What does it take to “correctly handle the word of truth” in light of the doctrine of salvation?
Some statements where made this week that could lead some astray.
Because of this, I’d like to take a brief look at 3 themes, hit on some things that were said, and clarify these Biblically.
An Understanding of the Gospel
Here’s what was said this week:
“People are lost because a demon controls the way they think.
We need to work to clear their mind through prayer so they can hear the Gospel.”
The presenter used
Another statement was made:
“The only reason why anyone will go to hell is that we have not taken our place of authority to bind the strong man, insisting on their salvation.”
What is wrong with these?
People are lost because they’ve sinned against God.
People are lost
People don’t hear the truth because they’ve suppressed it.
God does the saving apart from you and I.
Concord family, pray for your lost friends!
Plead with them!
Beg them to come to Christ!
It is not your fault if they don’t accept Jesus as their Savior.
You want to be obedient and share Christ.
You are accountable to share the Good News, but not for their soul.
People aren’t separated from God because you’ve prayed wrongly, but because they are sinners!
It was also said this week that the Bible calls us to “get people saved.”
This is also not correct.
We are to share Jesus with them, but more importantly, we are specifically called to make disciples, not converts.
A Correct Understanding of Hermeneutics
A basic definition of Hermeneutics is the study of a text in a way that the intended message is made clear to the reader or hearer.
Why is this important?
Take the “telephone” game that people play for example.
What if I told you that tonight we are having Brandon’s baptism at 5pm at the Glazebrook’s house, you told the next person, and so forth, but when it got back to me the message was totally different?
The intended meaning was lost somewhere.
Maybe it was due to someone not speaking clearly, you weren’t listening, or you don’t like Brandon and you wanted to hinder everyone coming to his baptism!
It is critical that we understand the intended message of God through the NT authors.
When we do this correctly, we are Exegeting scripture.
Exegetics: A proper understanding of the “general import of scripture and that of it’s individual portions.”
The parts cannot be understand without the whole.
When we do this incorrectly, something called Eisegesis happens:
Eisegesis: the practice of imposing a preconceived or foreign meaning onto a text, even if that meaning could not have been originally intended at the time of its writing.
the practice of imposing a preconceived or foreign meaning onto a text, even if that meaning could not have been originally intended at the time of its writing.
Stanley Grenz, David Guretzki, and Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), 49.
It was said this week that we pray wrongly because we aren’t praying what we’ve been commanded.
“In Jesus’ name, I bind the demon...
The speaker not only took the text out of context, but missed the entire meaning of this verse within this section.
The point is found in
Jesus is the strong man!
In Him alone strength is found.
He alone has all power!
Here’s one more example.
Friends, this verse is not taking about sanctifying your unbelieving friends.
Take a look at .
Who is Peter addressing this letter to?
He’s talking to believers here, not the lost!
The speaker talked about when one person in a household coming to Christ, all should do so!
He used Biblical examples!
Cornelius’ house, the Philippian jailer, and more.
These are descriptive, not prescriptive!
A Correct Understanding of God
God has given believers a responsibility to share the Word with others.
He has not given us the responsibility to save them.
1 Peter 2
Friends, God does the saving.
Do we want to and need to pray for our lost friends?
Does God hear your prayers?
Do they come to Christ because you prayed just right?
They come to Christ the same way you and I did, through faith and repentance, believing and receiving the Good News of the Gospel, being radically changed by the power of the Holy Spirit!