5 Questions A Biblicist Should Ponder

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The term Biblicist has a broad definition. However in this article, I’ll address the Biblicist as a Christian who claims to be neither Calvinist or Arminian and believes that the Bible alone is the only and final authority. You can find them in some fundamental, independent or Bible Baptist circles . They encourage us to be one rather than choose the two, because for them, the Biblicist stand is the biblical one. While it might look noble and virtuous, however by testing the Biblicist position with these five questions, you’ll be surprise that it won’t hold water.

Are you just ignoring the issue?

Some believers just don’t want to be caught in this controversial topic, so they use the position as a trump card to dismiss it. Rather than look at it as an opportunity to have a meaningful discussion and to hear both sides of the issue, they resort it by saying that they are a Biblicist. Well this is not merely an exercise of choosing which side. It’s a question on who or what is biblically sound.

Are you just ignorant of the issue?

Yet some doesn’t have any clue of the matter.  So they jump on the bandwagon to fellow Christians who holds the Biblicist position without thinking it over.  However, the first question and this one doesn’t solve the issue, rather it leads to further anti intellectualism that is so prevalent in this group.

How do you define the Biblicist view?

Whenever I hear someone explain what a Biblicist is, some automatically quote 1 Timothy 3: 16-17, then declare that their belief is on the Bible alone in matters of Christian living, ministries and doctrine.   If by defining Biblicist meant that you adhere to  Scripture alone as the final authority, then a Calvinist can also be called Biblicist (Remember the 5 Solas include Sola Scriptura). In fact,  looking at their theological richness biblically and historically, Calvinism fits in that category. And please don’t appeal on the catechisms or confessions and view it as equal to Scriptures. You’ll end up misrepresenting the Reformed view.  I cant speak for the Arminian but I believe they will also appeal and say that the Bible is their final authority. So by that they are also Biblicist.

What are the basic doctrines a Biblicist adherent to?

As a Calvinist I can point out the doctrine of grace through the TULIP acrostics. As for the Arminians, well I’m not sure but as I check out the web, some might sum it up with the acrostic DAISY (Diminished Depravity, Abrogated Election, Impersonal Atonement, Sedentary grace and Yieldable Justification) although our Arminian friends might disagree. So how about our Biblicist friends? What doctrinal points can they show that is neither Calvinistic or Arminianistic? If they claim to be neural from both and scriptural at the same time, then they have to present something distinct  from the two.

Which brings us to the last question….

Are you just a closet Arminian? 

When push becomes a shove, a Biblicist will try to defend their position against a Calvinist. As they defend their position, you’ll notice that their counter arguments are similar with what an Arminian. Sure, they might not believe in losing ones salvation (neither some Arminians), however by looking on what doctrines they stand you can easily say that their defending Arminianism. They might say they don’t but in reality they are.

As we question the so called Biblicist position, we can see that rather untangling themselves from the issue they further thrown into confusion.  Rather side stepping the issue why not confront it. Try studying it, checking the Scriptures and praying for it. By then we will really understand and know the issue.

Show Me Thy Glory

I was in for a treat. Yes a spiritual one. To begin with I’m not prepared for this. It was a bad idea for not bringing a camera over our church. Then we were told we will attend a church anniversary service. I miss an opportunity to document it. It wasn’t bad I still got Ptr. Edwin Tan’s autograph. But more than (and much more than that!) that I get to hear his preaching on Exodus 33. It turned out to be a blessed night for us. I may not be able to shoot some photos but I got to sit down and jot the message from this beloved pastor. The message was penetrating for us who are constantly seeking God and wanting to know Him deeply. I hope and pray that this message will also have an impact to you.

Show Me Thy Glory by Ptr. Edwin Tan

Text: Exodus 33: 18-23

And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

 

And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

 

And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

 

And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

 

And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

 

And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

 

Introduction: Moses has already witness God’s power. He now wants to see God’s glory.

Dilemma: We can’t see God’s glory and live!

Question: How can we see God’s glory?

I. Acknowledge His Grace (v.19)

 

  1. Jesus died for our sin (Romans 8:1)
  2. The cross coming to your life

II. Appreciate His Goodness (v. 18)

  1. Understand His goodness to us.
  2. Look not only in the big things but also on the little things God gave to us.

III. Accept His Guidance. (v. 23)

  1. Be on the right spot to see his guidance and glory

Conclusion:

Question: Do you want to see God and His glory?

Answer: Be on the back part of God and be ready to follow Him.

I Met Ptr. Pio Tica in Person!

Our mother church, Good Shepherd Baptist Church Batangas City had its 31st Anniversary last Dec. 11, 2011 with Ptr. Pio Tica as guest speaker. He is one of the prominent pastor in the Philippines and an author like his brother, Ptr. Gavino Tica. He is the pastor of Malabon International Baptist Church. Having the theme “Desiring God Above All”, Ptr. Tica preached Psalms 73: 21-28. It’s truly a blessing to hear this pastor and jot down the his sermon (thanks to Sis Mhei for filling some missing parts and for Sis May for scribbling some of it on my notebook J).

Desiring God

Psalms 73: 21-28

  1. What People Desire
    1. Prosperity
    2. Protection
    3. Provision
  2. Desire of God’s People

Psalms 73: 25

Exodus 33: 14-15

  1. Let us desire to delight the Word of God Psalms 1: 1-3
  2. Desire the will of God-
    1. Let me know your will God and I’m willing to obey
    2. The biggest accomplishment you can have in life is to know the just will of God

3.            Desire to Worship God Phil. 4: 6-7

Conclusion:  “If you have Jesus Christ, you have everything. If you don’t have Jesus Christ you have nothing. “

After the preaching, I was able to get his autograph and had a picture with him (thanks Bro. Henry).