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To: Augustinian monk; fwdude
I see they're linked with the "Cooperative Baptist Fellowship," which was (correct me if I'm wrong) the "middle group" when the SBC had a 3-way split about 20 years ago: SBC being most conservative, CBF being middle, and Alliance of Baptists, like the American Baptist Church (ABC) being liberal.

Every one of them, from right to left, believes in that item which made you, monk, say "Yikes": "We teach that every human being has the capacity and the freedom to read and interpret the Bible as she or he sees fit."

That's basic Baptist theology.

Once again, somebody straighten me out if I've got any kinks in this.

26 posted on 02/14/2014 9:08:29 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Sanity is the adequate response of the mind to the real thing: adaequatio mentis ad rem.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
"We teach that every human being has the capacity and the freedom to read and interpret the Bible as she or he sees fit."

That's basic Baptist theology.

Once again, somebody straighten me out if I've got any kinks in this.

If that is "basic Baptist theology," then the SBC would not have disfellowshipped (excommunicated) at least two entire congregations in Texas within the past decade for "interpreting the Bible as they saw fit."

There is a difference between reading the Bible for yourself, asking the Holy Spirit to make the passages meanings perspicuous to you, and imprinting your own desired interpretation onto it. The Scriptures are unambiguous and very plain on the essential doctrines of the faith. Any departure from them is heresy.

27 posted on 02/14/2014 9:16:59 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Interpreting the “bible as you see fit” is treating the bible as subjective. Therefore, it can be interpreted in different ways by different people in different ages. That’s relativism. I think you are confusing the issue with something else.


28 posted on 02/14/2014 9:22:05 AM PST by Augustinian monk
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Southern Baptists don’t teach that...they teach that the Holy Spirit imparts to the believer what they need to understand from their readings of the scripture...that scripture isn’t understood from “private interpretation”; that is to say, not from the natural man, but rather by the light of the Holy Ghost that resides in each believer.

All believers are at different levels in their relationship with God. The Holy Spirit understands this and reveals the deep things of God to each child as needed.


42 posted on 02/14/2014 10:57:12 AM PST by mdmathis6 (American Christians can help America best by remembering that we are Heaven's citizens first!)
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