Fact a Day: June 14th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: June 14th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) p. 35


Are the benefits to the church worth the risk?


Another area to evaluate for the cost/benefit ratio is the biblical text itself. Has 200 years of higher criticism given us any new information about the Bible? No! Vern Poythress illustrates this with the following important comment: “I recently [read] Marshall’s commentary on Luke. A third of that commentary discusses redactional issues. For the most part, Marshall did a reasonable job with those questions. But when I asked myself, What did I learn from his discussion of the sources? The answer was, Almost nothing. I learned much more from what he had to say about the gospel itself. In my own exegetical work I found redaction criticism gives very little input in terms of the meaning of the final text.” (“Redaction Criticism: Is It Worth the Risk?” Christianity Today Institute, Christianity Today, October 18, 1985, p. 7-I) What are we losing spiritually by spending hundreds of hours with critical methods dissecting the text when we could have spent that time reverently learning the text?


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