Laura and I went to church with my family on Sunday at First Baptist in Kermit, TX. As a disclaimer: it was a good church full of friendly people who actually knew and loved one another, which made for some wonderful moments and a set of proud parents. Any of the following critical thoughts result from a broader look at the evangelical movement, and are not to be directed specifically at this pastor or his church.
The pastor preached on a passage from Mark (7:24-30) with a sermon directed at encouraging parents. It was a good message (give or take a couple of side tracks) but it had very little to do with the passage in Mark. Sure there was a mom who was petitioning to Jesus on behalf of her daughter, but the main point of the story revolved around her not being Jewish. If there was a side point it might have had to do with Jesus needing rest. His good sermon was supported with the wrong scripture.
We were wondering if this is eventual result of Sola Scriptura in a fallen world. Sola Scriptura when used properly says that the ultimate authority is Scripture. However, eventually it takes away any truth besides scripture so that when saying anything authoritative, you are required to find some measure of Bible (however out of context) that might back you up. With this comes the rejection of any truth but what is found in the Bible, and the formation of the Christian “bubble”.
The only way anything is kept alive in this world is through rebirth. It takes constant and repetitive diligence in finding out why things don’t work and fixing them. My call is not against Sola Scripture but the strengthening of it. Authority should come from the Bible but we should realize that it might come from other places as well. Said another way, scripture is our standard but truth is embedded within all the Lord has created.
Oh, and if anyone has an excellent interpretation for the Mark passage I would love to hear that as well.