In my ongoing quest to un-NIV Christendom (because really, you’re better than that), here is my next KJV vocabulary lesson.
Today’s KJV Vocabulary word is
It can be used as a noun or a verb.
NOUN: torn up chunks of animals
“The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.” Nahum 2:12
VERB: to tear in pieces, cut
“Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf.” Genesis 49:27
So, next time you are doing your small group study on Nahum you will be able to impress people with your deep knowledge of The King’s English.
Which buys you no points with God, but it does impress the chicks.
I use the King James Version. I do this because I like it and I memorize in it. I can’t find stuff in other Bibles.
I get tired of people saying how hard the KJV is to understand. There is a way to redeem that situation: learn.
Seriously, you could. Just because it uses outdated words doesn’t mean you can’t learn what they mean. A little effort can provide you a great reading experience. It will also allow you to rock Scrabble, Boggle, WordTwist and many other word-based games.
In an effort to un-NIV Christendom, allow me to edikate you in a fine piece of KJV Vocabulary.
Today’s KJV Vocab word is:
It is found in Isaiah 3:24 in the phrase, “and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth.”
A stomacher is an expensive robe usually worn at festive occasions. Now you know. And, honestly, that phrase sounds much cooler than the NIV’s bland “instead of fine clothing, sackcloth.”
Today’s Theological Word is: Arianism. Arianism.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a TWOT but I came across this one and figured it would be a good way to reintroduce the TWOT. TWOT. TWOT. Fun to say.
Anyway, to arius is human, especially if your name is Arius of Alexandria. Back when Christianity was sane, during the severe persecution of the first two centuries of the Church, there were very few heresies. But as soon as Constantine gave the official sanction to Christianity, everything fell apart.
Bright lights attract strange bugs. Heresy abounded as the Church settled into comfort. Arianism was the first major heresy. Arius thought that God made Christ, thus Christ is not really God, he’s someone that God created.
This destroyed his view of the Trinity and he placed Christ in subjection with God the Father rather than in equality. The Council of Nicea in 325 was called primarily to thwart Arius and get him booted. Booted he was as the Nicean Creed officialized the Church’s opposition to his teaching.
However, Arianism still hangs on in Unitarians, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormons, Liberation Theology and Islam. It also hangs on in the minds of many believers who are not careful with their words. There are major ramifications of getting your Trinitarian views messed up.
Be careful out there.
Today’s theological word is: Liberation Theology. Liberation Theology.
I have seen this in many places and always assumed I knew what it meant, but today I decided to look it up to find out for sure.
Liberation Theology is the view of Scripture that seeks to prove that God wants all people to eat liver. Oh wait, oops. That’s “Liveration Theology,” which is completely different.
Liberation Theology sees Christ as not only a Savior but a man who desires all oppressed people to be liberated, primarily poor people. It is primarily a Catholic concept. The founder is often seen to be Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Liberation theology also emphasizes individual self-actualization as part of God’s divine purpose for humankind. In other words, we are given life so that we may pursue it to its full potential. Therefore, obstacles or oppressions put in our path must be resisted and abolished.
Some proponents have also added basic Marxist ideas to it. Any Christian who uses the word “praxis” is probably a Liberation Theologian type. If they use the words “intentional praxis” you should just run the opposite way real fast.
Today’s theological word is Sabellianism. Sabellianism.
Sabellianism is the act or process of owning or purchasing a Mercury Sable. Sables are nice four-door sedans and inspire much dedication by their happy owners. However, you need to be over 67 years of age to own one, leading to feelings of exclusivity.
Not really, I just made that up. Sabellianism is a belief about the trinity. It holds that there is one God but he reveals himself in three ways. There are not three persons, but three ways God is revealed.
This doctrine, believed by most to be heretical, is named after Sabellius, a guy. Tertullian, the well known scientist of turtle behavior, was his main opponent. Today there are still a few Sabellianists around in the Oneness Pentecostal churches.
Today’s Theological Word is Preterism. Preterism.
Preterism is George W. Bush’s word for thinking about terrorist acts. The acts themselves are bad but even just thinking about them is grounds for arrest or at least a wire tap.
Not really, I just made that up. Preterism is the belief that biblical prophecy has all been fulfilled within the first century after Christ’s birth. The Book of Revelation is fully understood through events of the first century. Babylon, the great city, refers to Rome or Jerusalem. The great Tribulation was fulfilled when the Roman general Titus destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
There are various Preterist views like Partial Preterism and Full Preterism. Unless you read the NIV, those will probably define themselves for you. Preterism more or less says there’s nothing about the future addressed in the Bible anymore.
Well, that’s a relief. I was beginning to get worried about the Rapture not coming. Guess it already took place. Shwew, dodged that bullet. But I guess now we don’t know what bullet is gonna get us next. Oh no, that’s even worse. Very worried.
Today’s theological word is Lordship Salvation. Lordship Salvation.
Lordship Salvation has to do with fishing fleets in the Berring sea. When one ship goes down, all other ships are to respond and save them, by faith plus works. Those who only believe they are saving the sinking ship without actually helping, really aren’t saving anyone.
Not really, I just made that up. Lordship Salvation is the notion that a person is saved by trusting Christ as Savior from sin and committing his life to Christ as Lord with submission.
This view was given most attention by John MacArthur when he published The Gospel According to Jesus. The real reason for the hubbub surrounding Lordship Salvation has more to do with the fact that MacArthur attacked leading dispensational leaders (Ryrie, Chafer, etc) rather than what he actually said in his book.
Lordship Salvation says there are many who think they are saved, but only those who bring forth fruit and resist sin and submit to God’s directions for life are truly saved. Tom Hanks, who claimed to be a Christian once in high school, is not saved because he is in the DaVinci Code. Whereas I, who will not see the DaVinci Code, am clearly saved, by grace even.