Thursday, September 6, 2007

Get out of the way

From Jared Wilson at The Gospel-Driven Church:
Here's a choice quote on "making the Bible relevant" from a book by Ben Patterson called Preaching to Convince that I saw at Theocentric Preaching tonight:
This particular temptation used to be the sole province of the liberal theological tradition. But in the past few years, it has gained a number of victims in the evangelical community . . . The sin courted in this temptation is the presumption that it is the Bible that is dead and we who are alive . . .

Is the Bible relevant? Dr. Bernard Ramm once remarked, “There is nothing more relevant than the truth.” The longer I preach, the more convinced I become that the best thing I can do is simply get out of Scripture’s way.
Yes. Love that. "The best thing I can do is simply get out of Scripture's way."

I am a big fan of the notion we can't make the Bible relevant; it already is relevant.

Reminds me of that great Spurgeon quote:
Scripture is like a lion. Who ever heard of defending a lion? Just turn it loose; it will defend itself.
The Gospel-Driven Church: Nothing Wrong with the Seed: or, Getting Out of Scripture's Way

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:56 AM

    The question arises in pop culture where life moves so fastthe presentation of the Bible.
    WHile I still favor the use of the Roman Road, my use of Gospel tracts continues to lessen.


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