• Dr. Timothy X. Merritt

Scripture vs. False Teachings - Part 3


The Risen Christ guides the leader past the snares of death. Avoiding Spiritual Attack, Demonic Attack,, and joining the Angels and Saints of the Heavenly Host.
Once a leader genuinely accepts the Bible as truth, Scripture transforms the individual character.

Conclusion

From Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to “turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Tim 6:20) to Wesley’s quadrilateral that emphasized primacy of Scripture to continuing calls for more ethical leadership in every aspect of our modern lives, there is a recognized need for a solid foundation upon which ethical reasoning can be built. Despite competing worldviews, the Christian leader can choose to make the love of God through Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible the starting point for ethical reasoning. To do so means more than simply avoiding the chaos and fluctuations the leadership trend du jure, or of ensuring consistency of ethical decisions over time. In fact, recognizing the primacy of Scripture is actually the leader's own "good confession" homologeo or declaration the substance of the Bible to be true.


A declaration such as this has profound implications for ethical leadership. Once a leader genuinely accepts the Bible as truth, the messages of Scripture begin to transform the individual character of that leader; then he or she will be compelled to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” (1 Tim 6:11). Yet they will never follow all Scriptural instructions perfectly, and they will never attain by their own righteousness perfection of ethical decision making, just as they can never earn their place in heaven through their acts on earth. Nevertheless, this vagueness and complexity are accounted for in Scripture, and the revealed truth of God through Scripture is sufficient to communicate the differences between good and bad leadership, and to guide the heart of the leader to the better choice.


Return to the Spiritual Warfare Curated Library

Go back to Scripture vs. False Teachings - Part 2


References

Badaracco, J. (1997). Defining moments: When managers must choose between right and right. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School Press.

Bazerman, M., & Tenbrunsel, A. (2011). Blind spots: Why we fail to do what's right and what to do about it. Princeton University Press. ISBN-10: 0691147507; ISBN-13: 9780691147505

Breton, S. (2011). A Radical Philosophy of Saint Paul. New York: Columbia University Press.

Carmy, S. (2010). Personal ethics, public virtue, and political legitimacy in biblical kings and American presidents. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 40(1). doi:10.1111/j.1741-5705.2009.03734

Cosby, M. R. (2001). Using the Wesleyan quadrilateral to teach biblical studies in Christian liberal arts colleges. Teaching Theology & Religion, 4(2). doi:10.1111/1467-9647.00097

de Villiers, P. G. R. (2006). Heroes at home: Identity, ethos, and ethics in 1 Timothy within the context of the pastoral epistles. In J. G. van der Watt (Ed.), Identity, ethics, and ethos in the New Testament. Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter.

Dickinson, C. (2016). A Radical Philosophy of Saint Paul. Journal of Religion, 96(4).

Holy Bible, New International Version (1983), Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Bible Publishers.

Hubner, J. (2016). Revisiting the clarity of scripture in 1 Timothy 2:12. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 59(1), 99-117.

Kouzes, J. & Posner, B. (2012). The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 5th edition. ISBN-10: 0470651725.

Malan, F. S., & Van der Watt, J. G. (2006). Identity, Ethics, and Ethos in the New Testament. Berlin: De Gruyter.

McQuilkin R. (1984). Problems of Normativeness, in Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible, ed. Earl D. Radmacher and Robert D. Preus. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Meawad, S., M.T.S. (2016). Virtue as mediator: informing health care issues through virtue ethics and scripture. Ethics & Medicine, 32(2). Retrieved from http://eres.regent.edu:2048/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.regent.edu/docview/1787724293?accountid=13479

Northouse, P. G. (2016). Leadership Theory and Practice. SAGE Publication Inc.

O'Donnell, T. (2017). The Rhetorical Strategy of 1 Timothy. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 79(3), 455-475.

Perry, A. (2016). Exemplary lives in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity: An analysis of 1 Timothy 3-4 for ethical leadership. Retrieved from http://eres.regent.edu:2048/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.regent.edu/docview/1757729770?accountid=13479

Porter, C. L. (1998). God's Justice and the Culture of the Law: Conflicting Traditions in Paul's Letter to the Romans. Encounter, 59(1-2), 135-155.

Roberts, K. A. (1978). Toward a generic concept of counter-culture. Sociological Focus, 11(2), 111-126. doi:10.1080/00380237.1978.10570312

Robbins, V. K. (1996). Exploring the Texture of Texts: A guide to socio-rhetorical interpretation. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International.

Wessels, J. M. (2016). Changing the feminine face of poverty: Reading 1 Timothy 2:15 from a socio-economic perspective. Neotestamentica, 50(1), 105-122

19 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All