Whether Jesus preached that great Sermon on the mount, or in Capernaum’s synagogue, “the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:28-29; Mark 1:22 NKJV). There is a difference between preaching what one knows about the Scriptures, and preaching as an author of the Scriptures. Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works” (John 14:10 NKJV). No church or preacher today has been given that same boldness to change or privately interpret the Word of God. “But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?” (John 7:26 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
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“SUPPOSE I HAVE NO INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE ON ANY SUBJECT”
In the June 15, 2014 issue of the Auburn Beacon, bulletin of the University Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama, Andy Sochor had an article regarding the “Heresy Trial” of Robert Wallace Officer (1845-1930). R. W. Officer, at one point in his life, served as a missionary for the Liberty Baptist Association.
During this six-year period, he faced several charges of heresy (i.e., of not preaching standard Baptist doctrine), and eventually was arraigned before the Association that met with the Poplar Creek Church in Limestone County, Alabama, and tried for heresy. Continue reading
There is a very curious passage in two of the Gospels. It’s hard to initially see any point in them. Yet all of Scripture has a place and a purpose, so we have to study and find it.
When faced with a tough passage, you study what others have said and you are somewhat relieved when none of them know either. There are verses that are just perplexing. But we persevere, nonetheless. Continue reading
My wife and I have been watching a new show called, Blue Bloods, on CBS. Tom Selleck plays the lead role of Frank Reagan, New York City Police Commissioner. On a recent episode when complimented for making a good, but tough decision, he made an interesting reply.
“It’s a funny thing about decisions. You don’t. . .have to talk yourself into the right ones.”
I’ve thought on that quote quite a bit. It seems to assume an honest person who wants to do the right thing. I say that since a lot of people have to be talked into doing the right thing.
It also connects to the way we interpret scripture. Straight forward interpretations have an automatic edge over convoluted complex ones.
I often see a direct correlation between lengthy complicated explanations and rationalizations.
It gets back to honesty and intent. Do we want to know what the scripture really says or are we forcing an interpretation we prefer?
Deep down we often know or at least suspect the right answer. It’s just not the one we want. It’s dangerous to make decisions and interpretations based solely on feelings.