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Think of the person in the jungles of the Amazon who hears a missionary preach and converts.
He may live for many years not aware of a Bible or even able to read one.
One of the most profound challenges for Christians as we live in an ever-more-hostile world is how to properly defend the faith against the incessant attacks against it. We have seen far too many casualties over the years as people leave the church because they had doubts or questions that were never answered.
It is precisely this issue that is behind Andy Stanley’s recent sermon, “The Bible Told Me So” (preached Aug 28, 2016).
Stanley, son of well-known Atlanta pastor, Charles Stanley, is the senior pastor of Northpoint Community Church in Alpharetta, GA.
In other words, belief in the writings of Moses (part of the OT) would actually a person to believe in Jesus!The fact that these statements have left people confused (and even worried) is evident from the extensive on-line discussions about the sermon that have already taken place.I have also seen this personally as numerous people have approached me with concerns about the sermon, asking if I might write something that might clarify the issues. I have a genuine appreciation of (and respect for) Andy Stanley, but I wanted to provide some answers to the questions people are asking. So, we turn now to Stanley’s primary claim, namely that the Bible should to believe in Jesus on a basis other than the Bible?All of the facts that Stanley appeals to—that John watched Jesus die, that Luke investigated these things, that Paul was a converted Pharisee—come from the Scriptures.Perhaps Stanley would acknowledge this fact but simply insist that he is appealing to these documents not as inspired Scripture but just as reliable historical sources (similar to the kind of apologetic argument made by Wenham).
Simply put, Jesus and the apostles Now I suppose that one could respond by saying that all of these passages speak to believers and Stanley is speaking to only unbelievers.