Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Mystery Quote

Remember, only one rule: No Googling.
Perhaps the greatest contradiction in Fundamentalism has been this dialectic of embracing the highest view of inspiration while failing to practice the highest level of communication. In fact, in some sectors of Fundamentalism it might be accurate to say that we have degenerated to the lowest levels of communication. It's too easy to take a text and "take a fit." If Scripture were only a compilation of human thoughts about God composed by religious men, such an approach to preaching would be pardonable. But since Scripture is a revelation of divine truth from God revealed to holy men under the superintendence of the Holy Spirit, such an approach to preaching is unpardonable. The humble task of the preacher is to spend his life telling his people what somebody else said, namely, God! Too many men who are loyal to the task of defending the inspired word are traitors to the task of proclaiming it. God has not called us to invent our messages out of our own minds but to discover them in His Word. This will require a discipline which is prepared to endure the tedium of careful exegesis and diligent study so that we can speak God's Word with authority.

6 comments:

Coach C said...

Tom Farrell

What's the prize? Maybe the tape of the USA's first round WC match. . .

Brother Hank said...

I don't know who said it, and I certainly couldn't watch the Czechs beat up on our boys again...
but I definately think the quote deserves a hearty "AMEN!"

Andy Efting said...

Douglas McLachlan

Ben said...

It is McLachlan. In true McLachlan style, he coined a term in the sentences that precede this quote (Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism, p. 11-12). He says, "Some of us have fallen into the abyss of preaching impositionally rather than expositionally. To preach impositionally means to impose our thoughts on the text rather than to derive God's thoughts from the text.

Andy Efting said...

I guess that was too easy to earn a TNIV? Not that I really want one. You could send one to Ryan, instead.

Michael C. said...

Another quote contest missed because I was at work. Sigh. At least I didn't miss a good prize this time.