The Theology of the Text: What Does it Mean to Have Certainty in Scripture?

This article is the ninth in the series called “The Theology of the Text,” designed to cover the topic of the text in short, accessible articles. The Theology of the Text: What Does it Mean to Have Certainty in Scripture?  The most important experiential practice for a Christian when they read their Bible is believingContinue reading “The Theology of the Text: What Does it Mean to Have Certainty in Scripture?”

The Theology of the Text: How Should Evidence Be Used?

This article is the fifth in the series called “The Theology of the Text,” designed to cover the topic of the text in short, accessible articles.  The Theology of the Text: How Should Evidence Be Used? There are approximately 5100 to 5600 extant Biblical manuscripts today, depending on how they are counted. Some scholars estimateContinue reading “The Theology of the Text: How Should Evidence Be Used?”

The Theology of the Text: Who Gives Authority to Scripture?

This article is the third in the series called “The Theology of the Text,” designed to cover the topic of the text in short, accessible articles.  The Theology of the Text Part III: Scripture as Self-Authenticating The doctrine of the self-authenticating (αυτοπιστος) Scriptures has been largely neglected in the modern Reformed-ish church. This is theContinue reading “The Theology of the Text: Who Gives Authority to 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”

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”

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”