Different Theological Perspectives on the Text of Holy Scripture

Introduction In the modern church, there is an abundance of theological views on the text of Holy Scripture. These include higher critical perspectives, neo-orthodoxy, continued revelation, providential preservation, and modern criticism. All of these views understand the essence and purpose of Scripture in different ways. In order to examine these theologically, I will assume aContinue reading “Different Theological Perspectives on the Text of Holy Scripture”

The Role of Text Criticism in Apologetics

Introduction As this world has become more and more postmodern, apologetics have become a major focus of Christian interaction with the world and even each other. This has resulted in a hyper-focus on giving a defense of the Christian religion to anybody with a critique and debates between Christians regarding the best method of doingContinue reading “The Role of Text Criticism in Apologetics”

If the Text-Critics Went to Lunch and Didn’t Come Back

Introduction An important practice in the business world is determining the viability and impact of a project before investing resources into that project. It seems this is a wise analysis to consider for evangelical text-criticism.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficientContinue reading “If the Text-Critics Went to Lunch and Didn’t Come Back”

What We Believe About Holy Scripture

Recently, I wrote an article entitled, “Yes, The Bible Teaches Preservation,” to address the reality that modern evangelical scholars have abandoned the historical protestant doctrine that says that we have the Bible today in its original form. This doctrine is enabled by the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which only speaks to inerrancy in theContinue reading “What We Believe About Holy Scripture”

John 7:53-8:11 is Scripture

Introduction John 7:53-8:11, called the Pericope Adulterae, is an excellent example of how the determinations of textual scholars can directly impact the people of God. This passage in particular is also a perfect text to demonstrate how textual interpretation can spoil the people of God with misinformation. I was young in my faith the firstContinue reading “John 7:53-8:11 is Scripture”

Niche Textual Positions & Providence

Introduction Many people are swept up by modern critical evaluations of the text of Holy Scripture. As a result, a handful of various textual positions have sprung up within mainstream evangelicalism. The fact is, there are other positions on the text of Holy Scripture than just the Received Text and Critical Text positions. Many peopleContinue reading “Niche Textual Positions & Providence”

Why the Doctrine of Inerrancy Demands the Defense of the Received Text

Introduction On this blog, I have highlighted many of the doctrinal errors underpinning the modern critical text, as well as set forth positively the historical orthodox position on the Holy Scriptures. I have been critical of the doctrine of inerrancy as articulated by modern scholars and compared it to the historical doctrine of providential preservation,Continue reading “Why the Doctrine of Inerrancy Demands the Defense of the Received Text”

1 John 5:7 & Roman Catholic Provenance of Later Manuscripts

Introduction  Recently, the Comma Johanneum (1 John 5:7) has been of particular interest in the text-critical discussion. I initially address some of the talking points here and Dr. Jeff Riddle here. Typically, advocates of the modern critical text appeal to the lateness of the manuscripts that have the passage to demonstrate why they believe itContinue reading “1 John 5:7 & Roman Catholic Provenance of Later Manuscripts”

The Weakness of Evidence-Based Textual Criticism & The Received Text

Introduction If I could identify the most significant disconnect between those that advocate for modern critical methods and those that advocate for the Received Text, it’s the difference in how evidence is handled. From a modern critical perspective, it is baffling that the manuscript evidence they produce for or against a reading is rejected. FromContinue reading “The Weakness of Evidence-Based Textual Criticism & The Received Text”

1 John 5:7 and Modern Criticism

Introduction The Comma Johanneum (1 John 5:7) is a sticking point for many people when it comes to believing the claims of those who advocate for the Received Text of the Reformation, who say that the TR is the providentially preserved and vindicated text of Holy Scripture. More importantly, this variant, above all others, demonstratesContinue reading “1 John 5:7 and Modern Criticism”