I was refered to this, which is an article where Brad Jersak describes his view of the “word of God” in relation to the Bible. Very enlightening.
Let’s just say that Jersak writes about sola scriptura and and defines it as “the belief that Scripture stands as our soul authority [contra either the Catholics with their Pope or the Charismatics with their prophecies] and that the Bible = the Word of God.”
That’s in the first hundred or so words, and a definition that is that bad makes him comically suspect as an authority on anything theological. If you think the reformers ever thought of sola scriptura in relation to charismatics, or that sola scriptura means “The Bible is the Word of God”, you’re so far out in left field you’re in the parking lot.
W. Robert Godfrey explains sola scriptura here, and William Webster shows that it’s always been part of historic orthodoxy here. This is also a great article on the subject by John Frame, explaining how it relates to the great commission and deals with 3 misunderstandings of sola scriptura.
Interestingly, Jersak admits that he used to be a bibliolater (one who worshipped the Bible) and he overcame that with exorcism.
Yup. When I read the scriptures, I must always seem to miss “love for the word of God” as a mark of demonic possession…?!?
The more of his writing I read, the further from Christian orthodoxy he gets.
He never mentions repentance or anything involving sin and a changing of the heart. Just exorcism. I wonder why Jesus never tried that with the Pharisees? You’d think that, you know, being God and all he would have known…oh, never mind.
accademic liberalism (read the commentary by Sean Davidson)
Bart Ehrmans understanding of inerrancy (if there’s doubt regarding any apparent contradiction, it’s not inerrant!)
some of the ingredients of Jersak’s theology of the word.
No wonder he’s into prophecy. If I regarded the scriptures as truthful and authoritative on the same level as the yellow pages, I’d abandon it too.
Sad to see names I recognized as friends in the article though. Got some new people to pray for.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “The Armchair JEPD-mocking, sola scriptura trumpeting, Historical Christ-worshipping Inerrantist” Unger
UPDATE – December 2010 – I checked the link to the Clarion Journal article. It’s been removed from the website, removed from the index, and extracted from the Wayback machine. In fact, the entire clarion journal archives have been removed from the Wayback machine.
I wonder why that happened? That’s not something that someone normally does for giggles; it takes a bit of work and seems rather unneccessary…
…unless those archives are somehow incriminating. Hmmm…
I wonder if I write some critiques of Jersak’s other writing, will that writing all of a sudden disappear too? I wonder if such an miniscule and harmless blog such as this one has been noticed?