by Mike Ratliff
14 Μὴ γίνεσθε ἑτεροζυγοῦντες ἀπίστοις· τίς γὰρ μετοχὴ δικαιοσύνῃ καὶ ἀνομίᾳ, ἢ τίς κοινωνία φωτὶ πρὸς σκότος; 15 τίς δὲ συμφώνησις Χριστοῦ πρὸς Βελιάρ, ἢ τίς μερὶς πιστῷ μετὰ ἀπίστου; (2 Corinthians 6:14,15 NA27)
14 Do not become unequally yoked with unbelievers for what partnership has righteousness and lawlessness or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 And what harmony has Christ with Beliar or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:14,15 Possessing the Treasure New Testament V1)
Today I listened to the September 6th, 2011 episode of Dr. James White’s Dividing Line via podcast. Most of it was dedicated to another Radio broadcast in the U.K. called the Unbelievable Radio Program hosted by Justin Brierley. In that episode there were two guests, Bart Ehrman and Mike Licona who each gave their accounts of the makeup of their faith, et cetera. Dr. White played none of Bart Ehrman’s content saying, “What’s the point since he is an apostate?” I had never heard of Mike Licona. Who is he? He is currently the Apologetics Coordinator at the North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention) and Research Professor of New Testament at Southern Evangelical Seminary. He has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies (University of Pretoria) which he completed “with distinction” and the highest mark and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Liberty University. Notice the part I put in bold. Why did Dr. White spend so much time going over this man’s “testimony”?
All through Dr. Licona’s talk, he talked about Biblical inerrancy in a tone that seemed that he was embarrassed about it. He even tried to say that he and Bart Ehrman were on the same page as far as the pursuit of the truth. Really? In any case, he also said that the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy is not critical to Christianity. He said that several times and each time Dr. White would stop the playback and ask something like, “Based upon what?” Dr Licona said he saw no issues with discarding Sola Scriptura while believing in the Resurrection of Christ and the Gospel. Again, Dr. White stopped the playback and asked, “Based upon what?” The Gospel is an account of the work of Christ the propititiation for those he came to save. This account is of his completed work and this account is given to us completely and without error. If its not, then what do we have?
What are the reasons Dr. Licona gives for his squishyiness concerning Sola Scriptura? He doesn’t want to offend men such as Bart Ehrman. He wants his scholarship to be accepted by men of that rank. I admit that I was quite taken aback by that clear statement of compromise. Isn’t this denying the truth in order to be friends with those who hate the truth?
Another thing we have to consider here is how can someone like this be considered an expert in the field of apologetics? He may very well be doing apologetics, but it certainly is not for Sola Scriptura and Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the record, Dr. Licona said for right now he does believe in Biblical inerrancy, but if it ever is proven false, that does not mean he will stop being a Christian. That does not sound to me like someone who has a robust, solid, unbendable, unbreakable foundation built around his theology.
Dr. White went on to give examples of “denominations” that have “died.” What was it that started their slide down the slippery slope to death? Yes, that is right, abandoning Sola Scriptura. It all started in the Garden of Eden when the serpent asked, “Hath God said?”
We have been questioning the left side step of the SBC for quite some time. With men like Dr. Licona in positions like he holds, how long before the SBC joins those others on the Slippery Slope of death?
Sola Deo Gloria!