Unfortunate article on Bible reading contrasts sharply with my article today

The author of this misinformed article concludes:

Is this an argument for doing without Bibles? Of course not. But it might encourage us to think a little harder about the other ways in which God speaks to us and builds up his people, and it might stop us being too hard on those who don’t find Bible reading easy. God will always bless those who seek him, and he doesn’t always need a book to do so.

So how does the author explain the deep knowledge that Israel had of God’s word? He has abandoned the all-sufficiency of the word of God, because he wants to diminish the importance and authority of the Bible in the lives of Christians. He is, after all, a self-styled “reverend” and a “Baptist,” neither of which titles can be found in the Bible for any saint of God.

We’d be most happy to hear how it is that God “speaks to us” outside the Bible. And how can one know that God blesses those who seek him, if not by what the Bible says?

The article was published today, as was mine — without knowledge of his, since it was written last week — on Forthright Magazine: “What do you see?“, which says, in part:

He who seeks God will find him in the Book. For here does God come to meet with man, here is revealed the mind of God, here the Pathway opens up to the glories of heaven.

The above-mentioned author calls the word of God “a book;” I call it “the Book.” These two miles-apart approaches explain why he is a Baptist reverend and I am a Christian, one of God’s little ones.


J. Randal Matheny

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