Brief Pause – Allegorical Thought


One little feature in Logos that can cause you to waste huge amounts of time is that it’s connected to SermonAudio.

That’s not too bad. I’;ve been doing my daily readings, and curious to see how that’s being preached, Logos links to sermons that either SermonAudio or Logos (I don’t know which) decides is the most relevant.

So I went to the first one, and listened. And in between trying desperately to not fall asleep, I got truly irritated. Revelation 11… okay, John is measuring the city.

What is the meaning of the word city? Well, it’s New Jerusalem. What’s the meaning of the staff? It’s a staff.

SermonAudio has one blind spot. They are very precise in their rules – no pastor who believes in the sign gifts will be allowed to host sermons on SermonAudio.

But SermonAudio apparently has no problem with pastors who teach allegory as a viable interpretation of the Bible.

The sermon I was directed to, as one of the top results, the pastor was teaching “The city is the church, and the reed the word of God. So John was commanded to measure how the church is doing compared to the Bible…”

NO NO NO NO NO!

Don’t you think if that’s what God wanted us to know, that God would have just written, “Thus sayeth the Lord to John, go and measure the churches by My word – rebuke and chasten those who…” etc.

That’s the blind spot to all who preach allegorically. I mean, I could get up there and recite mother goose rhymes and give fanciful interpretations, combine it with a poignant sermon illustration, and you all will go home thinking, “That was wonderful!”

Well, actually, I know my readers, and most of you would go home and write your letter of resignation, because we’re going to find a church that teaches the literal word of God!

Good on ya!

SermonAudio should redo their rules. If you’re going to block out 75% of pastors in this world because they believe wrongly in sign gifts… then they should also place in a rule that those who rely on non-literal interpretations of Scripture seek sermon hosting elsewhere. If your justification for the first rule is that those people are misleading Bible believing Christians, what are you going to say to those who say,” the Bible really doesn’t mean that”? Theological liberals are supposedly not welcome on Sermon audio either, so – why allow someone to say in essence “The Bible is lying” just because they’re an amillennial Calvinist?

Oh, because they’re a Calvinist.

SermonAudio really needs to address this, and state that only sermons which hold to a literal interpretation of the Bible will be allowed. I think I’m going to write an email to them suggesting just that!

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Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???