1. 5 + hours of 6 chapters of teaching on Galatians
2. need to respond to Perry Robinson’s article:
“Are you flying Solo?”
R. C. Sproul has a great answer to this issue in his little book, “Knowing Scripture” on pages 34-36. Basically, we have the right to interpret Scripture, but we do not have the right to distort Scripture and claim it is our conscience or that the Holy Spirit told me. Luther’s statement at the end of the Diet of Worms in 1521 did not mean that conscience can over-rule everything and anything or any interpretation no matter what. We are still responsible to interpret Scripture properly and correctly. So, we are not “flying solo” because we have the infallible Scriptures (Sola Scriptura) and secondary authorities in the local church authority and and also good sound historical interpretations/commentaries/pastors/teachers/creeds and councils that are Biblical, etc. and both the right to interpret Scripture, but also the Responsibility to interpret Scripture properly.
The other “elephant in the room” is the historical problem of the church’s use of force to judge heretics/apostasy/unbelievers, whether it is Justinian (500s Ad) and Heraclius (600s AD) or the Crusades or Spanish Inquisition or Calvin’s Geneva or Zwingli’s city council that drowned those that re-baptized themselves, based on their adult repentant-faith in Christ alone.
Luther’s statement at the Diet of Worms in 1521 was not meant to put individual conscience above all other authorities (as Perry seems to say), but given all the other truths that Luther agreed with in the Roman Catholic at the time, he was arguing for his interpretation of justification by faith alone against those Roman Catholic traditions that go against that clear Biblical doctrine.
Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen
Luther at the Diet of Worms in 1521
3. The death of Jesus and defeat of Islam: by Mike Licona
4. Gospel of John history or theology? by Michael Kruger
5. Answering Muslim attacks on Matthew 27:46/Mark 15:34
Answering Muslim attacks on Jesus and His cry from the cross:
About Matthew 27:46 / Mark 15:34
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
1. He was quoting Psalm 22:1, which would alert the Jews to refer to it and read the rest of it, and see Psalm 22:8 and 22:14-19 and the fulfillment of several other things in those verses. (see also Matthew 27:43, quoting Ps. 22:8 and Luke 23:34 b is quoting Psalm 22:18 (and John 19:24); and Psalm 22:16 is a description of the crucifixion (they pierced my hands and feet) [ I am aware of the textual variant in Hebrew, but the LXX Greek is clear. ]
2. He is expressing the feelings of being forsaken as He bore the wrath of God against sin. (Galatians 3:10-13; Isaiah 53:6; Isaiah 53:10) But He was not abandoned, even though it seemed like it, because He was bearing the penalty and wrath of God against sin; He was bearing God the Father’s justice against sin. verses 19 to the end of Psalm 22 shows that God vindicated the Son Jesus; and there is no abandonment or “split” in the Trinity. Feelings of abandonment is not actual abandonment; and bearing the wrath of God was very heavy and serious and He really experienced and felt that.