Biblicism: Right or Wrong?
Biblicism. Is this good or bad?
Don Carson explains that there are at least two kinds, one that should be cautioned, and another commended.
Selective proof texting — pulling single verses out of context to prove a doctrine — are often used to support conclusions that need to be challenged on a more comprehensive level. Case in point: propitiation. Commenting that this word occurs rarely in the New Testament, Carson makes the case that it's priority in the gospel must be preserved because it is a repeated conceptual theme in the whole Bible. Just because the specific word is not often used, the biblical storyline shows it to be a major idea — even a "coordinating theme for other facets of the atonement."
You'll get what he's saying in this five-minute video:
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