Biblical Literacy

“A less naïve, more discerning church must start with deeper biblical literacy.”

"If a person doesn’t realize that their understanding of the Bible lacks appropriate context and depth, they end up navigating the stormy cultural waters in whatever way happens to make sense to them based on what they think the Bible says. Ironically, without an accurate biblical anchor, their Christian views get completely watered down by the cultural waves" - Natasha Crain

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Arkansas House OKs bill requiring schools offer Bible course

"The bill approved by the House on Tuesday ... would require a public school to offer the academic study of the Bible if at least 15 students request one. The course would be taught in what the legislation calls a 'nondevotional manner with no attempt made to indoctrinate students.'" - Fox News

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Bringing the Bible Back: Could Growing Public School Movement Backfire?

"A movement to start Bible classes in public schools is gaining ground. Seven states already recognize these classes and six more could soon follow....the same schools teaching their kids about sexuality and science would now teach them the Bible." - CBN

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Biblical Literacy, Part 1

From Think on These Things, March 2017; used with permission.

I concluded my article titled “Biblical Illiteracy” with these words:

Biblical illiteracy is well recognized today. There are many reasons why not only the general population but also the evangelical church has little understanding and knowledge of Scripture, and I have tried to identify some of these in the body of this article. With all of the attacks on the trustworthiness of Scripture, coupled with general lack of biblical knowledge and apathy toward what it proclaims, it would be easy to despair for the future of the Scriptures.

But God’s Word always accomplishes that which it is sent forth by the Lord to accomplish (Isa 55:1) which is to teach, reprove, correct and train His people in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). We have the promise of Jesus that His Word will never pass away (Matt 24:35). Rather than despair we should make every effort to pass along the Lord’s truth to the next generation (Deut 6:4-9; Psalm 145:4). At this point we need to consider some means to do so. What can we personally, and corporately as the church, do to address the issue of biblical illiteracy?

It is to this subject we now turn.

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