The Diversity Within the TR Camp

Introduction Many people are introduced to the TR position through its critics. This is often unhelpful in understanding just exactly what “the” TR position is, and what those that adhere to some form of it actually believe. It may be shocking to men like James White and Mark Ward, but the TR position, while mostlyContinue reading “The Diversity Within the TR Camp”

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”

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”

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”

The Consequences of Rejecting Material Preservation

Introduction Since the late 20th century, the doctrine of Scripture has been reformulated to say several things, most explicitly in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. The Chicago Statement articulates several things about the doctrine and nature of Scripture :  The original manuscripts (autographs) of the New Testament were without error The Scriptures as weContinue reading “The Consequences of Rejecting Material Preservation”

Absolute Certainty, The Received Text, and Matthew 23:13-14

Introduction Recently, Reverend Christopher Myers of Phoenix Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCNA) tagged me in on a Facebook post to address the topic of absolute certainty and the Received Text. Dr. Peter Gurry playfully chimed in with a test passage (Matthew 23:13-14). In this article I will be interacting with Dr. Gurry’s article. Any disagreements IContinue reading “Absolute Certainty, The Received Text, and Matthew 23:13-14”

A Summary of the Confessional Text Position

Introduction In this article, I will provide a shotgun blast summary of the Confessional Text Position, as well as some further commentary which will help those trying to understand the position better. In this short article, I do not expect that I have articulated every nuance of the position perfectly, but I hope that IContinue reading “A Summary of the Confessional Text Position”

A Crash Course in the Textual Discussion

Introduction When I first started learning about the textual variants in my Bible, I had a great number of misconceptions about textual criticism. I thought myself rather educated on the matter because I had read the KJV Only Controversy twice and had spent hours upon hours watching the Dividing Line. Yet, when it came downContinue reading “A Crash Course in the Textual Discussion”

Memoirs of an ESV-Onlyist: Reflecting on the Text and Canon Conference

Introduction On Reformation weekend, a small conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia called The Text and Canon Conference which focused on offering a clear definition of what it means when people advocate for the Masoretic Hebrew and Received Greek text. For those that are not up to date with all of the jargon, the MasoreticContinue reading “Memoirs of an ESV-Onlyist: Reflecting on the Text and Canon Conference”

Putting the Conversation in Perspective

Introduction It may be difficult for many people to see the relevance of the textual discussion. This is often because it is rare that a positive case is made for the modern critical text.The majority of exposure people get to this conversation from a modern critical text position are simply polemics and a healthy doseContinue reading “Putting the Conversation in Perspective”