Nobility and Knowability Truth Ministries

All resources are produced to bring God’s truth to His people in a clear, accurate, practical manner.

David Mappes Bible Teacher

Knowability of Truth

Throughout the last forty years, conservative evangelical scholars have seriously engaged issues of enculturation, accommodation, and theological method.1 This interaction is providing a healthy chastening of hermeneutics, epistemology, and theological method. Historical studies clearly demonstrate that the early post-apostolic church, the reformers as did the Puritans, Princetonians, and even the historical fundamentalist (especially before social-fundamentalism with the Scopes trials) differentiated first-order apostolic doctrine from types of theological syntheses. Thus degrees of interpretative certainty were proffered.

While not everyone practiced this type of stratification in theological method, it was nonetheless generally understood that while some doctrines were held in an absolute manner (as objective doctrinal criteria) other doctrines were held in a less weighty manner (more of a theological synthesis and denominational distinctive).

Some contemporary evangelicals continue to call for a more chastened view in the hermeneutical and theological process so as to distinguish between what is held as first-order doctrine and praxis when compared to doctrines derived from theological synthesis. In addition, some brethren are asking for more of a dialogical-theological process that begins with the implications (or significance) of truth as opposed to beginning with the truth itself. They suggest a process whereby we move from current societal-theological issues of concern and then work back into the meaning of the Scripture and than back to the actual societal

MORAL VIRTUES ASSOCIATED WITH ELDERSHIP

This article provides a detailed analysis of the source and function of the lists of virtues and vice as codified in the elder qualifications. The study examines the source and function of the elder qualification while rebutting some proponents of the sociological-historical-exegetical approaches to these passages concluding that Paul did not simply copy or mirror Hellenistic virtues of the day nor did the list of virtues suggest the church was striving to fit into the Graeco-Roman society.

Bibliotheca Sacra (April-June, 2003), 202-18.

THE CHRISTIAN AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: A BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL OVERVIEW

This article provides an in-depth Biblical and theological discussion for the basis of Christian civil disobedience.

Baptist Bulletin Digital Edition July August 2015

SOLA FIDE! FUTURE JUSTIFICATION: A PRESENT REALITY OR FUTURE RECOGNITION

This article is a non-technical overview of the Reformers’ view of “Justification by Faith” while critiquing the view of “Future Justification” promoted by some New Perspective on Paul advocates (e.g, N.T. Wright).

Baptist Bulletin September-October 2017

THEOLOGICAL COMPENDIUM PAPERS

Compendium- a concise piece of detailed information. These Theological Compendiums are brief position papers on both theological and pastoral-related issues. 

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