Tuesday, February 26, 2013

From Mohler to Hendricks to KJV translators

“The written word can do what the spoken word simply cannot do—sit flat on a page and demand attention.” -- Al Mohler

“People tell me they want to make the Bible relevant. Nonsense. The Bible’s already relevant. You’re the one that’s irrelevant!” -- Howard G. Hendricks

"It is amazing how much light the Bible shines on commentaries." -- Howard G. Hendricks

"The Scriptures we are commanded to search...If we be ignorant, they will instruct us; if out of the way, they will bring us home; if out of order, they will reform us; if in heaviness, comfort us; if dull, quicken us; if cold, inflame us. Tolle, lege; Tolle, lege, Take up and read, take up and read the Scriptures..." -- The King James translators, 1611


Stan NJ said...

Hello. First time reader.

A preacher once told me he didn't believe in commentaries, just studying the Bible itself. I said but every time you preach you're making commentary on Scripture to your congregation.

He expected his hearers to listen to his commentaries, but he disdained listening to any other's commentary?

This is a case of hands saying they don't need eyes, or ears saying they don't need feet. We each receive a portion of grace to build up the Body. We should not think little of the labor of those who possess different gifts than our own. And, as Paul admonished us, we are not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought.


R. L. Vaughn said...

Hi, Stan. Welcome to the blog. Glad to have you as a first time reader. Hope you will continue to look around. Thanks for your comments, with which I can agree. I am not sure, but perhaps you have taken the quotes in the post as an objection to commentaries? I think they intend to emphasize the importance of the Bible, and that none of those quoted would object to commentaries. Just want to state that, in case you might have been thinking along that line. For a post that addresses specifically, see Commenting and commentaries.

Thanks again, and have a blessed day.

Stan NJ said...

Hi R.L.

Not exactly, your post simply triggered the memory of that little conversation I had with the preacher.

Thank you for directing me to your other post. My comment would have fit much better over there.


R. L. Vaughn said...

No problem. Thanks, Stan. I realize sometimes posts may not clearly show their meaning, so I wanted to clarify about commentaries. I appreciate your clarification as well. Have a great day.