Dr. Chuck Missler is promoting Hermeneutical Hygiene. “The context of a passage is always a primary consideration in the search for understanding of a passage of Scripture. It is often cited, “A verse out of context is a pretext.” And, indeed, one must always maintain an awareness of both who is doing the speaking and the audience being addressed. However, this foundational emphasis can also be a restrictive blindfold to some of a passage’s deeper (and broader) implications.”
John Kissinger [09/29/2015 11:15 AM]
boy oh boy – have we had hermeneutics discussions here before: http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/the-role-of-the-holy-spirit-in-hermeneutics/
Ricky Grimsley [09/29/2015 12:17 PM]
I think people make many false assumptions about the “audiences” of New Testament passages, especially with eschatology. It seems that some people want to dissect everything to make it so complicated. Its as if some people dont want to believe they”can do all things through christ that strengthens them” because that was only to the philippians.
John Kissinger [09/29/2015 12:49 PM]
Pentecostal hermeneutics could not be much more than “the Spirit’s illumination (an evangelical approach).” First off, the illumination of the Spirit as a hermeneutical approach does not originate among evangelicals as they came about much later. The Christian understanding of illumination of the Holy Spirit as “the process by which God’s Holy Spirit enables us to understand His word and apply it to our lives” is ascribed to the mystics among the Eastern (Orthodox) fathers rooted in the rabbinic tradition.
Secondly, to claim that anything in our interpretation or preaching is more than illumination of the Spirit, is adding to what the Spirit has to say to the Church. Even the human factor of our own interpretation comes from nowhere else but the illumination of the Spirit within us. The input from well or not-so-well read bibliographies applied in our sermons, cannot not come from nowhere else but from what the Spirit has allowed to illuminate in our understanding. Hence, the whole “Solus Spiritus” in Pentecostalism contradicts any notion that anything in our faith could be much more than the Spirit’s illumination.”
What much more than the illumination of the Spirit did Joel have when he prophesied that in the last days the Spirit shall be powered upon all flesh? And what much more did Peter have when the day of the Pentecost was fully come? For whatever more they had was also revealed and illuminated by the Solus Spiritus. The same Spirit Who was hovering over the void of the universum, before there was much more of anything else.
So, to even claim that we will ever preach something more than what is already revealed by the Spirit, borders open revelation and is beyond Biblical. The very essence and origin of modern-day Pentecostalism was the stripping of that much more of humanism we had, and listen to what the Spirit alone has to say to the Church. It is when we start adding much and much more than the illumination of the Spirit in our hermeneutics, that we start speaking the tongues of Pentecost, but have none of its fire any longer… http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/the-role-of-the-holy-spirit-in-hermeneutics/