Sorry for missing getting this up on Monday. We have been fighting the weakness of the flesh in my home for the past few days, and we still are, I’m afraid. So I’m a little slow getting back up to speed.
I will have to be brief and, well, obvious, this week. What I mean by that is there is a text that I have spoken on so many times, have written about so many times, that obviously I have it memorized, and I firmly believe that any person today who wishes to respond to the challenges of the Christian faith must not only have this text memorized, but must understand what it says, why it says it, and how it is relevant today. If you listen to the DL, you’ve heard me say it repeatedly: no matter how widely divergent the apologetic challenge in its external manifestations, in almost every single instance it all comes down to the question, “Has God spoken clearly in the Scriptures or not?” And so in many of my books I have addressed, and offered exegesis of, the following text, here taken from the NIV:
2 Tim. 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
I chose the NIV because it accurately handles the meaning of the Greek term qeo,pneustoj (theopneustos) by rendering it “God-breathed” rather than “inspired,” and it likewise is better than the NASB in rendering the final “thoroughly equipped for every good work.” I have written much on this text. You will find discussions of it in Letters to a Mormon Elder, The King James Only Controversy, The Roman Catholic Controversy, and, of course, Scripture Alone. And years ago Larry Vondra took the time to transcribe the entire section from Warfield on the meaning of qeo,pneustoj, which is available here. I can truly say that the truth enunciated in this text is what separates solid, consistent, biblical Christianity from everything and anything else. Once you part company from the Apostles here, you will never cross their path again.