Should people disregard Bible experts and go it alone?

“God is capable of accurately relaying His Word to us in a way that we can understand. It is crucial that we interpret properly to determine the intended meaning rather than forcing ideas into the text.”

Not that long ago I was listening to a pastor I like quite a bit say Christians can lose their salvation and back that assertion up with Scripture.

Further, he said that people should disregard Bible experts entirely and look at Scripture itself to figure out it’s intended meaning.

I’m not, by any means, saying that reading the Word without the aid of commentaries, a good concordance, Bible dictionaries, etc. is a bad thing at all, we should all do it, and do it often.

I do believe however, that people, given their sin nature, can and will, often without even realizing it, force their own ideas into the text and that is dangerous.

*As far as Christians losing their salvation goes, it was just an example to make a point about interpretation, nothing else. If you want to know my thoughts on it however, I wrote about it here.



Categories: Christianity

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  1. Reblogged this on a simple man of God.

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  2. I agree that reading the words for ourself is the best place to start and that we should do that and pray for proper enlightenment of what we read. On the other hand, good commentaries to give us other background are invaluable, for the historical, cultural, and linguistic background. It seems a bit arrogant to say that only knowledge gleaned by our own minds is valid. Many criticize systematic theology, claiming it is only people trying for force predetermined conclusions on the Word. On the other hand, with no systematic thought process to understand Scripture as a total package, folks can end up with some strange mish mashes of theology that are worse!

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