Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The First Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Reformed Hermeneutics?

A further strawman argument by Mr. Paul Elbert:

I suppose you refer to 1 Thess 5:20, 21; 1 Cor 14:29; and Acts 15:28a, in order of their composition by Paul and Luke. These texts and perhaps others not as obvious were a problem for the Reformers. They need not have been, but in order to set out a sound doctrine of Scripture as authoritative, the Reformers and the tradition which followed them have historically disconnected these texts from their contexts, contexts which were then confined to the characters in the texts themselves.

Simply because you disagree with the Reformed interpretation and application of the command not to despise prophesying in 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 does not mean that the Reformers didn't deal with such texts. They applied the texts to their contemporary situation just as we do today. No one today would deny that Paul was referring to a supernatural gift of languages and the interpretation of those languages in 1 Corinthians 14:29. Prophesying is open to interpretation. Prophesying does not necessarily refer to predicting the future or anything else that is supernatural; it could refer to forthtelling the Holy Scriptures, being at that time the Old Testament. I do not understand how Acts 15:28a has anything at all to do with the Pentecostal hermeneutic unless you're reading something into the immediate context that is not there.


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