Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Conservative, Fundamentalist, and Pomos.

Greg Linscott over at the Sharper Iron blog, posts a good reminder article penned by Scott Bennion on the extreme importance of proper biblical interpretation.

I have always thought it amazing that Christians who are conservative and fundamental in their overall convictions and approach to scripture, instantly become post moderns when they attempt to interpret scripture. I can't recall how many times I have attended a Bible study or Sunday school class as a young man where the teacher employed a relativistic "swing and miss" principle of biblical interpretation. Folks are told to open their Bibles to such and such a verse, the passage is read, the teacher gives his thoughts, and then he opens it up to everyone else in the circle to tell us all what each person thinks the passage means to him or her. There could be 12 people in the group, each with his or her own take on the passage and each is considered genuine because, "that's what it means to me." Usually a person's interpretative process disconnects and breaks down when he is attempting to defend some pet conviction or to justify some wacky "sign" the person believes is God giving direction.

Paul was clear with Timothy, "...rightly dividing the word of truth." It is sinful for any man naming Christ to mishandle and abuse God's word. Applying proper interpretation is a necessity.

Greg Koukl has an excellent essay providing further exhortation in this area of discipline:

Never Read A Bible Verse


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