Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Thabiti Anyabwile Responds

A few days ago I wrote a post - entitled Expositional Listeners? - that challenged one of Thabiti Anyabwile's primary ideas from his book What is a Healthy Church Member?

Earlier today Anyabwile responded to a blog post that voiced many of the the same concerns that I blogged about.  I have no idea who the unnamed blogger is.  It could be me, but assuming that seems a bit arrogant on my part.  Regardless, please  read Anyabwile's response here.  Then read Bobby Auner's response to Anyabwile's response.


Aussie John said...


Anyabwiles words sound very familiar, as I would have said something similar many years ago. Why would I think otherwise? Tradition said so. Tradition even taught me that when the pastor speaks “......the truths of the word of God, we are not only speaking about Jesus, nor are we simply speaking for Jesus. We speak as Jesus."

Funny thing, I cannot find that in the Scriptures!

Augustine was quite correct when he said, “Where the Bible speaks, God speaks”, but, that's a far cry from a mere man speaking, even if he is speaking about the Bible.

It's also a stretch to equate, what we call preaching today, with the words spoken by the Apostles of old.

I believe there is indeed a place for humble preaching which recognizes the implications of James 1:3, but it isn't necessarily in a pulpit, or a regular occurrence.

Eric said...


I agree wholeheartedly. It's fascinating to listen to a man (Anyabwile) who I respect a great deal try to justify the things he is saying. His arguments are simply weak. I'm going to pray specifically for him that he will listen to the plain scriptural teaching and examples on this issue.