The Gospel Is Also For Those Who Watch Closed Captioning

I’m going to be speaking at a local church this Sunday, and I am thinking of a way to get people into the proper mindset for the message that will follow. So, here is what I’m thinking of saying:

Folks, I’m about to make a dangerous statement. But first, I’m going to use something to make a point, so please listen carefully.

Romans 10 says:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The Greek word for hearing used in this last verse means to hear with your ear. In fact every instance of “hear, heard, hearing” clearly comes from the word meaning to “hear with the ear”. It says, how shall they hear without a preacher. It is clear that from both the Greek words and the context of the passage that the gospel is being audibly spoken, and it is received through our auditory organs; that is, our ears. This is consistent throughout the discourse of the passage, and never veers from it. Again, let me restate the obvious. Both the Greek words AND the context of the passage clearly indicate that this is an audible exchange.

Now the rules of Bible study set down by my seminary professors require that we adhere to the integrity of the Greek words, and that we must stay within the bounds of the consistent context of the passage. Do you believe the Greek words and the context are divinely inspired? Adhering strictly to these rules with no bending, let me pose a question to my hardline theology professors and those like them…The Scriptures say that faith comes by hearing, and that they cannot hear without a preacher…So, can a deaf person receive faith? If you bend the rules here, where will you stop?

Now, let me present a scenario to my charismatic/pentecostal friends of a certain persuasion. Can a blind person receive the Baptism of the Spirit and remain blind? Yes. Can a crippled person receive the Spirit and still remain crippled? Yes. Can a deaf and dumb, deaf-mute, or a person with a tracheotomy receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and remain unable to speak? Or does the person absolutely have to speak in tongues in order to give evidence of having received the Holy Spirit? (1 Cor. 12:29-30). I’ve seen a man whose countenance was filled with great joy and never utter a sound. He never did speak in tongues, but he sure was experiencing a wonderful vision.

Here’s my dangerous statement: You can hold on to your rules, another will hold on to their denomination’s dogma, and both will miss the Spirit’s message. Don’t lean on your own understanding. The rules are great but you should always inquire and yield to the Spirit first, and let Him teach you. You may call that dangerous, I believe it’s called seeking the Truth. Jesus said that the Scriptures were written, but He never said they were the Writer. Some theologians will use the created book to bind the Creator. The letter killeth, but the Spirit gives life. Others will swallow the biases of their leaders and never question their dogma. Let the Author speak. He is able to speak directly to us. Although He will not oppose the Bible, He may or may not use the Bible to speak to us. Let’s listen to what He has to say, and although we will not abandon good exegesis, let’s allow Him to interpret what is written. Now, let’s get into today’s message.

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7 Responses to The Gospel Is Also For Those Who Watch Closed Captioning

  1. Lisa Lou says:

    Dan, you are true blue. I love that your wheels are steadily in motion and you continue to challenge the stagnant. Thank you for being a stream and not a pond. Love.

    • defrostingwindows says:

      Thanks Lisa! I must add that I’m blessed to have a son who keeps posing questions and challenges me to swim in the stream as well. I can’t wait for the day when he begins to write what God has put in him.

  2. gingy55 says:

    Dan, what a great post. I’ve been missing you on fb and looking forward to another post. Yes, this one certainly did not disappoint. Your insights are unique and bring out great over the top creatvie ways to get us into the Word. Thanks, keep it up. Congrats on your speaking engagement and I look forward to the positive results next week.
    Jennie
    Isaiah 43:19

    • defrostingwindows says:

      Thanks Jennie! I miss seeing you and others on Facebook, but felt a strong need to deactivate for awhile. Stay in touch, and keep up the good work!

      • gingy55 says:

        Thanks, Dan. I can understand your decision to leave fb for a while. Know you’re missed.
        Do keep sending blog posts, please.
        Be blessed above and beyond.
        Jennie

  3. Mrs. Laurie Striedinger says:

    Thanks, Dan. The greek might tell us about hearing with our ears but God talk us to our spirtual ears and in the instant that we are saved God inded quicken not only our spiritual ears but our spiritual sight and the other senses. And that is really good news for the deaf person. He also uses the preacher to put His word in the preacher’s tongue to convey the message . Is there also a spiritual tongue? I believe I can pray in my undestanding without my physical ears hearing a sound and God answer that prayer. The same way the spirit make intercessions with groaning that cannot be uttered also without my ears hearing a sound and I still get edified. Faith
    Also, if we need to have evidence of speaking in tongues what about the other gifts?
    Tony Striedinger

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