Word of Life Bible Institute’s Response

Here is the email response I received from Tom Davis, Academic Dean of Word of Life Bible Institute:

Bruce, I see by your blog (https://idfables4unity.wordpress.com/end-times-fables/) that you have an intense interest in the study of God’s Word. Chancellor Don Lough asked me to respond to your recent questionnaire.

1. Yes, the faculty of Word of Life Bible Institute employs objective standards for evaluating points of doctrine.

2. Yes, we teach these principles alongside of the specific doctrines to our students.

3. Here are the standards that we employ:                                                                                                                    

a.  The testimony of Israel in the Old Testament and the Church in the New Testament is that written material is considered to be “inspired by God” if it was written by authorization of a prophet in Old Testament times or an apostle in New Testament.

b. The rules of human language interpretation apply to God’s communication to mankind:                                                                              

 i.  Take the literal meaning of the language and grammar, understanding that even figurative language has an objective literal intent.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 ii. Consider the historical setting in which the information was given to understand any customs or historic happenings referenced in the material which might shed light on the intent of the author.                                                                                                           

 iii. Grammar and literary style matters in all human communications.                                                                                                                         

iv.  Context of the paragraph, chapter, section, book, testament and entire Bible must be consulted.  No scripture will contradict any other scripture when understood in context.

c. Using these rules, we also affirm that the 66 books of the Bible comprise a completed revelation until the Lord returns to the planet.  There are no other additional sources of doctrinal determination for believers today. You are welcome to quote the above verbatim.

Tom

Tom Davis, Ed.D. Academic Dean Word of Life Bible Institute P.O. Box 129Pottersville, NY 12860 518-494-1434

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