Likelihood, Plausibility, and Sola Scriptura

Likelihood, Plausibility, and Sola Scriptura

This is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, tentatively titled I Fought the Church (and the Church Won). Enjoy. And play nice.  As I continued wrestling through the issues of church authority and its relation to Scripture, one of the questions I kept returning to was that of likelihood. “All things being equal,” I would ask myself, “which is more likely: that Jesus had intended to establish his church in such a way that it was to be...

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On Being Graciously Worthy

On Being Graciously Worthy

If one’s understanding of the gospel is such that the only works that play a causal and contributory role in our gaining entrance into the eternal kingdom are Christ’s and never our own, and further, if distinguishing between Christ’s work imputed (justification) and our works done by the Spirit’s infusion of agape (sanctification) is essential to getting the gospel right, then one would certainly make every effort to...

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The Bible Made Impossible

I just began reading Christian Smith’s new book, The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. Smith’s point is to demonstrate that biblicism is wrong and self-defeating, and collapses under the weight of its own claims. What immediately struck me was how broadly Smith defines biblicism; one is a biblicist if he accepts one or more of the following ten propositions: 1. Divine Writing: The Bible is...

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Amillennialism, Fifth and Final Post

OK, so what do we do with the first six verses of Revelation 20? The biggest clue, to me at least, is the binding of Satan. The usual method of understanding this verse unfolds as follows: “Hmmm… what would the world be like if Satan were bound? [Insert utopian fantasy here]. But the world doesn’t look like that, so I guess the binding of Satan must happen during the millennium.” Side note: In Dispensational hermeneutics,...

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