Pentecostalism and the Authority of Scripture

Pentecostalism and the Authority of Scripture 16 PENTECOSTALISM AND THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE Scott A. Ellington* 68 Haddon Crescent, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5JR, England * Scott A. Ellington (ThM, Columbia Theological Seminary) is a PhD candidate in Old Testament studies at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England. ’Is the Bible the Word of God?’ I frequently ask students this question at the beginning of their study of the inspiration and the authority of Scripture. At the Mexican Bible Seminary, where I have taught for a number of years, the answer is invariably ’yes!’ What is more, it seldom if ever occurs to any of my students to ask even the most basic quali- fying questions, such as ’what do you mean by &dquo;Word of God&dquo;?’ before answering. Such enclaves of non-critical acceptance of traditional doctrine are, however, increasingly rare in the Christian academic circles of our day, while seeming to flourish undisturbed in other parts of the Christian church, most noticeably in the developing countries of the world. When, however, I follow this first question by asking ‘how do we know that the Bible is the Word of God?’, the responses become far less certain and automatic, requiring as they do some level of Journal of Pentecostal Theology Brill

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