I received a link to the following video in a tweet from @TheActiveWord. It seems so closely related to my last post that I’d include it here:
There are several things I agree with here. First, I do believe that the Bible has the sovereignty of God and the responsibility (of which some sort of free will seems to be a corollary) of humanity. Second, I also find labels confining. Yet the very act of using language involves assigning labels, and I note that Rev. Coy is unafraid to apply labels to the editors of Christianity Today.
But the bottom line again is the idea, presented right toward the end, that one can be a “Bibleist” and believe “the Word of God” without “man’s interpreations.” Yet even the statement that the concepts of sovereignty and responsibility exist together in some sort of tension is an interpretation.
I don’t understand why so many Christians are afraid to admit that they are interpreting and then they are following their interpretations. It sounds so pious to claim that one is following just the word of God without any human involvement. But by the very fact of recognizing it as God’s word, reading it, and applying it, you are interpreting it. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s just a fact.