?"
developed in their Faith as they should (cf. Hb 5:11ff).
Some have sought God’s salvation but failed to commit their hearts to His
will. They seek a comfortable religion that offers all of the answers while
requiring no sacrifice or involvement. This comfortable course allows them
to “practice” religion but fails to offer them a solid foundation of assurance!
(Cf. 1 Co 15:58; 2 Ti 2:14-26).
b. There are justified questions of real or perceived
cies in our practice. There are certain things that are
done that have no biblical basis. When asked for Scriptural justification
for these many become embarrassed and then allow the cynical questioning
to disallow practices that are biblical (cf. 1 Pt 3:15).
c. Ritual and formalism that has resulted when we
right way yet fail to possess the right attitudes. Many
have practiced religious acts with insensitivity. Instead of the acts expressing
devotion they have led us into a religion of ritualism that is disgusting
to God (cf. Mt 15:7ff; Jn 4:24ff; Hb 10:19ff).
d. The influence of our "changing" culture. The
our day has dramatically changed the way religious convictions
are viewed. We live in a pluralistic culture that is more pagan than Christian!
The pluralism of society has “leavened” the consecration/commitment of
believers (cf. Ro 12:1-2). Note: More will be discussed on this point in
the next lesson. Pluralism is THE cause for our lost confidence!
e. An unwillingness to discuss the reasons why and
for our religious practices -- we assume all understand
why we do what we do, yet many are ignorant. The unwillingness to explain
the "whys" is a turn-off to sincere seekers. This leads to a justified
charge of "dogmatism." Many believers really do not know why they do what
they do! Confidence result from conviction that is founded upon understanding
(cf. Ps 27:3; 2 Co 5:6-20; Ac 28:31; etc.).
f. A failure to understand the distinctiveness of
the believers in
the New Testament. Failing to recognize this we err as
ancient Israel in wanting to be as the other nations surrounding her --
we are "embarrassed" to be different (cf. 2 Co 6:14-18). There appears
to be a greater desire to assimilate into the pluralism of society than
to stand confidently apart from it! This love for the world steals the
joy of our salvation (cf. 1 Pt 1:13-24; 2:9-12).
g. A deliberate disregard for God's will (i.e. the
the revolutionary counter-culture of the 60's has now
grown up to hold an influential post). We thus see "pride" rearing its
ugly head as we seek selfishness. The “anti-establishment” radical has
always rejected self-denial. That attitude has now spread throughout society
and consequently many today refuse to submit to any authority! The general
populace lives by a practical anarchy (cf. Jud 21:25). This means
that the general attitude is one of rejection of biblical authority rather
than submission to it!
h. An ignorant pursuit of "Church Growth." We want
to do whatever we can to entice people to come. This means that we are
deceived into directing our teaching/preaching on a commercialism rather
than commitment to teach with all authority because many are unwilling
to sit and listen to God’s Truth (cf. 2 Ti 4:1-5). Believers have been
duped into keeping their confidence “silent” so they will not adversely
impact church growth by being “legalists.”
“The church on the brink of the twenty-first century stands
at a pivotal moment in history. As Christians who live on the cutting edge
of a brave new world, we must stretch our thinking like never before. Tired
rhetoric will no longer win the day; nor dead traditionalism; not an enthusiastic
infusion of the world’s standards. ‘Back to the Bible’ is still the right
call, and back to the God of the Bible an even greater challenge -- especially
for the cultural church” (F. LaGuard Smith, The Cultural Church: Winds
of change and the call for a “new hermeneutic. Nashville, TN: 20th Century
Christian, 1992, 22).
a. This question is the "heart" of the
matter. Possessing a “pattern” of the correct task, provides one
with supreme confidence.
5. Transparency 3/5 “Two Thoughts In Conflict” The question
b. If the Scripture provides God's "pattern" for
us to follow, we
have the ultimate confidence that THIS is exactly how
God wants us to obey Him. We may not "like" the pattern, but unless we
follow that pattern we will not be pleasing to God!
c. If Scripture does not provide a "pattern" for
us to follow we
are free to obey God however we choose. But if the Scripture
is not a "pattern" for us to follow, what is it? How are we to know God's
will for our lives?
"pattern authority" is actually the consequence of our
philosophical choices. There are two basic philosophies regarding Scripture
-- it either provides a reasoned, consistent, logical standard that is
objective and must be obeyed, OR it provides a "general guideline" of abstract
instructions that are fluid, ever-changing. One philosophy provides
stability (confidence), the other is whimsical. One provides hope while
the other provides hopelessness!
a. Many today are challenging the philosophy
which views Scrip-
6. As one observes this contrast between philosophical ideas
ture as an objective pattern. “Rigid patternism ... is
directly contrary to Scripture” (Quote of Randy Fenter, IMAGE, Aug. 1989,
pp. 9,10,31, Sept. 1989 pp. 8-11 used by J.D. Thomas, Harmonizing Hermeneutics,
Nashville, TN: The Gospel Advocate., Co., 1991, p. 37). Why will one oppose
the biblical patterns?
1) They oppose "reason" in favor of irrationalism
2) They seek to offer us a "new" approach, a "new"
beginning point, a "new" spiritual emphasis on communion, baptism,
and Church membership.
3) They view Scripture not as a "blueprint, or
rule book, or constitution but as a special "narrative" with an accent
on the historical and cultural.
4) They tell us that God's will can be known better
by reading the "core" facts rather than by a pattern authority derived
through reasoning and study.
5) The final analysis is that there are absolutely
practices (examples) in the New Testament that provide
a "pattern" for us to follow today! They contend that there is no practice,
example, behavior of the early Church binding on modern saints! Therefore,
one can practice religious actions within the structure they choose. However
this conclusion erases all confidence from those practicing their Faith
for they have no certainty that what they are doing is correct.
b. The "pattern authority" of Scripture is clearly
upheld. As such
its "patterns" (examples, practices) must be followed
even in our "modern" times.
1) Transparency 3/6 “Pattern In The Bible”
Goebel Music, Behold The Pattern, p. 38ff, lists the practical meaning
of the Greek term TUPOS. The Greek term is translated as "pattern, type,
or example" in the Scripture. Notice how Bible scholars have consistently
viewed this term and thus reveal that it does communicate a binding duty
a) The teaching which embodies the sum
and substance of religion and represents it to the mind.
b) The pattern in conformity to which a thing must
c) Pattern of reading.
d) An example to be imitated, a model, a pattern.
e) A formula, a scheme, a form and a pattern.
f) It is used both in a "moral sense" and in a
g) The original pattern, model, mold, type, figure,
a system, a form of doctrine.
h) The gospel is the mold; those who are obedient
to its teachings become conformed to Christ.
I) The singular looks at the church as a whole,
the plural as individuals.
j) A pattern, of faith, expressed in sound words.
k) The ideal or pattern presented by the gospel.
l) A fact of spiritual truth.
m) Christian teaching as a mold and norm.
n) Both the term and the context says it is a model
which makes an impress because it is molded by God.
o) Form of doctrine, form of teaching.
p) In context, the teaching can be described as
the model and norm which shapes the whole personal conduct of
the one who is delivered up to it and has become obedient thereto.
q) An example to be copied.
2) Brother Music's exhaustive study revealed
these facts show
that a "pattern authority" is found in Scripture and
is thus binding on believers today (Music, p. 46-73). Transparency 3/7
“A Pattern Authority Is Found In Scripture!”
a) In the Old Testament we find "pattern authority."
1) "According to" obligated pattern authority
6:22; 7:5; Ex 31:1; 32:28; 1 Ki 17:1,5,15, 16; 2 Ki 5:14;
etc.). "Is it imperative, I mean is it obligatory, mandatory and
magisterial that 'I' do exactly, precisely, to the letter, word for word,
line fir line, yea, perfectly, 'according to' what 'is written'?" (Music,
p. 53; cf. Jere 11:1-4; 42:20-22).
2) It was "according to" that Noah's ark was built.
Noah had a "pattern" (Gn 6:22).
3) It was "according to" that Moses molded the
nacle (Ex 25:8,9,40). Moses had a pattern and he followed
it (Ex 40:16; Hb 8:5).
4) It was "according to" that the Temple was built
(1 Chron 28:11-12,13-18; 28:20).
5) According to a pattern of "action" Jericho
fell (Josh 6:3). Following this pattern brought reward (Hb
6) According to a "pattern of authority" Naaman
was healed (2 Ki 5:1-14). Note: The validity of the OT examples
is applicable to Christians (Ro 15:4).
b) In the New Testament we find "pattern authority."
1) "According to" is found about 127 times.
The New Testament authors approved of pattern authority and
c) The New Testament provides the "pattern authority"
which all today are obligated to follow.
2) "According to" is still the pattern (Ac 3:22;
Ro 16:25; 1 Co 3:10; 2 Co 13:10; Ep 3:10-11; 1 Ti 6:3; etc.).
3) What can we learn from this "pattern authority"
of the New Testament? Brother Music lists 21 conclusions (p.
65-66). Read his list.
1) It is absurd to think God gave a pattern
for those in the Old Testament and New Testament days to follow
but does not expect us to follow a "pattern." Would He leave us without
patterns for obedience? (Music, p. 67a).
3) Hence, the conclusion is simple -- God has revealed
2) The obligatory "pattern" of the New Testament
for modern man is found in these points. Transparency 3/8 “The Obligatory
Pattern Of The Bible Applies To All!”
a) There is a "way" we must walk in order
to please God (2 Co 5:7; Ro 10:17).
b) There is a point to which we cannot go beyond
and please God (1 Co 4:6; Jn 12:48).
c) There is a warning abt what has been written
(2 Jn 9-11; Gal 1:6-8; Rv 22:18-19).
d) There is a New Testament to follow (Hb 9:15-17;
e) There is a standard which pronounces some "false
teachers" (Ro 16:17; 1 Jn 4:1).
f) There is the need to "prove" what is "right"
(Col 3:17; 2 Ti 2:2; Jn 8:29; 1 Jn 3:22).
g) There is but "one" right way (Mt 7:13-14; Jn
14:6; Jere 6:16; 10:23; Ps 119:9)
pattern for us to follow and this will rule and guide
us in doing what God has commanded. When we do exactly what God commands
then we will have confidence and comfort in the Scriptures! (Cf. Ro 15:4).
their bearing on how Scripture applies, it is hard to
understand why some will contend that there is no "obligatory pattern"
for man to follow. Such will only lead to despair and religious anarchy.
Who will decide what is the "best" way to follow God if "pattern authority"
is eliminated? Ultimately it will be up to "self" to decide!
7. Transparency 3/9 “The Pattern Problem” The validity
ture being the authority and viable pattern for our obedience
results from considering the "pattern problem."
a. Basically - "Are WE (in modern times)
bound to follow the practices, examples, teachings, and activities
of the New Testament Church in order to please God?"
b. Implications if this "pattern authority" is correct:
1) We must do exactly as they did in the
2) We will not be saved if we do not do exactly.
3) If one teaches that the pattern of the New Testament
is not necessary, s/he is teaching error.
8. Transparency 3/10 “Only Two Alternatives”
As "pattern author- ity” is discussed we see there are only two real alternatives
a. We will reject the "patterns" of the
New Testament and accept the confused suggestions of our ever-changing
cul- ture. In so doing we will accept a position that . . .
9. Transparency 3/11 “Book, Chapter, And Verse Hermeneutic!”
1) Rejects any reasoned response to God's
2) Fails to classify what we must do to be saved
(no specifics are ever given).
3) Repudiates the need for facts, ridicules the
logic of factual reasoning, and trusts in emotions (Read Smith, The
Cultural Church, p. 42).
4) Does not present a concise statement of what
is sought. We will follow an "existential, subjective, nebulous,
com- pletely unstructured and unsystematic" program (Thomas,
Harmonizing Hermeneutics, p. 81).
5) Encourages a utilitarian religious ethic that
asks, "What works?" and permits anything and destroys all that pre-
vents excess and sin (Cite Smith's 2 examples, p. 80-81 as he uses
this utilitarian ethic to ask, “What will keep our Youth?”
“What will keep our women?”).
6) Undermines the authority of Scripture in all
areas. “When you undermine the authority of Scripture in order to
re- solve any one particular doctrinal issue, you undermine it
on every front, whether it be ‘secondary’ matters like the work and
worship of the church, or even the ‘core mes- sage’ of the gospel.
Credibility has its own ‘domino effect’” (Smith p. 88a, The Cultural
Church. See p. 89 last paragraph).
7) Denies that any objective "Truth" is possible.
a. We will accept that the "pattern" of the New
Testament is ap- plicable and that this inspired “pattern” is the
ONLY means by which our confidence can stand secure.
1) We recognize that some "patterns" are
not authoritative but others are. We know that certain matters are
not ad- dressed with pattern, but others are and we have a divine
2) We will use New Testament patterns to keep us
from com- promising divine principles and living so as to impact
3) We will know that the Scriptures speak to man
today. The current issues may not be specifically addressed but there
will be principles in the patterns to help us know.
4) We will remain confident in the face of chaos
because the New Testament "pattern authority" gives us a solid founda-
tion for our faith.
Consider how the pattern of “book, chapter, and verse”
biblical patterns offer believers great confidence. This is the "old method
that has characterized churches of Christ for decades. It calls upon specific
"book, chapter, and verse" for mandates in worship and practice. If such
can be provided it is suggested there is no option but compliance. This
method historically leans upon a study of the Scriptures utilizing reason/logic.
From the study of various texts one finds biblical authority for Christian
work and worship under three general categories -- direct commands, approved
examples, and necessary inferences. Any work/belief/practice that is not
supported by this formula is left as a matter of opinion. Any work/belief/practice
that conflicts with Scriptural conclusion based upon this formula is regarded
as "unauthorized" and "going beyond" approved Scriptural limits.
Transparency 3/12 “Admirable Qualities Of This ‘Old Formula’”
There are a number of admirable qualities regarding this "old hermeneutic"
that deserves mentioning.
a. It upholds the integrity of Scripture
to be our final authority in religious issues.
Transparency 3/13 “Some Failings Of The ‘Old Method’” There
are some failings of the "old hermeneutic." These urge caution in its application
b. It has historical validity as a method that is
in discerning God's will. It has historical validity
as a method used by other religious groups as they sought to follow only
God's will (See Smith p. 43). Thus it is not "exclusively church of Christ
c. It focuses upon an objective standard (the written
Word) rather than upon a subjective basis (feelings, intuition,
emotions) or a fluid standard (cultural norms).
d. It engenders a confident respect for the written
Word as an inspired revelation from God that is adequate in giving
all directions/guidance to our spiritual lives.
e. It is void of a creedial confession or doctrinal
dogma for it
calls for a fresh investigation of Scripture without
prior conclusions. It thus calls us to "freedom" from man's creeds. It
forces us to examine all beliefs/practices/doctrines with Scripture. Thus
we should find freedom from traditional bonds!
f. It focuses upon "patterns" in The Scripture as
guidelines (blue- prints) for conforming to God's Will.
a. It has been used to decide the outward
forms (i.e. organization of the Church, acts of worship, obedience required,
etc.) and failed to apply Scripture to holiness of character. It
has been used to stress models of outward conformity rather than
models of holy sanctification.
CONCLUDING THOUGHT: Regardless of the criticism, the "old
hermeneutic" is the one method that is best able to lead us to an understanding
of God's will. It is not perfect. It is not complete. It is not all-inclusive
in its ability. But, it is the one method which upholds Scriptural authority
and mandates biblical practices. Smith's observation is quite accurate
b. It has become "stale" in its application and
consequently we bondage to "traditional" views instead of the liberty/freedom
of honest study.
c. It has limited our concepts and teaching regarding
discipleship and servanthood because we have stressed doctrinal measures
that must be maintained to the exclusion of "heart" matters as consecration
d. It has been stressed as the exclusive formula
for Scripture interpretation, thus frowning upon other viable/legitimate
e. It has been used as a "battering ram" to coerce
rather than a
"light house" to guide people to the Truth. We have seen
it relentlessly used to back people into a corner and they have chosen
error as an alternative to "legalism." Instead we should utilize it to
explain the beauty of understanding and knowing God's will.
f. Its use has led some to view our teaching/preaching
a greater emphasis upon Acts/Eps rather than the Gospels.
The stress upon worship and church organization appears to some that we
have relegated the Gospels to a "secondary" category.
g. Some claim it led to the unwise and abusive practice
of-texting." In this procedure a few selected verses
are "taken from context" and used to support "our traditional views." Those
thus objecting to the "old hermeneutic" view any proof-texting as a "narrow,
legalistic, argumentative presentation of traditional doctrine." It is
important to note that the practice of proof-texting is NOT wrong. In fact
it was utilized by our Lord!
10. With what then are we left as to the method/formula
erstanding God's Word in our modern age? How can we come
to a CONFIDENT assurance of what the Bible teaches?
a. Transparency 3/14 “A Suggested Study
Perspective” Let me
10. Transparency 3/15 “Questions To Ponder As We Strive To
suggest that a proper understanding will occur if we
take the useful elements of acceptable methods and utilize them in our
study of Holy Scripture.
b. Such a study perspective will include:
1) A firm understanding and conviction
of Scripture's inspira- tion.
2) An understanding of historical circumstances
surrounding the text.
3) A rigorous exercise applying all available technology
and knowledge regarding the grammar, syntax, and accom- panying
4) A thorough "fact finding" investigation where
bility is researched and considered. "Truly objective
and fair scholarship calls for listing all the possible alternatives to
each decision, then fairly trying each in the context, without bias or
undue dependence on one's own traditional background."
5) A penchant for consistent application of one's
findings so that each part compliments the whole!
6) A comparative research of one's findings with
others who have studied the text. This will involve the use of commen-
taries, research papers, and journals.
7) A willingness to yield one's conclusions to
the weight of Truth's consistency once studied conclusions are reached.
One must thus guard against personal bias preventing the acceptance
of biblically established conclusions from being followed and enjoined!
Understand God’s Will For Us” In applying these
criteria to biblical study we will arrive at an understanding of how Scripture
applies to our lives. This application will be conclusive because it is
based upon a reasoned study and guarded from relativism and subjective
bias. We will come to obey God's commands as we ask these significant and
revealing questions about the text.
11. Transparency 3/16 “What Do You Do With Examples In The
a. What is the original purpose of the text?
This will reveal
what the Scriptures meant to their original audience.
(Cite Smith p. 153b,154)
b. How does this text impact our present situation
in life? This
is the realm where we discern which commands are applicable
to modern man. All "commands" in Scripture are not equal for some are restricted
to a group, culture, or city while others are universal in scope. The "key"
to deciding which falls into which category is to determine the guiding
"principle" of each. This will eliminate the confusion of some (i.e. holy
kiss, veils, etc.). Looking for "principles" elevates our obedience
from mere formalism to a matter of the heart (Jere 31:31-34). This does
not eliminate the force of specific biblical commands, but it assures us
that we will obey the command from the "heart" rather than from mere form.
1) Notice Smith's examples, p. 159
2) In obeying the command via understanding of
the prin- ciple behind it one will be motivated to greater devotion
c. Does the text in question present us w/an
example that is
authoritative? Is a precedent setting event documented
by the text? In establishing an example of the NT as a "binding" practice/belief/doctrine,
the following are critical (cf. Smith 166-167).
1) Does it present justifiable reliance
for man today? It must
have some rule/principle for behavior today. If some
spiritual law is already fixed this issue is decided (i.e. partaking the
Lord's Supper every Sunday).
2) Does it have universal application? If a practice
it is unlikely that it is a precedent for us today (i.e.
Paul's vow and the shaving of his head).
3) Does it represent stability over time. Practices
that have re-
cent beginnings are suspect. Practices that were accepted
in one area but rejected in another are suspect (i.e. mechanical music).
4) Does it lack clear precedents in Scripture?
If it is not sup- ported, it is suspect.
5) Does it present a coherent, consistent teaching?
If it leads to an inconsistent belief/practice/doctrine it cannot
Text?” The issue of whether New Testament practices (examples)
are binding is addressed by noting they can be divided into four basic
a. Accept both the practice and the principle
b. Reject the practice, but retain the principle
(i.e. foot wash- ing).
c. Adapt a practice in order to preserve a principle
(i.e. meeting at midnight to partake Communion).
d. Reject both the practice and the principle because
of some overriding reason (i.e. miraculous spiritual gifts).
12. Concluding Summary -- Go back to Transparency
dence Is Possible!" The answer is a resounding "Yes!"
(cf. Ep 3:1-5). Can all understand the Bible alike? Again the answer
is an unequivocal "Yes!" God wants us to know His will and that is very
possible when we select a hermeneutic that will exalt the authority of
Scripture, de-emphasize subjectiveness and relativism in application. The
"old hermeneutic" is still the best way to "know" God's will when it is
applied consistently and without bias! The "new hermeneutic," that advocates
a fluid philosophy in religious beliefs/practices, is alluring but it must
be recognized as an invitation to compromise.
a. It proposes some positive factors (see
Thomas, p. 79).
b. It subtly brings in grave problems.
1) Changing reason for feelings as the
director of our faith
c. There is thus no real "choice"; no real option.
The "new" seeks
(Bill Love, The Core Gospel: On Restoring The Crux Of
The Matter, Abilene, TX; ACU Press, 1992, p. 79ff presents the “change
philosophy” that advocates casting aside the book, chapter, and verse patterns;
cf. Thomas p. 27,12).
2) Contends that we must place our imagination
level w/studied facts (Love, p. 75,78,80).
3) Allows the culture of the 20th Century to interpret
ture of the first Century (i.e. Political Correctness,
Fairness, Equality of gender roles, concepts of authority, personal rights
to choose, etc.).
to reconstruct "Truth" and thus destroy biblical authority
and ultimately replaces Inspiration with "story" and then "myth."
d. The tragic end is forewarned by Scripture --
Ep 4:14,15; 1 Ti 4:1-2; 2 Ti 4:1-4.
The following is the Text used in the Overhead
Is “Confidence” Possible?
Presuppositions Of The Series
The Bible IS Inspired!
The Bible IS Sufficient!
The Bible IS Understandable!
The Bible IS Complete!
The Bible IS Immutable!
Man has the ability to discern!
Why Is Confidence Absent?
Stubbornness To Discuss
God’s Distinctiveness Is Lost
Scriptures Are Rejected
Unwise Pursuit Of “Growth”
Does Scripture provide a “pattern” for believers
to obey and be acceptable to God?
Two Thoughts In Conflict
Scripture DOES NOT present an objective “pattern” for
Scripture DOES present “patterns” and man must follow
then to be
“PATTERN” In The Bible
The most common word is TUPOS which refers to form, example,
pattern, etc. Its usage includes these concepts:
Pattern of teaching
Imitation of model,
system, form of
A pattern of faith; the idea presented by the gospel
An example to be copied
Some Failings Of The “Old” Method
Some object to the old” method by charging it with these
Outward not inward focus
Is “stale” application
Limited servanthood stress
Exclusive study formula
Used to coerce
More stress upon Acts/Eps than the Gospels
Led to “unwise use of proof-texting”
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