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From the Pastor's Pulpit


Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little

"Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is Candor Dispassion and I will be your moderator for this session of the Pastor's Pulpit. Today we have as guests two very well known pastors who represent opposing sides of the issue of the reliability of the Bible. On my right we have Pastor Armando Archaic representing the traditional view. Thank you for being our guest Pastor Archaic."

"Thank you for having me Mr Dispassion."

"And with me on my left is Pastor Variant VanGuard representing the modern view. Thank you for joining us Pastor VanGuard."

"My pleasure to be here Mr Dispassion."

"To begin this session of the Pastor's Pulpit, I would like to establish some foundational precepts. I will begin with you Pastor Archaic. Am I correct in assuming that you believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God and is entirely reliable."

"Absolutely Mr Dispassion. Every jot and tittle is the inspired Word of God Himself, just as Jesus Himself has affirmed it to be. I must add an exception to this statement, however. When I say the inspired word, I mean the King James version, not these more modern books that have been printed of late that distorts and conveniently expunges large portions of Scripture the way that some cults do."

"Thank you Pastor Archaic. And Pastor VanGuard, as I understand it, you also believe in the infallibility of the Bible, is that correct?"

"I do indeed Mr Dispassion. However, I too must define my meaning. The Bible is infallible, but only when it is interpreted correctly. The Bible itself is accurate, but man has distorted it over the centuries and it must needs be corrected."

"Thank you Pastor VanGuard. This established, we will continue. I have a letter from a listener who writes: 'Dear sirs, I'm wondering if you can explain to me what Mark 16:18 is referring to. If the sign of being a Christian is that a person can get bit by a snake and drink poison and not be hurt, then I don't think there's a single Christian in the whole world. Could you explain this to me?' Pastor Archaic, I will begin with you. Do you have any suggestions to offer this listener?"

"Yes I have Mr Dispassion. It has been clearly shown by experts in the field of hermeneutics that the last chapter of Mark has been tampered with over the centuries. In the more reliable versions available to scholars the last chapter of Mark is either missing or stated differently. Because of this most traditionalist tend to exclude this portion of the Bible, and if you will check with the more modern translations you will find a footnote to that effect."

"Thank you Pastor Archaic, and do you have anything to say in this regard Pastor VanGuard?"

"I think so Mr Dispassion. I see nothing wrong with the verse in question. We see in Acts that Paul was bitten by a viper and came to no hurt. And the Apostles were all known for their many miracles. Jesus said in Matthew that many will perform miracles in His name and not even be known by the Lord. As for drinking poison, I never tried it myself, so I can't discount the possibility."

"Thank you Pastor VanGuard. And to the listener who wrote this letter, I hope that helped. I have a letter from another listener who writes: 'Dear Mr Dispassion. I belong to a church that does not believe in the Trinity. Yet I see in the first book of John where he says, and I quote: 5:7 'For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.And there are three that bear witness in earth the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.' I'm confused by this because it looks to me like John is saying that there are three in one. But if there is only one God, then how can John say there are three? Can you ease my mind on this? Thanking you in advance Martha.' Again Pastor Archaic, I will begin with you. Can you shed any light on this portion of Scripture for our listener?"

"Indeed I can Mr Dispassion. Martha, you need not fear. Although I am a pastor of a Trinity believing church, I'm aware of the ambiguity of this passage. This is what's called in the profession Comma Johanneum Don't let the big words throw you, they just mean that the reference to the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost are disputed and it is believed that they do not belong in the Bible. Again, if you check the footnote of most modern Bibles you will see this fact pointed out."

"Thank you Pastor Archaic. And to you Pastor VanGuard, do you have anything to say regarding this listener's question?"

"No Mr Dispassion, but I have a great deal to say to Pastor Archaic. Earlier Pastor Archaic, you were so adamant in your belief that the Bible, especially the King James, was the infallible Word of God. And you quite pointedly condemned me because I believe there are some portions of the Bible, at least in the King James, that were translated incorrectly. Now, every subject that has been brought up to plate, you've set aside by stating that the Bible, at least the King James version, is in error. It would seem to me Pastor Archaic, that you do not believe what you are preaching, and that you above all people should not be in the midst of the mud puddle calling others unclean."

17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 5:)

18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Rev 22:)

17And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. (Luke 19:)




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