Scripture & Plain Reason
Welcome to The Scripture & Plain Reason Blog. Thanks for reading (or at least beginning to read!) my inaugural post. I blogged intermittently here for years. For some time I have been considering a fresh start, an updated look and a new space to talk about Christianity, the church, culture, and things that I care about. So here it is.
Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. -Martin Luther
As with most famous people, there are a lot of quotes attributed to the well-known Reformer, Martin Luther. One quote credited to Luther is from when he was summoned to the Diet of Worms in 1521. He was pressured to recant his teachings. He replied with conviction. Luther allegedly answered that unless he was convinced by Scripture and plain reason he would not recant. As I considered this new outlet, I thought that those four words (Scripture and plain reason) would make a great title for a blog. I am hopeful that these weekly posts will platform the Scriptures as the most important Word on any subject and that the content will be clear and plain to each of our minds.
You should probably know about some of my presuppositions. I am convinced that the Bible (all 66 Books) is inspired by God, is without error (inerrant) and is completely trustworthy (infallible). I also believe in the perspicuity (clarity) of Scripture. That's a big word that simply means "plain" or "understandable." The Bible is not a jigsaw puzzle that needs to be put together. And it is not a code that needs to be figured out. The perspicuity of Scripture has been codified in a memorable truism called the Golden Rule of Bible Interpretation which says, "If the plain sense of Scripture makes sense, seek no other sense."
So, let's get to it-Scripture and plain reason!