Monday, January 07, 2008

Koehler's A Summary of Christian Doctrine: The Holy Scriptures, part 3

Koehler writes,

It is not our business to sit in judgment on what we have learned to be the plain sense of the Bible text, accepting what agrees, and rejecting what does not agree with our personal views and rationalizations. This judicial or critical use of human reason is absolutely out of place with respect to divine truths. Where God has spoken, the right of private judgment ceases. (2 Cor. 10:5) We must take the words of the Scriptures in the sense and meaning they convey; we may not add thereto nor take away anything from it (Deut. 4:2), nor corrupt the Word of God by putting our own meaning into the text (2 Cor. 2:17). We must, therefore, not "correct" the Scriptures according to our ideas and logical deductions, but we must correct our thoughts and ideas according to the Scriptures.

An entire blog could be created based on examples of the modern church "correcting" scripture, but it would be depressing to keep focusing on that! The one example that comes to my mind is how my former Lutheran synod went to great lengths to justify the ordination of women. In the end, it was just a twisting of scripture to meet desires. It doesn't have to make sense to me that God has ordained that women serve in other roles and not as pastors. I can accept that God knows what He is doing.

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