Today's New Theology and the Bible
began way back with the philosophers—Kant who denied the
absolutes of Scripture, and Hegel who denied that we could come to any
conclusions but that rather everything was relative in our thinking. These men set the scene for the modern
Their concepts found expression
in the teachings of Darwin, Marx, Freud, and Dewey, as well as many
The concepts of rationalism which were applied to the Bible
that brought about the question and the doubt that we could know
anything about what God thinks finally brought man to a position where he just
didn’t know anything.
Everything became pointless
and profitless to pursue.
Kierkegaard who brought this concept of frustration and nothingness
The theology of
found its final expression in the writings of Karl Barth in the
What I want
to do this morning is to bring you right down to our current scene
today as to
what the people who move in college circles, the people who move in
fields of life, educated people, the news media, the doctrines, the
the opinions which they have conveyed to people in one way or another,
you will be right up to date now on the scene as it exists this morning.
attempt to establish biblical authority in
spiritual matters was the effort that Karl Barth brought about after
realized that it had no authority with people.
to go back to the Bible.
However, he still
viewed the Bible from the frame of reference of the
higher critics—that it was a humanly produced book filled
with errors and
therefore in itself and what it said was not a reliable book. The
attempt however has proceeded to abandon
both biblical and natural theology, and to create what is called a
the scene in which we
move today—the new theology.
Doctrines of Demons
I think you will recognize, and I must remind you
constantly, that all of this that we have been talking about is what
refers to as Satan’s doctrine of demons.
It simply comes
in one form or another.
Liberalism is as
much Satan’s viewpoint today as it ever was.
is the natural product of the old sin
nature controlled mentality.
rejecters of the Bible as God’s Word, no matter how
intellectual they are, had
nothing new to offer today concerning spiritual understanding.
that’s what all these men attempted to do. From
Kant and Hagel right on down the line
they were all going to give us greater spiritual understanding. Instead
they led people into increasingly
These men, have
doubt about it, have nothing for us. It
is a false hope to look to liberal theologians for spiritual guidance. As
a matter of fact, it is comparatively
pointless except as an academic exercise to even study their writings. It
is pointless to read these writings with
the hope that you are going to learn something about spiritual things. The
only value that it certainly has is to
show you how dumb intellectual men can be—just how really
dumb men with high
IQs can be.
To read their
you understand the Word of God and what the Bible teaches, will show
stark contrast how pathetic is the product of these men once they cut
themselves loose and say that the Bible has not spoken to us from God. What
the Bible says is not absolute
When the Bible
has spoken, everything
else is settled.
They are big men. They
have great intellects.
They have great
reputations, but I want to
make it very pointed and clear and get across to you, especially you
kids, lest you be inadvertently enamored with the suaveness and the
sophistication and the intellectual aura that resides in these men. This
is why I have said many times to you
If you attend a
secular university, you must understand that the moment you walk onto
campus, you have walked onto the most ignorant place on the face of
relative to spiritual things.
If you do
not walk onto a secular campus with that understanding, you may get
hurt for all eternity because these men have demonstrated now from the
century to the 19th
century and to the 20th
they have absolutely nothing to offer.
It is pathetic
when you read their writings and match them up to the
brilliant refreshing qualities to be found in the Word of God, and a
who accepts it as such.
main goal, as ever, is to draw people together in
order to promote his cause.
are part of Satan’s system to draw people together in some
way to serve his
The drawing is
on in our day.
Satan will belittle God’s point of view.
He will belittle
the propositions of God’s truth. He
will tolerate anything about himself, and
you may not have understood this—we’re going to
talk about this a little more
He will tolerate
expose’ of himself providing he can preserve one thing, and
that is, in our
day, the drawing together of people around an emotional base. This
is what Satan is doing in the tongues
today is undoubtedly his trump card if he ever had one.
you keep your eyes open, you will be
fascinated by how much Satan will tolerate against himself providing he
preserve an emotional core of activity in people to draw them together. That’s
why the great denominations who listen
to Kant and Hagel and Kierkegaard and Karl Barth and right down the
darkness, this is why these groups are now drawing together. They’re
being drawn together around an
emotional enthusiasm for, of all things, doctrines of demons.
let’s look at where the liberal view has brought us
For 150 years,
been fermenting its viewpoint and its ideas, and yet has been
make biblical Christianity more plausible and more palatable to the
which evolved out of the thinking of Kant and Hagel.
people accepted their philosopher’s
point of view—no absolutes—thinking in terms of
relativity, the modern mind was
Today you live
with the thoroughly
modern man as your neighbor.
This is his
way of thinking.
for 150 years they have been trying to make
Christianity acceptable and palatable to this kind of modern mind. The
man who put all this together in a very
outstanding way was Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834).
proceeded to create a theistic
influence upon rationalistic thought. So
he came up with all of these concepts concerning how we think about the
When he said,
“What is religion
all about?” he concluded it’s man’s sense
of ultimate dependence.
So he interpreted
all the doctrines accordingly.
He kept the
vocabulary of biblical
Christianity, but he changed all the meanings.
So he rejected,
to begin with, the claim of the Bible of being a
revelation of divine propositions of truth from God.
view the Bible simply as a record of
They have reduced
what Christianity is all about to a sense of absolute dependence, but
dependence on what is not known, and there are no bases of truth to
have reinterpreted all of Bible doctrine in terms of
this dependence concept.
of God are expressed in terms of our absolute dependence on him. Sin
is said not to be doing evil, but it is
rather man’s nature, wanting to be free, and instead it finds
Salvation is not
through faith in Christ on the cross, but it is restoration to your
absolute dependence on God, and usually a god who doesn’t
Jesus Christ’s work of redemption—how does the
look at that when he speaks about Christ’s redemption? Well,
he means incorporating people into the
sense of dependence on God that Jesus Christ demonstrated.
how people are saved.
When you capture
in your spirit the sense of
dependence that Jesus had, then you are born again.
are all our terms, as fundamentalists, with
don’t view Christ
in the sense of one bearing our sins.
man who followed him was Ludwig Feuerbach
Feuerbach was an
He was a student
of Hagel and he set out to
replace the Bible concept of God. In
place he wanted to put nature as man’s god.
He went from
Schleiermacher’s idea that religion is man’s sense
dependence, and he said that what man depends upon is nature. The
idea that there should be a divine being
is really a creation of man’s own reasoning.
Man projects his
own nature and his own characteristics, and he creates
a super being out there, and he calls him God, Feuerbach says. Feuerbach
said there’s no God out there. There’s
no person out there.
This is something
that man by his reason
looks at himself and he makes himself into a super being and puts that
out there and says, “That’s God.”
this idea, of course, is in conflict with the Bible’s view of
God—a god who is
separate from nature and sovereign over it.
it is neo-orthodoxy and its leader, Karl Barth, who took
the concepts of Schleiermacher and Feuerbach and incorporated them into
called today neo-orthodox theology. This
is the existential expression of what Kierkegaard
You just leap out
faith that there must be something better out there to achieve, but
irrational and it’s all meaningless.
Bishop John Robinson
these modern views were epitomized in a writing by a
bishop of the Church of England. In
he wrote a book that was a bombshell in the theological world. He
didn’t intend it to be. He
compared himself to Martin Luther and
said, “I just wanted to write a book to bring up a few things
No sooner did the
book hit the public than it
was consumed by the man in the street because it was a very readable
It was putting in
language that the man on
the street could understand what the philosophers and the theologians
talking about since the beginning of the 20th
His name was
Bishop John A. T. Robinson and he
wrote the book called Honest
The book topped
one million in sales and it represents the current
viewpoint of society toward the Bible.
view he likes to present as the new reformation—that
a new reformation with a completely opposite attitude toward the Bible
old reformation of Martin Luther and John Calvin had.
book calls modern man to start being
honest about God—to start admitting the truth about God and
In the view of
the truth is that there is no God out there and that the Bible is not
It is the
thinking which is
represented by Bishop Robinson that led a few years ago to the movement
was described as “God is dead.” The
battle cry of that movement was, “God is dead and Jesus
Christ is His Son.”
It was trying to
… reduce to what Bishop
Robinson says is being honest about God and about the
Bible—the conditions as
to how these things actually are, how they actually exist, and what we
His book is in
effect an atheistic
He told a friend
that he found
that he had no trouble taking any number of copies of his book into
Germany, and they are usually very adamant about not permitting
literature to enter East Germany. But
said, “I had no trouble whatsoever taking any number of
copies I wanted of my book
Honest to God
into East Germany,” because when the East Germans read it
they thought it was atheistic propaganda.
So they were glad
to let it in (just to give you some idea of what’s in
the book, in case you don’t want to read it).
the book popularized the modern revolt against biblical
Christianity and clarified what is called the new theology. It
calls for secular Christianity, a
post-Christian faith, based on existentialism and universalism. What
Robinson did was crystalized the
thinking of Schleiermacher and Feuerbach in an up to date manner for us
He rejects and he
concept of God, of a superpower person out there above and beyond the
to quote him, in one place in his book, he says, “That
God (that is, the God that the Bible presents) must die if man is to
In another place
he said about God, “The God
of the Bible is intellectually superfluous, emotionally dispensable,
you see the basis for the “God is dead” movement. They
mean that the God of the Bible is no
longer a functioning concept for 20th
century modern man—that that
is a concept which must go, and as long as we keep hanging on, Bishop
says, to the view that the Bible gives of a God who is a super
person out there above and beyond this world to whom we as creatures
account, man will never be free and man will never find fulfillment. Now
this, dear friends, is where the thinking
of the 18th
century philosophers, the Hagels and the Kants and then
down through the 19th
century of the Kierkegaards and its expression
through the Darwins and the Deweys and the Freuds and so on, and where
come through Karl Barth and where we are today.
This is why I say
there is no enlightenment in what these men have to
They often touch
indeed, but (concerning) our real problems that we face both as
as a society, they have no solutions for them because they deny the
of all solutions in the Word of God.
this concept of God is one that he says must replace the
old concept of the Bible.
He says the
world has come of age so it has to reject the idea of a God who is
over the world, and he wants people to start living (he says) as if
no god out there.
that’s the thesis
of this book.
start living as
if there was no God out there, then you will find your real self and
this is rather shocking.
You and I, by and
large, move in a very restricted and protected
hard for us to think that
there are people who say things like this and believe it and build
I’ll guarantee you that if
you were to walk on the campus of any secular university in this
would find that the overwhelming number of students believe exactly
Robinson presents in his book.
their point of view.
These are the
people who are going to lead this nation and who are going to be
upon our lifestyle in the years to come.
concept of God that he has is one of personal
relationship with people.
response to all there is as if it were personal is what he calls god. It’s
pantheism in effect.
God is everything
that you come into contact
attitude of response
is the guiding god feature of man’s existence.
To believe in
this god of Robinson means to give yourself to the
uttermost to some object in love. This
is a key word.
I want you to get
In the teachings
of the modern
honest-to-god existentialist expression of theology today, the key word
What is god?
God is giving
yourself to the uttermost in love. In
other words, love is deified and it is the
final ground and resting place of our being.
becomes simply statements to be interpreted by
A statement is
the bishop says, because it says something about a being called
“God,” that we would
call Bible doctrine exposition.
statement is theological, he says, because it says that the final truth
reality is love.
love is the last and final and ultimate thing, that is a statement of
Satan’s theology very interestingly pushes, of all
things, the quality of love as the main thing—not truth. Now
you have heard some good Christians who
have pushed this same satanic doctrine.
The thing that
counts is love, not truth.
And you get this
You get this
belittling of the
teachings of the Word of God.
get this rosy world outlook that the main thing we all need is just to
Now that sounds
But when we take
this new theology of love,
we find that it is fantastically grotesque in its expression and in its
Take the Lord
apply the theology of love
Jesus Christ, his
says, is not deity from “the other side,” who came
into humanity on “this side”
as the Bible declares.
The Bishop says
this is the Christmas myth.
Christ, rather, is the perfect man who formed a window through which we
that’s the atonement—not the
Bible view of Christ bearing our punishment for our sins, but it is
can see God through Jesus Christ. The
God that man sees through Jesus Christ is “love,”
the ultimate ground of man’s
Is There a God?
if you were to go up to the bishop and say, “Now, Bishop,
you say we must reject the Bible view of God as a super being out there
hovers above the world.
Is there a
The bishop would
say, “Dear friend, of course
there’s a god.
Yes, of course
And you might
say, “Well, Bishop,
what is god?”
He would say,
“He is love—whatever
you give yourself to in the uttermost expression of selfless
god working in your experience.
Jesus Christ is the epitome of the example of the selfless man for
through whom therefore we see love as the ultimate expression of deity. Now
this has overtones of very true biblical
points of view because the Bible tells us that God is love, but they
understand love in terms of its Holy Spirit fruit of the spirit
don’t know anything about
apply the new theology of love to prayer. The
bishop says that prayer is not giving oneself
to one’s concern, to God out there beyond the world as the
not just talking to someone out
listening and taking seriously what the other person has to say to you. It’s
not talking to God who is out
listening to this person and
taking him seriously.
you apply the doctrine of the new theology of love to
ethics, you really have a field day.
Here the bishop
says morality is not based upon receiving second-hand
rules from God.
In other words,
there is an authority over and above man such as the Bible presents,
authority says there are certain things that are wrong and certain
are right—certain things that thou shalt not do and certain
things that thou
The bishop says,
If you read Honest
to God, you will notice that he
does a great deal of ridiculing and he’s
sarcastic and he caricatures the things almost to the point of
we hold in sacred esteem.
are no rules, the bishop says, for conduct which are
always valid such as the Bible says they are.
This is an idea
brought down from Kant.
Commandments is a moral code which is acceptable only if you add
the word “ordinarily” after each statement.
Thou shalt not
Thou shalt not
commit adultery “ordinarily.” Thou
shalt not steal “ordinarily.” But
there are times when you will do all
those things justifiably.
that is right and wrong, the bishop says, is relative to the situation. That
is Hagel’s concept.
It all began back
there in the 18th
century and we’re still living with it today.
what I’m trying to get across to you as to what constitutes
thoroughly modern man and his thinking.
and wrongness depends on the amount that you care
at the moment.
What is the guide? Love.
Whether a thing
that you do is right or wrong is determined by whether
there is true and genuine love and heart-felt concern involved with you
that person at that moment.
come to know this in the expression of the new morality, which as many
pointed out, is of the old immorality in disguise, and it is called
A thing is right
according to the situation, not that there are standards of right and
right no matter what you do
if you do it in real love, in real heart-felt concern, but it is wrong
do it without love.
here’s a person dying of an incurable disease.
in pain and agony.
It is right if
you take a gun and blow his
brains out, provided that you do it with love and deep felt concern. Bishop
Robinson takes his cue from all this,
of course, from another theologian, Joseph Fletcher, an Episcopalian
who was the founder of the concept of the new morality.
his book, he will give you many situations
that will cause you to consider whether there aren’t really
determine whether things are right.
are a group of people.
out in the old West.
are under attack by the Indians. They
have found a place of shelter in a cave and they are all huddled in
A group of people
that has one baby.
And the Indians
are searching for them.
they’re around there
Then they give
you two situations.
The baby begins
If the baby
cries, the baby will give away
the location of the people.
will come in and they will kill everybody in the cave.
the mother takes her child, grabs it by
the throat, and chokes him to death. The
baby does not cry.
The baby dies. Everybody
(else) is saved.
Fletcher says the mother acted
in love toward the rest of the people in the cave.
was a moral ethical right thing for her to
murder the child.
The other option
be to let the baby cry.
The Indians hear
They come in and
kill everybody in
That would be an
thing to do according to the new morality.
can see the subtlety in this madness when you stop and
think about it.
thought up very much closer to home to you such that you might say,
Maybe there is
they’ll get you thinking that
maybe they’ve got something. But
the answer, of course, is that it’s our sovereign
God’s business as to whether
everybody in that cave lives or dies under those conditions. It
is our sovereign God’s decision whether
the baby cries and gives away the hiding place or not.
it is never our decision to take life—ours
or anyone else’s on a murder basis.
The New Morality
new morality has to be read and understood from the
framework of the Word of God or it will throw you.
the battle cry is “love.” It
all comes down to what conduct is
acceptable to the mind of modern man in whatever situation he finds
provided he cares.
This, again, is
This is the
demon’s point of
view of making love the controlling element.
And perhaps it
has struck you as it did me that there is quite a
similarity here between what the very modern up-to-date sophisticated
theologians are now teaching in the new theology concerning the
controlling influence of love, and the cry of love among
Christians who are genuine believers, because these Christians also
have a way
of belittling Bible doctrine.
a way of belittling the learning of the teachings of the Word of God,
make love the all-controlling factor in their relationships. It’s
not what you know that counts with
how you feel about people
most of them don’t know a thing about the Holy
Spirit “agape” love, nor do they have the capacity
to be able to love in this
The Bible spells
out very clearly
to us in 2 John 5-6 how we have the capacity for this mental attitude
freedom from bitterness and ill-will type of love.
John 5 says, “And now I beseech the, lady,
not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we
the beginning, that we love one another (“agape”
love—Holy Spirit, fruit of the
And this is love: that
we walk after His commandments.” “This
that we walk
after His commandments.”
other words, you cannot express “agape” Holy
Spirit-produced love except as you are filled with the spirit and
the Word of God.
doctrine you have no capacity for loving.
why women who marry men, or vice versa, who are ill-versed in
doctrine find they are married to someone who is a poor lover. This
is because they have no capacity for
They think in
terms of the human
emotional aspect which even your dog or cat can express toward you. But
when it comes to the kind of love that
God anticipates in the glories of the marriage relationship, this
to a person who does not know the Word of God.
you have the orientation
of the Word of God, you don’t know the first thing about love.
when you find someone who does a lot of mouthing about
love, take a little inventory check and see how much doctrine that
If that person is
a do-do bird
when it comes to knowing the principles and the propositions of
you can just count on it that this person is an emotionally oriented
that’s the kind of love they’re talking about, and
they don’t know the first
thing about love.
They have no
for it toward God, toward their opposite number, or toward their
This new theology
is gushing with a pseudo
love under Satan’s direction and it signals the apostate
condition of these people,
both believers and unbelievers.
remember that Satan loves this.
there’s anything Satan loves, it’s
Like he once
said, “All the world
loves a lover.”
And this football
emotional joy type of Christianity is what Satan is promoting today. On
the other hand, we hope that you will not
be one of those tiresome people—and we are surrounded with
people—who are interpreting (things) based upon the Word of
God relative to a
false love with the idea that we are against emotional
expression—that we mean
that we want people to be non-emotional.
This is another
doctrine of demons.
You will find
that when a person yells bloody murder and waves the torn
and tattered flag of emotional domination of the soul love, which is
is cementing people of all types together with in preparation for the
church of the antichrist—when you find a person shouting
wildly with that kind
of love, he is also, you will find, a person who is doctrinally
therefore doesn’t know what real love is.
The two always go
also, while he waves that tattered flag, he is also accusing you of
He is accusing
you of not
being able to have any feelings. He
doesn’t like the word “emotion.”
He likes the word
he’s waving that flag of emotional
domination love, he’s also saying, “You
don’t have any feelings.” Don’t
let that bug you because the people who
have real depth at feelings, the people who are the keenest in the
affection, are those who are people with doctrinal understanding. Never
make a mistake about that.
I cannot warn you
young people enough.
marry somebody who doesn’t have
you’ll regret it for the rest of your
new theology is preoccupied with social issues. A
Who is a
What is a
Now we go to
and we say, “Bishop, what is a Christian then?”
The bishop will
say, “A Christian is one who has
regeneration through faith in Christ; but a Christian is one who is a
neighbor who identifies with the needs of his community.” Most
college students don’t know where they
pick up the idea of social action. They
have no idea in the world why they come out of school and they have
feelings and great visions toward improving society.
actually ready to put their life on
the line for this will of the wisp of making things better for people. The
bishop means to make things better for
people without personal regeneration, and this is false.
will never be made better without the
personal regeneration of every individual within it.
why society is going to get worse and
things are going to become more disastrous, and it’s coming
to a catastrophic
Anybody who wants
to give his life
to chasing the will of the wisp of making society better and removing
is a fool—a pathetic waste of life, for you will never do it. Unless
there is personal regeneration, as
there will be in the millennium on the part of everybody, you will not
You will squelch
one place and they will jump up in another place. You
will spend billions and billions of
dollars resolving a situation, and about the time you think you have
breaks out ten times worse than before you had it.
social planners stand their shaking their
heads in disbelief, and every new generation comes up with a new vision
new glint in its eye, and it believes that it now will be able to solve
going to devote itself
with new zeal.
going back to the old hack ideas of the new theologians and they start
the same misconceptions, and consequently they don’t get to
this new theology is that you’re a good neighbor.
salvation—identifying with the needs
of the community.
completely accommodate the insights of modern scientifically oriented
They judge the
truth of the Bible, not
letting the Bible judge them.
reject the Bible in content and in authority, so they don’t
illumination of the Holy Spirit on His word to give them divine
guide them in the issues of life that they face.
which are people who believe the Word of
God and are in our camp as conservatives, have been very much tainted
social action concept.
permeates their writhing of improving changing society.
they do recognize the need for
They make an
as neo-evangelicals to bring this regeneration about.
problem is to bring it about on such a
What happens is
often find themselves cooperating with the liberal, on the
liberal’s ground, on
the basis of the viewpoint of someone like Bishop Robinson after
said and done.
want’s something for everyone according to what
this way can do his own thing and still be religious.
says there is no subtle purpose and
meaning to life as the Bible pretends there is.
He wants to make
Christianity relevant to the 20th
compromise and accommodate.
He will play ball
with whatever ideas people
have in order to do this.
Man is what he
makes of himself by all his choices and acts, so everybody is
create a better world.
So man has cut
himself off from all objective supernatural support.
existentially on his own.
doctrine of subjectivity controls
The God of the
Bible has to
that the God of the
Bible is the greatest threat to human independence because as long as
of the Bible is out there in the minds of people, people are under a
They have a
hesitancy of living
as if He wasn’t out there. Therefore
they can never fulfill themselves.
God, he says, has to be viewed as a dialectical
idea that our god ideas are constantly changing to a new synthesis, but
not the god of the Bible.
consequently, the liberal theologian centers on experience. Summing
it all up, the big thing is
not doctrinal statements.
not what the Bible says.
what you experience.
But we have found
from the Word of God that
experiences are not understood apart from what the Bible tells us. When
Isaiah, in Isaiah 6:6-7, had the coal
put upon his lips, he didn’t understand what this symbolized
in the cleansing
of God until God told him.
In 2 Kings
19:35, the Assyrians have 185,000 of their army killed.
Jews understood the significance of God’s
act because God explained it, but the Assyrians didn’t know. Men
as sinners cannot interpret correctly the
acts of God in history.
If we understand
what God is doing in history it’s because we have the Bible
to explain it to
Though the Bible
is not a text book
on theology, it does have God’s revealed propositions of
this is something that, again, the modern new theology
It says that the
Bible does not
have statements of eternal truth. Yet
the Word of God, we read statements such as this: “I
am the almighty God.
Walk before me
and be thou perfect, and I
will make my covenant between me and thee and will multiply thee
Now what is that
but a statement of direct
“And God saw
everything that He had made, and behold it was very good.” Genesis
What is that but
a propositional statement of truth? “And
the Lord passed by before him and
proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious,
abundant in goodness and truth.’” Exodus
That tells us
statement of truth.
servant Moses is not so, who is faithful
in all mine house.
With him will I
mouth to mouth, even apparently and not in dark speeches, and the
the Lord shall He behold.” Numbers
And the Bible is
statements like that that are indeed statements of truth.
the liberal is wrong that the Bible is not
propositions of truth.
made Himself known through His mighty acts, but He
explained what those acts meant to us, and that’s why we
claims that the revelation of God
is to be distinguished from the actual words.
Now Karl Barth
says that we have to go back to the Bible, but not back
to the words that you read in the Bible.
He says it is
wrong to identify the Bible as the Word of God. The
liberal says that it “contains” the Word
The bible has a
for the liberal, and it is hidden in the fallible words of men. So
if you read the Bible and something hits
you, something comes through to you, something inspires you, now you
Word of God.
If it does not
to you, if it does not inspire you, then it is not the Word of God.
this is the way he gets around as a liberal wanting to
say that the Bible if full of mistakes.
It has errors in
it, and yet we want to be able to use it for authority,
to give us a message from God.
a subjective decision as to what God is saying and not saying. That’s
why he has to say that the Bible has
no propositions of truth.
people together in church and say, “Now we’re going
to teach you Bible
false, the liberal
can’t teach people
There are no
only what comes through to
The Divine Human
now some of you are going to go home today. You’re
going to read the newspaper.
going to pick up the funnies and you’re
going to start reading about that famous All-American duck, Donald. And
you’re going to start reading the
adventures of Donald Duck and all of a sudden something is going to
through to you as you go through the frames, and before you finish it,
touched your heart and spoken to you.
And you will
praise Him for the Word of God that you have just
experienced through Donald the Duck. Do
you see what I mean?
intellectual men can be?
it amounts to.
But the liberal
this the divine human encounter. This
It makes man the
decider as to what is the Word of God and what is not.
is impossible to separate the knowledge
about God from the actual words of the Bible.
Actually when the
liberals use the Bible, they don’t separate it from
the words either.
So how can the
God come to us in words that are mistaken?
The greatest need
we have today is to return to the expository teaching
and preaching of the Word of God—to uncover doctrinal
propositions which convey
to us the mind of God.
theologian and the Dr. Robinsons say, “Oh, no,
That has no life
And yet what the
Word of God requires is the
exegesis of its word.
it’s true that the Word will not be meaningful to you if
it is not explained to you, and if you do not receive it under the
the Holy Spirit, and if you do not go positive toward it, it is true
that the Word
of God will be meaningless to you. But
that is something entirely different than what the liberal theologian
telling us today.
The Bible is
in what it says.
It is inspired
you and I believe it or not, whether we have a divine human encounter
This is because
authority rests upon itself as the Word of God produced by inspiration. It
makes no difference how we view it. It
is true that we must have the proper
relationship of the guidance of the spirit of God, but God has provided
system for us.
Summary – How to
here are the conclusions that we come to as a summary
How shall we look
Word of God?
1) Do not
bible with the idea that you can apply to it certain tests of your own
2) Do not advance
theories in conflict with what the Bible clearly teaches, no matter
experience may seem to suggest to you.
3) Come to the
Bible as the inspired and thus inerrant revelation from
God in form of doctrinal propositions of absolute truths which may be
understood by us.
4) Our fallen
mentality must be subject to all that God’s Word says. That’s
5) We must view
the very words of the Bible
as the voice of God.
6) By thus
captive to the voice of God through Bible doctrine, we find ourselves
dealing then with reality.
7) May our
rally cry in the 7th
place be, “Thy Word is truth, and the truth
shall make you free.”
John E. Danish, 1971
to the Basic Bible Doctrine index
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