Hermeneutics is a method where we keep examining Scripture from passage to passage, and we only stop until all doubts are cleared.
This is where the snag stands and where the rubber meets the road. Conservative believers see righteousness as demonstrable deeds, whereas Pentecostals sees it as a mere state of being declared right.
The furor between your leaders and me is not about defining righteousness. It is more of an issue of pride. While they see me as a person they thought is walking proud, thinking I am self-righteous, whereas I see them as being foolishly proud of walking around wearing their unrighteous deeds, thinking they have imputed righteousness.
Christ Jesus then no longer becomes their Savior, but He is being watered down to validate their unrighteousness to be communally acceptable, and this awkward composition is then to become the basis of their gospel truth.
The real straw that broke the camel’s back is the way your leaders handled what they claim to be, allowing Christian liberty to thrive in their room.
While I have been sharing my views and openly invited others to question me, but Lawrence told me it is the way others felt being silent by the way I speak. Am I not clear that I have laid open my views and invite everyone to examine and criticize me? Like, you have asked me many questions, and have I not diligently answered every one of them? I honor what I have said, the Bible verses I have shared and the statements I have made. I do not shy away from the responsibility of explaining myself.
On the other hand, I also sensed that I should not question Pentecostal beliefs in the room, because of two reasons; (1) other people are not like me, they do not necessarily like to be questioned; and (2) I don’t see a need to question them, because I see what is being done as merely them saying what they are saying as often as possible, as their way of legitimizing what they believe is the truth.
The only time I stated my point out loud, is when i suggested to Peter, that one of the ways for him to allow others to better understand him, is for him not to quote multiple statements with multiple verses from multiple chapters and then expecting others to stitch them together like he does, and expecting others to agree with him without really understanding how he stitches the bible verses together.
When he positions himself that way, while I have to study and find the meaning of the Scripture he shared, I also have the added burden to figure out whether the method he used to stitch the verses together to make his conclusion, is rightly done or otherwise.
Peter calls this hermeneutics. Hermeneutics is a method where we keep examining Scripture from passage to passage, and we only stop until all doubts are cleared. Peter’s approach is not hermeneutics, he stops examining at the point of where Bible passages seems to favor his view, and he goes no further. And he also appears to be in no favor of allowing anyone to go further as to what he believes is the truth.
My authority comes from the Bible. Whereas, the authority that your leaders appears to be exercising, seems to be more like they are implying that because they are the owners of the room, therefore as long as anyone stays in their room, the Bible can only be allowed to be what they think it is suppose to be.
And if anyone wants to call another person a false teacher or accusing him of bringing destructive teachings, then he better be ready to be questioned, because by stating so, this is no longer Bible exposition, but questioning the person’s credibility. If you call out a real false teacher a false teacher, then you are standing in the truth, nothing happens to you. But if you are wrong, it then becomes a false accusation, or bearing false witnessing against others.
Calling a person a false teacher is a very serious matter. Because the Bible said it, all false teachers are to be punished to death. By implying that a person is a false teacher, we are actually saying that the person do not have salvation.
Hence the reason why I said, if I am a believer of Christ and if I also do what is right, do I not qualify for salvation according to how the Pentecostals defined salvation? Or by doing what is right and teaching others to do what is right, will this condemn me to hell? Nobody answered me, but the only thing I got in return is more people making unsubstantiated conclusions against me.