Do I Need the Church to Understand the Bible?

Episode 756 Show Notes 

From the Show

When you have one individual reading the Bible alone, apart from the community of faith—the history of the church—that’s where we get into trouble.

–Adriel Sanchez

Do I Need the Church to Understand the Bible?

Questions in this Episode

  1. Are Christians required to keep Old Testament dietary laws?
  2. What does the Bible say about Karma?
  3. I understand that scripture is to be understood as the sole source of divine revelation; the only inspired, infallible, final, and authoritative norm of faith and practice. However, I have heard a theologian say that while this is true, scripture is to be interpreted in and by the church. Doesn’t this give the church more authority than scripture alone?
  4. Follow up question: if Christians are not required to keep Old Testament dietary laws, are Jews who believe in Jesus required to?
  5. Does the Bible say anything about Marxism?
  6. What does it mean to be under the law?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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