Sound principles for interpreting Scripture (Doug Kashorek)

“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son” 2 John 9.

On this second 5th Sunday of 2013, we’ll look at sound principles for interpreting Scripture, understanding the difference between expedience and innovation, and discovering if biblical silence is permissive. All of this has the aim of restoring New Testament Christianity.

For example, in Genesis 6:14 God says, “So make yourself an ark of cypress wood ….” Since God said it, are you doing it? Or does context and who God was commanding to do this important?

Too easy … what about what does command, example, and inference have to say about the Lord’s Supper in Acts 20:7, “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread …”? What trouble we get into when we start doing what we want based on “Well, the Bible doesn’t say we can’t ….” It’s like parents going away overnight and their teens saying, “Mom and Dad didn’t say we couldn’t ….”

Are you running the race or running ahead?

Doug Kashorek

Plattsburgh church of Christ

author of Kin of Cain

a Christian historical fantasy