Aug

19

2011

Justin Taylor|4:45 pm CT

Smelling the Difference Between Those Who Sit Under and Those Who Stand Over

Dane Ortlund:

Bible; Bible; Bible. Sit under, not stand over. Self-consciously, not assumingly. It’s tantalizingly easy (I have found in my own thinking) to slip from claimed biblical authority with functional biblical authority to claimed biblical authority with functional personal-framework authority. Anyone can extract a few texts and make ‘the Bible’ say what they want. The question is: whose delineation presents biblical truth with the rhythm and flavor of the Bible itself? We can sound clever, and quote texts, all the while lacking the aroma of truth that arises from a wise synthesis of all the Bible says. You can smell when someone’s really sitting under the Bible, the whole Bible, or not.

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