Paul's Passing Thoughts

What Michael Horton and John Piper et al., Really Believe About the Scriptures, as Articulated by Robert Brinsmead

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on July 25, 2010

“That’s just gospel—perfectly timed, perfectly applied, perfectly suited to my need. That’s why the Bible is so thick—because there are so many different needs that you have. And there are suitable places where the gospel is unfolded for you, so that if you immerse yourself in the whole book, always with an eye for what Christ has wrought for you and purchased for you in this thick, glorious history of God’s interaction with people, he will give you what you need.”

~ John Piper

“If not only the unregenerate but the regenerate are always dependent at every moment on the free grace of God disclosed in the gospel, then nothing can  raise those who are spiritually dead or continually give life to Christ’s flock
but the Spirit working through the gospel.”

~ Michael Horton

“That which makes the Bible the Bible is the gospel. That which makes  the Bible the Word of God is its witness to Christ. When the Spirit bears witness to our hearts of the truth of the Bible, this is an internal witness concerning the truth of the gospel. We need to be apprehended by the Spirit, who lives in the gospel, and then judge all things by that Spirit  even the letter of Scripture.”

~ Robert Brinsmead

“This means that unless we are caught up in the Spirit of the gospel, we cannot understand or use the Bible correctly. Apart  from the gospel the Bible is letter (gramma), not Spirit (pneuma). “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

~ Robert Brinsmead

“Furthermore,  for all practical purposes, the author is saying that using the  Bible for instruction, as well as all other uses Paul communicated to Timothy,  is a use of Scripture apart from the working of the Holy Spirit.”

Note: Quotations by Brinsmead in this article seem to indicate that he is saying that the Scriptures are not inerrant, but that is not what he is saying; he is saying that the Bible is completely inerrant and trustworthy when it speaks of the gospel, which is its sole purpose anyway.

The article can be seen in full here

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  1. Ray Anthony Rodriguez said, on June 19, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Nothing wrong there. All Scripture is Spirit-discerned. The Spirit testifies about Jesus. SOme read the Bible for information or livelihood. Some read it to exclude others from their group. We need to read it as Jesus intended it to be read-that is to show the need for a Savior-and points to that Savior-and the Lord of all life.


    • pauldohse said, on June 20, 2011 at 9:26 AM


      My line by line rebuttal speaks for itself.

      > —–Original Message—– >


  2. paulspassingthoughts said, on November 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Reblogged this on Paul's Passing Thoughts.


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