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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 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Case For the Authenticity of 1st John 5:7-8

Questioning, when it comes to the text of Scripture, is the starting point of all kinds of apostasy.--Jesse Boyd

The case against including the latter part of 1 John 5:7-8 is not as strong as previously thought.  A student at Wake Forest, North Carolina named Jesse Boyd wrote this paper for Dr. David Black in 1999.  I thought it was well written despite a few words omitted here and there.   Boyd is particularly sharp when he recognizes that the starting axiom for textual criticism is that there are "errors" in the apographa:

A matter of theological significance that transcends the text of I John 5:7-8 concerns the issue of final authority.  Is the Bible we hold in our hands the Word of God or not?  If it contains errors, it can only be said that the Scriptures contain the Word of God.  This is Neo-orthodoxy.  When critical scholars boastfully claim that the Comma is not a legitimate part of Scripture, they are questioning the authority of the Book and disregarding the traditional text that brought about the Reformation.  Questioning, when it comes to the text of Scripture, is the starting point of all kinds of apostasy.  Is the final authority in the Book, or is it in what man says about the Book?

Click here to read the paper:  A Case For the Authenticity of 1st John 5:7-8

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