Paul's Passing Thoughts

The Bible is to Be Interpreted Grammatically, NOT Redemptively

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on June 4, 2013

ppt-jpeg4Labeling something with nomenclature that identifies something of high value as a way to lend credibility, and even circumvent scrutiny is the oldest trick in Evil’s tool bag. Hence, the “redemptive” historical method of interpreting the Bible. Supposedly, the Bible is a narrative about Christ’s works, and every verse must point back to that theme. Instead of the Bible being a full-orbed worldview, all reality is interpreted through Christ’s saving works, or “gospel.”

Let me just cut to the quick here: as a result of all of the study that Susan and I have done for this year’s conference, little more is obvious than the fact that the Reformers went to the Bible and interpreted it according to Plato’s worldview. They simply made Christ the “form of the good” or the perfect form, and made us the “lower forms” among “material objects.” Plato believed that only the pure forms of the good are “objective” and as you descend down to the “higher forms,” “lower forms,” “material objects,” and “images,” things are more and more “subjective.” Hence, the “centrality of the objective gospel outside of us” as opposed to “evangelical subjectivism.”

The Reformers even refer to the “golden chain of salvation” which is eerily reminiscing of the sophist familiarity of “the golden chain of Platonic succession.” Also known as the “golden chain of philosophers.”

Christ and the apostles interpreted the Bible grammatically and posed rebuttals with the minutest grammar rules. Christ argued for the resurrection against the Sadducees by citing the tense of “I am.” The apostle Paul argued for justification apart from the law by referring to the singular form of the word, “offspring.”

This argues for an empirical approach to the Scriptures concerning the literal meaning of words. This does not exclude the use of parables, metaphors, etc. as tools for understanding, but it does exclude the replacement of study and observation with meditation. The redemptive approach calls for meditation (or deeper understanding) of the only two things in our realm that do not change (supposedly): God’s holiness and our evil. This gives us access to the “unchanging truth” of the “object gospel.” In the selfsame tradition of the philosophers, Calvinist Paul Washer states that the gospel cannot be completely known.

Calvinists are really little more than a return to the elitist arrogance accompanying the propagation of the gnosis that plagued the apostolic church.


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  1. paulspassingthoughts said, on June 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Reblogged this on Clearcreek Chapel Watch.


  2. drew said, on June 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Nicolaitanism. “Conquering of the people/laity”. Because heaven forbid that we have discerning, thinking Christians hanging out in our churches to upset things. Just shut up and believe them. A certain prominent pastor who is responsible for planting numerous churches in this country and others calls this “going sideways” on him. What happens when the pastor “goes sideways” as is happening to so many of them across the country?

    God help us. I was raised in a church that encouraged independent thinking and immersion in the Bible with the Godly help of elders and teachers. No orthodoxy, no following of men. As much as I hate to admit it, Karl Marx had one thing right, he just forgot one word. ORGANIZED religion is the opiate of the masses.


  3. A Mom said, on June 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    The only thinking you should be doing is about all the ways you are totally (100%) depraved believer. Any other thinking is discouraged and will be church disciplined. If you want to study on your own, the Bible is not recommended. Review the catechisms and confessions of church orthodoxy amongst yourselves instead. Danger, definitely do not read blogs with opposing views! They might cause critical thinking to occur. LOL


  4. Andy said, on June 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    And the elders have become “popes” in their own regard, because even if an elder can be shown from scripture to be in error, his interpretation is still the correct one because of the mere fact that he is in authority as an elder by the divine “sovereignty” of God.


  5. trust4himonly said, on June 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    So true Paul……so true.

    Drew, funny thing is…is that Marx developed his own religion – communism (man centered- God eliminated).
    As always, any -ism quickly turns to opiate for the masses.


  6. A Mom said, on June 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Good point. They are becoming drunk with power from their sovereign God.


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