If it was not clear from yesterday’s post, I consider that to be an abhorrent misreading of the Biblical text and mandate given by our Lord in Matthew 28:18 – 20. All of us as believers are responsible to study our Bibles and apply what we learn there to our lives.
For those of us who are privileged to lead others in this journey, our task is to equip those the Lord has given us too lead to study and apply the Bible. In that process it is not important what one knows. What is important is helping those in one’s charge learn to dig out and apply the truth for themselves.
I am often asked for answers to help a brother or sister understand a passage of Scripture. I rarely will answer such a question. Frankly, it doesn’t matter that I know the answer. What matters is helping that person at that time progress in their ability to discover the answer for themselves. So my response to a question like that is usually something like, “What are some of the answers to that question that you have considered?” and then, “Which of those do you think answers the question most completely?” and finally, “How did you come to that conclusion?”
Helping a person struggle through the text properly is helping them grow their wings in their study of the Bible. To give them the answer, even a well-crafted and Biblically supported answer, is cutting open their cocoon and crippling their ability to stand alone in the text.
It does not seem that our assignment from the Lord is to make cripples.