It's Time for a Courageous Word from the Pulpit



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a misdirected lament

Whether most folks in the pews (or their pastors, for that matter) know whether a given text's author was Moses, David, or Paul or not isn't a huge deal. What's paramount is that they know that these texts are not of mere human origin. Any approach to scriptural authorship that excludes the superintendency of the Holy Spirit over the writing, reading, and hearing of the texts is woefully deficient.

Contextually, 2 Timothy 3:16 (All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, etc.) immediately follows Paul's (or not-Paul's) warning about false teachers with a form of godliness without the power thereof. Whether the pen was in the hands of Paul, Paul's associate, or someone else styling him/herself as Paul is immaterial... the point is that human words expressing human personality conveyed a message overseen by the hand of God. We may argue about the specific particularities of the exact nature of God's superintendency, but what is inarguable is THAT God superintended the authoring and is still active in our receiving the same text today.

John more than 2 years ago


I think its much more likely that the people who decide to pursue theological degrees are more liberal to begin with. Not that going to seminary doesn't increase that "liberalness".

And there's no doubt that being a preacher requires you to tend the actual sheep, not some imaginary group of sheep that you would prefer more.

Anonymous more than 2 years ago

The quadrilateral doesn't overrule the Bible

Well-said, as in many areas of advanced academia, liberals tend to be drawn to deeper and broader research and analysis, which for science is good; but biblically it increases the risk of finding one's biblical confidence undermined. In the UMC one can also become distracted by the Quadrilateral: "use reason, tradition and experience to test passages of Scripture". How sad it is that learned clergy will accept any excuse to question scripture - and then grow in their arrogance toward those of us who try to resist that temptation.

David more than 2 years ago

Why the UMC is in such bad shape doctrinally...

When our seminaries are teaching heresy as you discuss here, no wonder that our clergy are doctrinally confused and promoting un-biblical views. Seriously, if you aren't grounded enough in Biblical history to see through and counter the problems inherent in the documentary hypothesis (i.e., JEPD theory), then you probably shouldn't be a pastor or a seminary professor. Have you ever seriously read or looked into the critiques of this foundation of liberal theology? Just the shear number of people that would have had to be involved in the conspiracy underlying the documentary hypothesis over many centuries makes it highly suspect even as a theory.

Paul W. more than 2 years ago