In response to a previous post about Declaring the Whole Gospel, a well meant comment was left about not wanting to call anyone a heretic. The argument is that we can’t be dogmatic about interpretation, and so we have to leave things open to the interpretation of each individual in what this comment called the “unique relationship to both God and the Bible.”
The person leaving the comment mentioned that this was offered in a gracious manner and asked for any response to be gracious as well. I did offer a quick response there, and I do hope I was gracious while still doing my best to put forth the truth in such a brief space. You can read it on the link if you really want.
The point here is that Dan Phillips over at the Pyromaniacs site just posted a tremendous article regarding this very issue. He likens Scripture to a teacher’s guide for a school curriculum. His overall point is that God has declared His truth, and if we have any thought, any theory, any idea, it must line up with that revealed Word. If it doesn’t, then our human, sin-limited, minds are the obvious ones at fault, and our idea, thought, theory is the one that needs to be altered to match the teacher’s guide, not the other way around.
Dan does a great job, and I’ll just bungle the attempt to repeat it here, so I urge you to go the Pyro site and read for yourself. This is good stuff. God’s Word is the standard. The Gospel is the message. We have no other.
As Martin Luther so famously stated: "Unless I am convinced by Scriptures and plain reason, my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything. Here I stand, I can do no other!" Preach the Word, in season and out, my friends; not your ideas. Preach the Word.