Concordia Theological Monthly

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verbal inspiration, scriptures, doctrine, moderns, christian, lutheran, catechism

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The moderns are bound to make the "sure Word" of Scripture (2 Pet. 1:19) unreliable. They have been telling the anxious Christian that the "mechanical, verbal theory" of inspiration is all wrong; that according to their dynamical canon the words in which the saving truth is revealed are purely human; that nobody knows whether the words of John 3:16 correctly express the divine thought. But they are not yet through with the dismayed Christian. Lest he still be disposed to base his trust on John 3:16 and similar passages of Holy Writ, they now tell him: Forget all about John 3:16; that is an individual statement and individual statements no longer count; it is foolishness to base doctrine and faith on particular passages.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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2 Peter 1:19; John 3:16; Psalm 14:1; Romans 13:1;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars