Concordia Theological Monthly

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scripture, obedience, verbal inspiration, moderns, christian, bondage, doctrine, faith, legalistic, literalism, luther

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


We are asked to come in under the charter of liberty proclaimed by the moderns which calls for freedom from "the tyranny of words." We cannot do so, for three reasons.

First, we do not feel that Verbal Inspiration imposes a legalistic yoke on us. It does indeed require of us unquestioning acceptance of all the statements of Scripture. On that we and the moderns are agreed. We are bound by every word of Scripture. But we do not resent, nor rebel against, this bondage. It is a holy bondage. We rejoice in it. Why? Verbal Inspiration has taught us that these words of Scripture are God's words. In every word of Scripture our glorious Lord, our gracious God, is speaking.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Timothy 6:3; 1 Samuel 3:10; John 6:68; 1 Peter 4:11; Romans 6:22; Malachi 2:6; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13; John 8:31; John 3:16; Matthew 28:20; Psalm 119:16;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars