PRACTICAL USE OF THE BIBLE

 

All applications of Scripture must be governed by hermeneutics.

The Bible is a book of principles, not a catalogue of specific directions. (It is possible to conform to code without a change of heart.)

The Bible emphasis is upon the inner spiritual life rather than social circumspection.

Commands in the Bible culture must be translated into our culture (Principles are eternal, practices are temporal.)

There is a distinction between what the Bible records and what it approves.

Express commands to specific individuals are not the will of God for us.

We do not need to literally reproduce the Biblical situation.

 Not all of the promises in the Bible are ours:

Note whether the promise is universal or particular.

Note whether the promise is personal or not.

Note whether the promise is conditional.

Note whether the promise is for our time.

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