The Christian and the Bible, Part 1: Introduction and Foundation

There is no more cruel stroke of the wrath of God than when He sends a famine of hearing His words. – Martin Luther

A well-known pastor recently told his audience we shouldn’t be saying “The Bible says…” anymore.

Oh, when it blew up on the internet he did a sort of hemming and hawing backtrack, which really wasn’t backtracking what he said as much as it was an attempted justification. The fact of the matter is this particular pastor doesn’t seek to “preach the word” as Paul exhorted Timothy (1 Tim 4:2) as much as he preaches ideas, using Scripture to support what he wants to say.

But lest I pick on Andy Stanley, this post isn’t really about him, but the condition of the church as it relates to how we view and use the Bible — in corporate worship, in private devotions, in personal application.

We nod our heads and say “Amen” to the statement, “For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name” (Ps 138:2), but in reality we more closely resemble the condition of those to whom the prophet spoke the words of the LORD, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. . . . you have forgotten the law of your God” (Hos 4:6).

This indictment on the church has only become a heavier burden upon my heart, and thus a focal point of my pastoral ministry, but I see both in my own church and the church at large people who are starving for the word of God, and they don’t even realize it. No matter how much I say it or how much it’s said, those who don’t get it don’t get that they don’t get it. Continue reading “The Christian and the Bible, Part 1: Introduction and Foundation”

Happy to be a young earther

Dr. Jim Hamilton is happy to be a young earther, and so am I. He posts three reasons to think that the earth is not old, as in millions or billions of years, but young, as in thousands of years. Ultimately it comes down to how one views Scripture. And while Hamilton admits there may be things he doesn’t fully understand, when it comes down to it he wants “to interpret science and archeology from the biblical text rather than re-interpreting the biblical text in light of science and archeology.”

To this I give a big “AMEN!” It is painful to see so many theologians I respect capitulate to the scientific community on this issue, whether than simply letting the God-breathed text speak. Theories that accompany the old earth argument never fail to introduce whole hosts of irreconcilable theological problems which, quite frankly, are bigger problems than trying to lose face with the academy.

You can and should read Hamilton’s three reasons here.