WHO IS JOHNATHAN PRITCHETT, anyway?
OKAY...if you follow along with Johnathan's reasoning below, we come to where I am, the lowly person in the pew who does not see things in Scripture as others see things. I just take it as it comes and accept what God says as what He says. The reason I do this, is because I do not "get" all the positions from all the theological minds in the universe. To me, it is like a prism and everyone is seeing their own color play out on the billboard of life. I have tried. And I still try. But, it seems, my brain just ain't that big--it can't hold all those colors. And I am getting old, folks. What in the world am I going to do? The day of my "completion" is closing in fast. I wonder if there is any need for all of the stuff folks tell me I am in need of knowing, understanding and "embracing". I don't think so.
Therefore, if you will, I particularly like this little paragraph that Johnathan writes and I do not want it to get lost in the entirety of his exegesis (I think that is the right usage here), explanation below. So before you read what he has to say at SBC Today, about the passages that are constantly thrown out at non-Calvinists in theological debate, note what he writes here:
"One of these days, all believers on all sides of the spectrum will have to hang it up and recognize that the Bible says LESS than what people think it says. When we make it say more than it does, we add to it our conjecture." Johnathan Pritchett
Johnathan, today is "one of these days" for me. In fact, I suppose it has always been "one-of-these-days". I truly concede that I do not know all the suppositions, presuppositions, conjectures and other words that mean a word means what it says or doesn't mean what it says. I just don't know what everyone else means. I do know what I mean when I say, I believe in Jesus. And I trust in Jesus. And I am assured that if others believe in Jesus and trust in Jesus that He will save them and forgive them of their sins, because He said so. I just hope someone else out there in the world-wide-web understands that when they "encounter" Jesus, He has done what He said He will do, and He is going to do what He says He is going to do.
Now, for Johnathan Pritchett:
I don't have a clue who Johnathan Pritchett is. I did ask him at SBC Today. I will return to find out if he answers me. I get so worn out trying to figure all this stuff out that seeing the quote by Johnathan I emphasized above gives me a pleasant respite from it all. Where is the SBC going with all the doctrinal issues on the front burner regarding predestination and such? I don't know...but I do know that for me, the King is still the King and man may conjecture and speculate and interpret and translate and expound upon a million ways that "whosoever" means something other than me and everyone else in the world, but I'm gonna keep on keeping on till the trumpet sounds and the Eastern sky parts. Jesus is the Answer. The Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father but through Him. Its all I know. selahV