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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Parenthetical Statement

From Josh Harris, given at Mark Driscoll's Reform and Resurge Conference quoting Mark Dever, who shared this at the Together for the Gospel Conference (I think I just set my hyperlinks-per-sentance-fragment record):
What we need is humble theology—theology which submits itself to the truth of God's Word. “Liberal” theology—theology which does not view Scripture as finally trustworthy and authoritative—is not humble before the Word. Churches which are tentative and decry dogmatism may sound humble, but it is not truly humble to do anything other than to submit to God's Word. Christian humility is to simply accept whatever God has revealed in His Word. Humility is following God's Word wherever it goes, as far as it goes, neither going beyond it nor stopping short of it. The humility we want in our churches is to read the Bible and believe it—everything God has said, dogmatically, and humbly! It is not humble to be hesitant where God has been clear and plain.
Amen Mark via Josh Harris via Mark!

In my effort to be succinct (which I tend to fail) and be clear (which I usually fail), I fear that my posts can sometimes come across as "know-it-all-y." I truly desire to teach only what the Bible teaches, but also all that the Bible teaches. I agree with Dever that to pretend not to know what Scripture does say is not truly humility. (I am not saying that all that Scripture says is clearly articulated, but the gospel certainly is.)


  • At 2:35 PM, Blogger marissa finch said…

    that first sentence is impressive!
    Except, Danny i think i am quite possibly in sin at the moment because i am so awe-struck at your sentence that it is taking away from my reverence for God. :) ahhhhh stop! ((i am now down to 2 exclamation points for the rest of my life since i commented on your's and charity's posts! ahh...there goes another one? (i have to save my last one..hence the question mark.))

  • At 8:08 AM, Anonymous fisher said…

    You're probably familiar with Deuteronomy 29:29 which says, "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."(NKJV) I understand this must read in context, but can't partakers of the new covenant apply this as well? Great freedom but greater responsibility.

  • At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Eric E said…

    WOW, I love that statement on Humble Theology. I attend a 'christian college' that thought their were the very cutting edge of the christian world view on everything. Especially in understranding the bible through their eyes. Marks definition sumd up what I felt then (late 70's and early 80's) and today with many in the 'cutting' edge church movement. The Bible is to be read and we are to adjust to it, not the other way around. God is either GOD, and has control of EVERYTHING. Or we are on this ship all alone. C. S. Lewis had it right many years ago. Jesus is either a liar, lunatic or LORD. No other options. No matter what allah, or buddha or the liberal prof's or the emergent (favor of the day) leader says.
    Thanks for reading, me and my spleen feel much better now.
    Eric from Kansas

  • At 12:21 PM, Blogger danny2 said…


    i am familiar with deuteronomy 29:29 and LOVE that passage. there are things we CAN NOT know about God, and His glory is revealed in our ineptitude and inability to comprehend.

    however, that very verse continues: but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

    this passage speaks to the perspicuity of Scripture. sure, there are elements of Scripture that we can't fully fathom, just as there are elements of God that can't be known. however, there are many things that are made clearly visible to us (especially the gospel) to which we do not bring God glory to treat as if they are mysterious.

    it is because of that greater responsiblity that you speak, that would should be extra careful.

    it is not humility to pretend we can't know the answer when God's Word says we can every bit as much as it isn't humility to say we have an answer that God's Word does not reveal.

  • At 12:51 PM, Anonymous fisher said…

    uh ... ok ... i was actually agreeing with you, in that we should apply this WHOLE verse (i think i pasted the whole verse in, although i'm new at this) even though it speaks of THIS LAW (OT), which I can now (NT) interpret to be 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

  • At 1:07 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    my bad fisher.

    don't negate that the Law has use in this covenant too. it is the tutor that leads a person to Christ.

    the Law is a wonderful tool in evangelism, as it establishes our failure to meet the righteous requirements of God.

    the Law is wonderful in worship as it reminds us of His grace despite our failures.

    the Law is wonderful in sanctification as it reveals God righteous character helps us see how He desires we live. (i'm speaking of the moral law here, not the societal or ritual law in the o.t.)

    thanks for reading fisher. do i know you?

  • At 7:13 AM, Anonymous fisher (josh) said…

    great points. yes you know me or at least know who i used to be and fight to kill every day. (sorry for not making that clear earlier) mcgriff hyper-linked me to your spot. keep up the good fight

  • At 10:32 AM, Blogger danny2 said…


    great to hear from you. we haven't seen each other in ages, but the grace of God in your life has been a tremendous encouragment to me!

    we'll have to get together some time with mcgriff!

  • At 7:25 AM, Anonymous Akron Dude said…

    I have my own "parenthetical statement" to make.

    (Cavs in six.)

    (Oh wait, they lost in seven.)

    Same thing.

    Cavs fans of course wish they had won game seven, but wow - what a feeling to do so well in the playoffs in Bronny's first year!


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