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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: fwdude
I agree that any departure from the plain meaning of Scripture is heresy. But I do not believe that each person has an equal authority to interpret Scripture, and if I did believe such a thing, I couldn't justify disfellowshipping anybody.

I'd bet good money that the disfellowshipped churches claimed very sincerely that their Scriptural interpretations were the fruit of the insight vouchsafed to them by the Holy Spirit. 'Cause people rarely or never say, "Now, this isn't the Holy Spirit, it's just me."

29 posted on 02/14/2014 9:38:53 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: fwdude

“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.

BRAVO and well said, fwdude! You nailed the difference beautifully and hopefully put “paid” to that tired attack of many Roman Catholics here against Protestant believers that we “make up our own interpretation”.


94 posted on 02/16/2014 12:45:45 PM PST by JLLH
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