Studying the Bible to Become a Heretic — Post by Michael J. Findley

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Charles Augustus Briggs, originator of the word “bibliolatry.” “In every department of Biblical study we come across error.” Briggs insisted. He also believed that “Reason is a fountain of divine authority no less savingly enlightening than the Bible and the Church.”

A common theme in most universities and many places throughout the internet is that the Bible does not mean what it says in English. These people claim that you must know the original languages, the history of ancient cultures and comparative religions to understand the Bible.

While there are various “schools of thought,” it is very difficult to find much agreement among these people. They seem to agree only on one point. The Bible is the product of humans only. It is not God’s Word.

Studying the original languages, background, culture, history, and comparative religions can be very helpful. But information without being filled with God’s Spirit does not produce godliness. It produces hardness, arrogance and an unwillingness to allow the Spirit of God to work.

Their education is actually indoctrination. These men are educated in ignorance. Not only do they not want the Spirit of God to work in their own lives, but they do not want the Spirit of God to work in the lives of others.

As Paul wrote to Timothy, these men are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7 NASB)

This verse has a context. Once these men, and women, decide to rebel against the Word of God, they continue in their sins to become worse.

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.” (2 Timothy 3:1-9 NASB)

 

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