Sunday, March 26, 2006

Don't get lazy with the Holy Spirit

Tim Challies, reflecting on the writings of J. T. Moreland, cautions us that, when it comes to interpreting Scripture, we shouldn't rely on the Holy Spirit to take the place of training and hard work in biblical exposition.

5 Comments:

Blogger Matthew Self said...

I am in total agreement, and encourage anyone doing a lay study of the Bible to check out Gordon Fee's How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth.

On the other hand, how many seminary students graduate without ever read the Bible from start to finish without first reading it through the grid of this system or that system? That's the other side of that problem.

12:26 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Right you are, Matt. And thanks for the recommendation of Fee's book.

5:42 AM, March 27, 2006  
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9:55 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Unknown said...

I agree that one should use all the tools and intellect available when studying scripture. But those tools and intellect must be enlightened by the Holy Spirit or they will be worthless. I believe a uneducated layman can interpret the scripture under the guidance of the Holy Spirit better than a well educated yet non-Spirit-filled theologian. See the Apostles in Acts vs the theologians of the day including Saul prior to Damascus road.

9:56 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Very good and valid point, IH. That's the other side of the story, isn't it?!

8:53 AM, March 28, 2006  

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