Category Archives: Theology

Can I Trust the Word of God?

Why is the doctrine of inerrancy so important?

Affirming the inerrancy of scripture is very significant. There would be many probelms arise if it were not for the Bibles inerrancy. If there were errors, Grudem puts it, “We begin to wonder if we can really trust Go in anything He says.” What parts are true. A sense of doubt would arise in every passage, I wonder if this is accurate. If I had recently purchased four new tires and one of the malfunctioned I wouldn’t trust any of them. I would go back and all new tires. There might not be anything wrong with the other three tires, I simply would not trust them. This would go the same way when it comes to trusting God and anything He might have to say.

Another reason it is so important. We would be claiming to know more than God does. First off why would we want to serve a God that we are superior to intellectually, and secondly who are we to think we know better than God? This way of thinking is sinful.

The doctrine of innerancy is vitally important. If the word of God is the foundation on which our faith is built upon, we shouldn’t have to figure out where to stand, we must embrace the entire word of God as our rock. We see this spelled out in 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” That verse clearly state “all” scripture is breathed out by God and profitable. If we accurately read what the scripture was intended to say it will not fail us.

I’ll have an order of Christianity hold the religion.

When I hear the word religion, I automatically think of the Pharisees. Jesus spoke very boldly to them. Matthew 23:27-28″Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (ESV) 

The Pharisees were very religious. They were all talk and no show. There are so many “so-called” Christians that would fall into this category. They are religious, but what does that mean? Is that a bad thing? To be labeled as religious? We tell our agnostic, atheist, genius friends that Christianity is not a religion. Maybe you’ve seen the “Why I hate religion, But Love Jesus.” I would have once said that, but is it accurate?

I was listening to Dr. Chad Brand from Southern Seminary, he said that Christianity is indeed a religion, because of it’s structure and organization. So why is there a struggle if both are true. Well scripture has a great answer. God defines religion quiet nicely. We see it in James 1:26-27 “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” What sets Christianity from all other religions? There are many things, mainly Jesus and his resurrection. But James describes that our religion, if we chose to use that word, should be “pure.”

What are your thoughts?

I’ll have an order of Christianity hold the religion.

When I hear the word religion, I automatically think of the Pharisees. Jesus spoke very boldly to them. Matthew 23:27-28″Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (ESV)

The Pharisees were very religious. They were all talk and no show. There are so many “so-called” Christians that would fall into this category. They are religious, but what does that mean? Is that a bad thing? To be labeled as religious? We tell our agnostic, atheist, genius friends that Christianity is not a religion. I would have once said that, but is it accurate?

Dr. Chad Brand made a great point in class, that Christianity is indeed a religion, because of it’s structure and organization. So why is there a struggle if both are true. Well scripture has a great answer. God defines religion quiet nicely. We see it in James 1:26-27 “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” What sets Christianity from all other religions? There are many things, mainly Jesus and his resurrection. But James describes that our religion, if we chose to use that word, should be “pure.”

God Revealed

What is general revelation?

General revelation is general revelation of God. The beauty of sunrises and sunsets, the majesty of oceans, the magnificence of overpowering mountains down to the delicacy of the flowers and even the complexity of the human body. All of these things point to and reveal things about God and who he is. This revelation has left no one without excuse. We see this clearly in the Book of Romans.

Romans 1:19-23 “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things .” (ESV)

I am convinced atheists know there is a God; agnostics know there is a God deep down. Scripture clearly states that they are without excuse, but because they have rejected his goodness and instead of worshiping Him they worshiped His creation. Their hearts became darkened because of their pride.

This revelation is obvious however it is not salvific. Paul shares with us in Romans 10:14  “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” It is clear and urgent that the Gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be proclaimed.

 

Holy Says It All: Guest Post

by Justin Browning

Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” Isa. 6:3

The root meaning of holy is “to cut or separate.”  Essentially, anything considered holy is cut off from and separated from common use. Using this perspective, material things and individuals are holy as they are distinct from the common world and devoted to God.   The Bible speaks of the following in respect to this word:

Holy Ground (Exodus 3:5)                                   Holy Men (2 Per. 1:21)

Holy Assemblies (Exodus 12:16)                         Holy Women (1 Pet. 3:5)

Holy Sabbaths (Exodus 16:23)                            Holy Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:15)

A Holy Nation (Exodus 19:6)                               Holy Hands (1 Tim. 2:8)

Holy garments (Exodus 28:2)                              Holy Kiss (Rms. 16:16)

A Holy City (Nehemiah 11:1)                              Holy Faith (Jude 20)

Holy Promises (Psalm 105:42)

As John Piper puts it, “almost anything can become holy if it is separated from the common and devoted to God.” * But when you consider this definition as it relates to God, something very unique happens.  What can you separate God from to MAKE Him holy?  The very qualities that characterize Him in being God means that He exists separate from anything that is not God!  There is an infinite difference between He, the Creator of All and all of His creation.  God is, in His very existence, totally one of a kind.  He is in a league of His own.  He is in a class by Himself.  It is in that sense that we say God is utterly, completely, authentically holy! Stay with me here:  If the holiness of man is derived from being separated from common things and devoted God, from what is God separated and devoted?  The answer:  It can only be God Himself!  There is no higher purpose, no greater reality, no more a noble course or cause than that of His.  He is ultimate; therefore, He is the One to which He must conform and be devoted to.  See what He says of Himself.

Samuel 2:2 “There is none holy like the Lord, there is none besides thee.”

Isaiah 40:25 “To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.”

Hosea 11:9 “I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst.”

In summation, God is holy due to the fact that He is God and not any created thing.  He truly is incomparable and completely unique.  This holiness of His determines all that He is and all that He does, and characterizes who/what He is as God that no one else will ever be.  We can call it His holiness, His majesty, His greatest, His expanse, and many other things.  But as our limited language runs out of words to give us a glimpse into who our God is, HOLY SAYS IT ALL!

*From John Piper “Holy Is the Lord of Hosts” (1/1/84)

-Justin Browning