Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Applying the Word

As evangelicals, we stand on the full inspiration of the Word of God. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” (2 Tim. 3:16).

We are not so firm in our stand when it comes to applying the Word of God: “…so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17).

We believe the Bible from cover to cover, in debate. When we look inside the covers, we have problems. Those problems are not of failing to understand. They are problems of clear understanding of texts that we do not believe. These problems may be with history, prophecy, promises, commands, or statements of fact. It does not matter which theological position we hold. Our solutions are 1) stay ignorant, 2) run lightly over the text, 3) do much explaining away on what the text “really means,” or 4) explain why we are not believing and obeying the text.

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