Author: bigtalkinghead

DOES IT MATTER?

DOES IT MATTER?

What is the foundation of a sound, lasting Christian faith? The Lord prayed on the night He was betrayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17 NASB). As central and important as all the means of grace God has given His people are, it is clearly His intention that the Spirit … Continue reading DOES IT MATTER?

All Scripture is God-breathed

All Scripture is God-breathed

One of the clearest expressions of the Bible’s view of itself is found in 2 Peter 1:21: “No prophecy ever came from the human will, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”2 The origin of Scripture is God; the means of expression is human language. Yet, even in … Continue reading All Scripture is God-breathed

CAREFULLY DEFINING THE ISSUES

CAREFULLY DEFINING THE ISSUES

There is no question that Christians have attributed things to the Bible that it never attributes to itself. Ignorance of the Bible’s authors, its historical context, languages, canon, and overall purpose has led to all sorts of odd claims about the Bible down through church history. Claims that the Bible is a handbook to nuclear … Continue reading CAREFULLY DEFINING THE ISSUES

Western Christians

Western Christians

Western Christians have little connection with history. Events of thirty years ago are easily forgotten and generally considered irrelevant to “today.” So it is not surprising that most evangelicals are blissfully ignorant of a vitally important document on the topic of inerrancy produced by leading evangelical scholars. The Chicago Statement on Inerrancy, first published in … Continue reading Western Christians

The Infallibility of Apostolic Tradition

The Infallibility of Apostolic Tradition

The Council of Trent emphatically proclaimed that the Bible alone is not sufficient for faith and morals. God has ordained tradition in addition to the Bible to faithfully guide the church. Infallible guidance in interpreting the Bible comes from the church. One of the criteria used to determine this is the “unanimous consent of the … Continue reading The Infallibility of Apostolic Tradition

Jesus and Pharisees

Jesus and Pharisees

Jesus, in a familiar scene, is confronted by the Pharisees: “Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the … Continue reading Jesus and Pharisees

Freedom Use It Wisely

Freedom Use It Wisely

The same Peter who courageously stood up for the gospel in the Book of Acts tells us in his first epistle that in this world we are “aliens and exiles,” and that we ought to “conduct [ourselves] honorably among the Gentiles [i.e., unbelievers], so that, though they malign [us] as evildoers, they may see [our] … Continue reading Freedom Use It Wisely