A Troubling Conversation With Respected Brothers

I recently had a troubling Facebook conversation with two brothers who I have come to respect.  The conversation basically centered around the idea of using the commentaries of other people to lead Bible study.  The basic issue seemed to be split between the notion of plagiarism and the notion that, if a person is wrong on any single point in their understanding, then everything they understand should be held suspect and — therefore — ignored.  There was also something about rejecting the ‘opinion’ of those who have any formal schooling in Scripture studies in favor of the ‘conclusions’ drawn by those who rely on the Holy Spirit to tell them what the Scriptures mean.  I know these two brothers mean well, and their heart is in the correct place, but there was so much wrong in this conversation that troubled me.  It still does… Continue reading “A Troubling Conversation With Respected Brothers”