A Systematic Theology for the 21st Century

Part 12 Epilogue - Systematic Theology Conclusion

by Dr. Edward Rice

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A Systematic Theology for the 21st Century - Epilogue

Dr. Edward Rice



A Systematic Theology

for the 21st Century

Epilogue


Dr. Edward Rice





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Three-hundred-and-fifty-seven verses were quoted from The New American Standard Version (NASV), 1973 Revision, copyright by The Lockman Foundation, 1960,1962,1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, and 1973, La Habra, Calif, with all rights reserved. The Lockman Foundation, not Jehovah God, is the registered owner of these words.

twenty=one verses were quoted from the RSV (excepting the 2 of the 21 that they refused to translate because the National Council of Churches perceived that they should not be in the Bible). The Revised Standard Version, New Testament, is copyrighted 1946, 1971, 1973 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.

Seventeen verses were quoted from the ASV (excepting the 1 of the 17 that they refused to translate because Thomas Nelson & Sons perceived that it should not be in the Bible) which was copyrighted and published by Thomas Nelson & Sons in 1901. In 1928, the International Council of Religious Education (the body that later merged with the Federal Council of Churches to form the National Council of Churches) acquired the copyright from Nelson and copyrighted the ASV in 1929. Although these copyrights expired, the American Standard Version, referenced herein is copyrighted by Online Bible Foundation, 12 Birkfield Place, Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland, M184PZ, 15-2006. Any copyright version of the Holy Bible is attributing that man, and not God is the owner and author of the included words.


About the Author


Pastor Ed Rice is a retired USAF Systems Engineer surrendered to be a Baptist Preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Saved in 1960 at the age of eight he grew up tutored in the Scriptures through Tuscorora Baptist Church in Addison NY, where he married his high-school sweetheart Beverly Cook Rice. Drafted into the military off of the dairy farm in 1972, Ed and Bev Rice raised 3 boys while serving as a Missile Technician in the USAF. After completing a USAF AECP bootstrap program he graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in electrical engineering and was commissioned in the USAF where he served until 1995 as a systems engineer and weapons integration specialist at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and Rome Laboratories, Rome NY. He finished his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering through The Air Force Institute of Technology in 1990.

After being commissioned as a USAF officer in 1982 he pursued his systems engineering work in several classified research and development programs. While moving around the USA in his twenty three year military career he was a youth pastor and associate pastor in Independent Baptist Churches near his station. In 1995 he became Captain Rice, USAF retired, and surrendered to be a Baptist Pastor.

In 1998 he took the senior pastorate at Good Samaritan Baptist Church, in Dresden, New York where he pursued his theological studies at Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary. At LBU Pastor Rice received his second masters degree in 2013, and his PhD in 2017. His son Michael is US Army retired living near Fort Hood Texas, Shane is an Independent Baptist Missionary pastoring Chiesa Biblica Battista, Mazara Del Vallo, Italy, and Matthew is serving our Lord Jesus Christ near Hamilton NY. Capt Rice has spent seven years teaching math and science with the ABeka Christian High School Curriculum, and seven years teaching college mathematics, a love of his life, at community colleges near his church.

Dr. Rice's staunch belief in the preserved accuracy of the inspired Scriptures and his extensive background in systems engineering make him uniquely qualified to assemble “A Systematic Theology for the 21st Century.”



Personal Testimony of Pastor Edward Rice.


I was saved in 1960 at the age of eight. My father and mother were saved and founding members of Fellowship Baptist Church in Gang Mills New York. In 1958 my dad, Levi O. Rice, an agnostic, was invited by Cecil Palm to be a founding member of that church; both of my parents were born-again-saved two weeks later. My mother, Doris was converted form Roman Catholicism, and became a Christian. She stopped her Roman penance and practiced Bible repentance, stopped praying to Mary and called upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save her. She was thus converted from Roman Catholicism to the Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone needs converted from something. Mom and Dad were now born again, and two years later I was saved in revival services with Evangelist Dale and Opel Linbaugh. Opel cut the flannel graph burden of sin off little Christian's back in her Pilgrim's Progress presentation, and I was born-again-saved before it hit the basement floor. In 1995 I retired from the USAF as a systems engineer and became an ordained Baptist Preacher of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 18:3). Being converted is quite like a new birth, Jesus said so. If you have not been converted you should trust Christ today, and you must tell him that that is your intent. (see Romans 10:9-13).


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Table of Contents

Preface 6

Part 01 A Systematic Theology's Prolegomena 8

Part 02 A Systematic Theology's Bibliology. 13

Part 03 A Systematic Theology's Theology Proper. 20

Part 04 A Systematic Theology's Christology. 21

Part 05 A Systematic Theology's Pneumatology. 22

Part 06 A Systematic Theology's Anthropology. 23

Part 07 A Systematic Theology's Hamartiology. 24

Part 08 A Systematic Theology's Soteriology. 25

Part 09 A Systematic Theology's Ecclesiology. 26

Part 10 A Systematic Theology's Angelology. 27

Part 11 A Systematic Theology's Eschatology. 28

Bibliography 29



Part 12 Epilogue


Preface

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish. Psalm 49:201


There was no Baptist Systematic Theology work in print, i.e. no Systematic Theology work that has the inerrant, infallible, verbally inspired word of God as its sole authority. There needed to be. There was a cause. Baptists, by definition, have the inerrant, infallible, inspired Holy Bible as their sole authority for all faith and practice. They should have a systematic theology book that does as well.

As a systems engineer for thirty years (since 1972), I focused on systems analysis. Systematic theology has intrigued me ever since my first Bible institute course in 1975. I have amassed multiple systematic theology books and never found one that is wholly Biblical. In 2013 my seminary work at Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary, under Dr. Steven Pettey, assigned me to read and analyze six volumes of “Systematic Theology” by Lewis Sperry Chafer, the founder and previous president of Dallas Theological Seminary. My initial critique of this neo-evangelical, voluminous, wordy, often unorganized work, answered the question, “Is there not a cause?2” A Systematic Theology for the 21st Century was indeed a valid need. It cried out to be written and is a work that I needed to endeavor.

Immediately there were four principle flaws that need to be overhauled in previous “systematic theology” works. Previous systematic theologies spent most of their effort systematizing creeds, Roman dogma, philosophies, and “everything that man ever believed about God,” rather than the systematization of Bible revelation. They followed the deceived definition of Dr. Chafer who states that a systematic theology is an unabridged organized rendition of everything ever believed about God. Where is the sole-authority of the Bible in that? For example, the Westminster confession of faith establishes that God unchangeablly decreed every thing that comes to pass... but the Holy Bible employs that prayer changes things,... so can we... and so can God.

One would expect Charles Hodge (1797-1878) to bow to such a Westminster creed, he was a Presbyterian. But when Augustus Strong (1836-1921), an American Baptist minister and Theologian, supports Westminster over the Bible, and Henry C. Thiessen (1883 - 1947), 1947 President of Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary, resoundingly supported Westminster over the Bible, and, finally, when Lewis Sperry Chafer, followed suit, it is time to re-write a systematic theology that presents what the Bible reveals over what the creeds state. Present systematic theology works are marred by what the Holy Catholic Church declared as truth. A Biblical one, with the Bible as its sole authority, was direly needed.

Secondly, previous systematic theologies spend effort defending philosophies of man and rationality of man rather than systematizing Bible revelation. All the previous listed theologians spend undo time and effort wrestling with the ontological and teleological proof that there is a God. The Bible spends no effort in such vain philosophies of man. Also, Thiessen, particularly, expends great effort defending the philosophical and Roman Catholic argument that man is only material and immaterial and NOT body, soul and spirit, i.e. a trichotomy in the image of God. In this error, he even calls Holy Scripture, just Paul's opinion.3 Chafer also makes reference to the dichotomy of man, but then later references his trichotomy; again Chafer has proven himself remarkably wordy, unclear, and inconsistent. He wanted to be all things to all denominations, even dispensational at times, but not at the expense of loosing the influential covenant theologians who taught at, and attended, Dallas Theological Seminary. Present systematic theology works are marred by the inclusion of philosophies of man as a source of their truths. A Biblical one, with the Bible as its sole authority, was direly needed.

Thirdly all systematic theologies treated theology as a science. They tried to exalt it by calling it the “Queen of the Sciences”, but they still tried to discover truth by hypothesizing what it might be, exploring their hypothesis until it might be a theory about how God operates and thinks, and then supposing that, when their theory is believed by enough “scholars”, it was a discerned truth. That is how the scientific method discovers laws of natural science. That is the scientific method. It does not work on God who is Super-natural. Theology is not a science nor dare one use the scientific method to find the Truth of God. Once again, A Biblical Systematic Theology, with the Bible as its sole authority, was direly needed.

Lastly Thiessen and Chafer, by their own insistence, have no access to a verbally inspired, inerrant, infallible Holy Bible. They insist that nowhere in the world does such a Bible exist. Both base their systematic theologies on what textual critics, modern translators, and modern scholars thought God meant to say. A true theologian must base all theology on an inerrant, infallible, verbally inspired Holy Bible; it is our sole authority. For Baptists it is the sole authority for all faith and practice, and although we do have a reliably written and translated into English Holy Bible, we did not have a reliably written Systematic Theology in print. With this effort there is now one in print, at least in eprint. Baptist Bible seminaries, colleges, institutes, and students deserve no less, and can take full advantage of this work for no cost, or for minimal print cost. Please advance this availability.

All twelve volumes of a Biblical Systematic Theology for the 21st Century are freely available att www.GSBaptistChurch.com/theology or www.truthaboutthechrist.com. Or they can be bought in print at www.lulu.com/spotlight/GSBaptistChurch .


Part 01 A Systematic Theology's Prolegomena


This endeavor is to mark out the Systematic Theology for the 21st century. Who needs to study theology systematically? God supposes that we all do, and Dr. Walter Allan Yoho words that succinctly.


If you recently graduated with honors – Congratulations! If you were recently voted most valuable player on your basketball team – That's great! If you were recently awarded a big salary increase – Good for you! But none of these things is worth getting too excited about. No, there is one thing, only one, that should get a man or a woman really excited.4


Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

Jeremiah 9:23-24


The thing that impresses God the most about any given individual is how much that individual is impressed with God. Indeed, it is a tragedy of enormous extent “that he should be so little in our thoughts who sparkles in everything which presents itself to our eyes.”5 But, oh, how our Dear Lord loves to honor and bless that individual that delights himself in the Lord and is altogether taken up with his God!6


Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Isaiah 58:14


That one needs to study God is instinctive in our nature. That one should do it systematically is required by the immensity of the subject. The wise preacher has said:


I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.... And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.... I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Eccl 1:12,17-18, 3:10-11


The Systematic Theology for the 21st century has a Prolegomena, a preliminary discussion, especially a formal essay introducing a work of considerable length or complexity, and the conclusion of that discussion is presented herein. The contents of the Prolegomena is:

Prolegomena Table of Contents

Preface 6

Part 01 Prolegomena 8

Theology is for Everyone 11

Why Systematic? 13

Theology Is Not a Science 14

Theology Has Not Been Systematic 18

Consider the System In Systematic 22

Systematic Is Accomplished With Actual Systems 23

Systematically Based On a Solid Bible Doctrine 31

The New Improved Systematic Methodology 36

Bibliography 37


The conclusion of the prolegomena is straight forward and taken from “The New Improved Systematic Methodology.”

A systematic theology's methodology must break down the larger very complex system into its subsystems and then analyze the most meaningful subsystem individually under its own merit. The system that is under consideration for a Biblical systematic theology is every truth that has been revealed in the inerrant, infallible, verbally inspired Word of God. Set aside and block from consideration what has been theorized by scholars, what philosophy supposes, and what is statistically believed by most people. Truth about Jehovah God cannot be found by scientific method, rational philosophy, or statistical analysis. God has revealed himself, and a thorough study of that revelation leads to the Truth that surpasses science of nature, philosophy of man, and the statistics of what man believes.

The Father of Systematic Theologies, Charles Hodge, supposed that theology was a science and theorized that the scientific method, used to explore the natural sciences, would work just fine on the Supernatural. It did not. “Scholars” hypothesizing and theorizing about Roman Church doctrine, supposing that they will thereby find “Truth,” has been the antithesis of a Biblical systematic theology. It leaves “scholars” theorizing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, while the harm they've done to systematic theology is almost irreparable.

Chafer's desire that his theology would be an unabridged thorough exploration of “everything ever believed about God” has tarnished the field with two other dangerous methods. The proof of God and the Truth of God cannot be be found in a quote of Socrates, Plato, Aritotle or Mani. Philosophy rattles around in the brain of man trying to discover Truth and forgets that God's ways are not man's ways, nor God's thoughts, man's thoughts (Isa 55:8-9). Only the revelation of God leads to the Truth of God.

Chafer's “everything ever believed about God” strategy leaves the theologian wallowing in doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, the Westminster Confession, Saint Augustine of Hippo, Saint Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, the Humanist Manifesto, et.al. The strength of this 21st Century Biblical Systematic Theology is that it purports an ability to separate itself from the influences of Egypt and Rome, it does not rely on philosophy, and it does not treat things of God as mere science, full of theories about things, it uses only the inerrant, infallible, verbally inspired Word of God as its source of all truth. God reveals himself to man in a completed book.

The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Deuteronomy 29:29


This premise, this systematic methodology based solely on God's Word, is the basis for the development, documentation, and publication of this Systematic Theology for the 21st Century. It will unite Biblical Theology and Practical Theology with a true Systematic Theology. It is a different approach than has ere been documented for theology. It hails from the halls of the systems engineer and systems analyst. It is holistic. It is prudent that it be the premise for every theology. It is presented here as a tool, that the student of God might:


Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker.

2Timothy 2:15-17


God bless you as you make your theology systematic.


Part 02 A Systematic Theology's Bibliology.


This endeavor is to mark out the Systematic Theology for the 21st century and the Bibliology (The Doctrine of the Bible) section contains the following contents:


Table of Contents

Part 02 Bibliology 8

Chapter 1 - What is Bibliology? 8

Chapter 2 - The Holy Bible, Some Background 13

Amazing Bible Facts and Statistics 16

The Thees and Thous of an Accurate Bible Translation 18

Chapter 3 Inspiration 22

Inspiration – A Designed Word 23

Reading Gaussen's Theopneustia - Essential to Bibliology 27

Chapter 4 Theopneustia by L. Gaussen 29

Theopneustia by L. Gaussen 30

Translator's Preface. 31

Prefatory Observations. 33

I. Definition of Theopneustia 45

Section I. 45

Section II. 46

Section III. 47

Section IV. 52

Section V. On the Individuality of the Sacred Writers. 56

II. Scriptural Proof of the Divine Inspiration. 74

Section I. All Scripture is Divinely Inspired. 74

Section II. All the Prophetic Utterances are Given by God. 75

Section III. All the Scriptures of the Old Testament are Prophetic. 81

Section IV. All the Scriptures of the New Testament are Prophetic. 86

Section V. The Examples of the Apostles and of their Master Attest that, in their Views ALL the Words of the Holy Books are Given by God. 100

III Brief Didactic Abstract of the Doctrine of the Divine Inspiration. 114

Section I. Catechetical Sketch of the Main Points of the Docrtine. 114

Section II. On the Adversaries and Defenders of the Doctrine. 142

IV. Examination of Objections. 153

Section I. The Translations. 153

Section II. Use of the Septuagint Translation. 159

Section III. The Various Readings. 162

Various Readings. First Table. 173

Second Table. 174

Third Table. Griesbach's Corrections, Extending to the Whole of the Epistle to the Romans. 176

Section IV. Errors of Reasoning or of Doctrine. 191

Section V. Errors in the Narratives – Contradictions in the Facts 199

Section VI. Errors Contrary to Natural Philosophy. 229

Section VII. The Declarations of Paul Himself. 252

V. Examination of Evasions. 256

Section I. Might Not Inspiration Pertain to the Thoughts Only, Without Extending to the Words? 256

Section II. Should We Except From Inspiration the Historical Books? 265

Section III. Will the Apparent Insignificance of Certain Details In the Bible Authorize Their Being Excepted From Inspiration? 282

VI. On Sacred Criticism, in the Relations it Bears to Divine Inspiration. 297

Section I. Sacred Criticism is a Scientific Inquirer, and Not a Judge. 297

Section II. Let Sacred Criticism be an Historian, Not a Soothsayer. 302

Section III. Sacred Criticism is the Doorkeeper of the Temple, Not its God. 307

VII. Conclusion. 318

Section I. Retrospect. 318

Section II. 322

Chapter 5 Inspiration of ALL SCRIPTURE 331

All Scripture” - Is Fissured by Scholars-So-Called. 331

All Scripture” is Copied, none is Autograph. 332

All Scripture” Is Preserved by God, not by man 334

Chapter 6 A Defense of Twenty Verses Erased from the NIV & NASB 343

Defense of Twenty Section 1 Introduction 343

Defense of Twenty Section 2 The Bible Doctrine That Textual Critics Abandoned 344

Defense of Twenty Section 3 The Twenty Verses Textual Critics Ripped Out 350

Chapter 7 Defense of First John Five Seven 368

I John 5:7 Is In My Holy Bible 368

The Evidence That The Apostle John Penned The 'Heavenly Witness' 374

Chapter 8 Verbal Inspiration vs Modernist Paraphrase 380

The Gideons Bible Compromised 382

Inspiration vs Modernist Paraphrase Paraphrase Changes the Words. 386

Inspiration vs Modernist Paraphrase NAS's Dynamic Equiv in Matt 24 391

Inspiration vs Modernist Paraphrase Subjective Word Substitutions 392

Inspiration vs Modernist Paraphrase Awkward Confusion of Tenses 393

Inspiration vs Modernist Para The Weaker 'Will' Replacing Legal 'Shall' 394

Inspiration vs Modernist Paraphrase Inconsistency Produces Confusion 396

Inspiration vs Modernist Paraphrase Conclusion 397

Matthew 24 Comparison Table 398

Chapter 9 The Bible Cannon 416

The Baptist Canon of “All Scripture.” 419

The Old Testament Baptist Canon. 419

The New Testament Baptist Canon. 425

The Canon of Scripture – Parting Thoughts 427

Chapter 10 Christian Biblical Hermeneutics 429

A Historical Overview of Hermeneutics. 432

Jewish Exegesis 433

The School of Alexandria 435

School of Antioch 437

Hermeneutics - Believe What Jesus Believed 439

Hermeneutics and the Premillennial Return of Christ and the Pretribulational Rapture of the Church 442

Hermeneutics Conclusion 445

Chapter 11 The Word Became Wycliffe's Middle English 447

Wycliffe's Middle English -The Cost of Translating 448

The Holy Bible, From The Latin to Middle English 452

Wycliffe's Bible Exposes Catholic Corruptions 455

Wycliffe's Translation and Corrupted Repentance 459

Wycliffe's Translation and Corrupted Presbyterian 464

Wycliffe and the Pure Words of God 466

The Word Became 1611 King James English 472

The Word Became Wycliffe's Middle English - Conclusion 475

Chapter 12 In Defense of Learning Greek 476

Some Improperly Frown on the Greek 477

Fundamentalist's Need of Greek Studies 478

In Defense of Learning Greek The Linguistic Advantage 481

In Defense of Learning Greek Scholarship Advantage 485

In Defense of Learning Greek the Brain's Advantage. 487

In Defense of Learning Greek Conclusion 492

Chapter 13 A Critique of Dr. Chafer's Bibliology 494

Chafer's Bibliology Is Fractured Badly 495

Chafer's Lacking Organization and Structure 498

Chafer's Elaborated Use of English 500

Chapter 14 Bibliology Conclusion 503

Bibliography 507


The conclusion of the Bibliology succinctly presented the following.

The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.”7 Bibliology is the study of our Holy Bible, just what it is that we hold in our hand, and Bibliology has its heart in understanding inspiration of ALL Scripture. The author who most benefits the understanding of inspiration is Francois Samuel Robert Louis Gaussen. One-hundred and seventy-six years ago L. Gaussen wrote the premier dissertation on Bible inspiration called “Theopneustia.” From his 1840 publication of this work, every diabolical attack against God's inerrant, infallible, verbally inspired Holy Bible has been flagged and Christianity has been amply forewarned. His coverage is that thorough.


All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2Timothy 3:16-17

Why did the fifty-seven highly skilled linguists, employed and paid by King James from 1603 through 1611, translate this Greek phrase “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” The English word inspiration, carefully avoided by each ecumenical and modern bible translator, incorporates in its definition breath of life, as well as influence and stimulation of mind, feeling, and emotion, in order to produce an activity. It was also specifically crafted incorporating the word spirit. Indeed the English word inspiration is formed and framed around the concept contained in the Greek word theopneustia. There is no better English capture of this concept. God created and breathed out the very wording of every sentence of what is written down as Scripture.

The word inspiration, avoided by copyright conscious translators, is justly lacking a thorough definition. Inspiration is a miracle and its definition would entail explanation of what and how the miracle unfolds. No one better captures this conundrum than does Gaussen.

This miraculous operation of the Holy Ghost had not the sacred writers themselves for its object - for these were only his instruments, and were soon to pass away; but that its objects were the holy books themselves, which were destined to reveal from age to age, to the Church, the counsels of God, and which were never to pass away. ...

The power then put forth on those men of God, and of which they themselves were sensible only in very different degrees, has not been precisely defined to us. Nothing authorizes us to explain it. Scripture has never presented either its manner or its measure as an object of study. ... What they say, they tell us, is theopneustic: their book is from God. ...

Were we asked, then, how this work of divine inspiration has been accomplished in the men of God, we should reply, that we do not know; that it does not behove us to know; and that it is in the same ignorance, and with a faith quite of the same kind, that we receive the doctrine of the new birth and sanctification of a soul by the Holy Ghost. We believe that the Spirit enlightens that soul, cleanses it, raises it, comforts it, softens it. We perceive all these effects; we admire and we adore the cause; but we have found it our duty to be content never to know the means by which this is done. Be it the same, then, with regard to divine inspiration.... (in faith) we have to do with the book, and not with the man (who wrote). It is the book that is inspired, and altogether inspired: to be assured of this ought to satisfy us.8


There is little more to be said about what inspiration is, than what Gaussen captures with excellence. His 360 page 150 year old public domain defense of the doctrine of inspiration stands alone. His thorough coverage is perfect for a Bibliology in a systematic theology which hangs on the inerrant, infallible, verbally inspired word of God for its sole authority.

Excerpts of Gaussen's Theopneustia cannot override the importance of evaluating his whole dissertation. That dissertation is included in its entirety in chapter four of this Bibliology.

When one understands Gaussen's thorough explanation of inspiration, it is easy to understand the gross errors of Bible critics and Bible correctors who suppose that only the original manuscripts, written by the pen's of the original authors, were inspired. Chafer states his objection to the doctrine of inspiration succinctly, “The claim for verbal, plenary inspiration is made only for the original writings and does not extend to any transcriptions or translations.”9 That false objection goes forward to contend that there is now no inspired Bible in existence anywhere in the world. Chafer himself continues: “It is also true that no original manuscript is now available.” Chafer admits these two statements as indisputable facts. Shame on him. This false reasoning, that there is no inspired Bible in existence today, has engulfed all of Christendom and emboldened version makers to ignore, modify, and delete God's inspired words with wholesale abandon.

Gaussen exposed this errant thinking while Brook Foss Westcott (1825-1903) and Fenton JohnAnthony Hort (1828-1892) were just teenagers. Just the same the wide gate and broad path of Christendom followed after the brazen error. Bible critics and textual critics supposed that old manuscripts from Alexandria Egypt were most representative of such imagined and lost “original inspired manuscripts.” Defending God's Holy Scripture from the pen-knifes of these critics is an important part of our Bibliology today. Herein several chapters are dedicated to this defense and enlightenment.

The translation of the Holy Bible to the English language is also key to having an adequate Bibliology. The examination of what the copyright seeking Bible critics have done to their copyright English versions has aptly communicated that the Authorized version is the only accurate version of God's Holy Bible for English speaking people. The Wycliffe Bible translation is examined briefly to better expose the miracle of that Authorized version, and the importance of the original languages is reviewed, emphasizing that inspiration transcends translations, but cannot replace the originals tongues.

Lastly, in a thorough Bibliology, the Canon of Scripture and its proper hermeneutic is important. The Canon of Scripture with a dependence on God and not on man, especially not on “Church Fathers” (so called), is essential to a good Bibliology, and exposure to Christendoms inadequate interpretation of Bible truths, is just as essential. The Mother Roman Catholic Church has spread an allegorical method into every corner of Protestantism and an exposure of their lie solidifies a Christian Bible hermeneutic.

A good Bibliology is essential to a good Systematic Theology. The sole source of our theology must be the inerrant, infallible, verbally inspired Holy Word of God, and understanding just what that is, and how to come about it, is the work of Bibliology. God blesses its thoroughness in ones theology.

Part 03 A Systematic Theology's Theology Proper.


This endeavor is to mark out the Systematic Theology for the 21st century and the Theology Proper (The Doctrine of God) section contains the following contents:


Part 04 A Systematic Theology's Christology.


This endeavor is to mark out the Systematic Theology for the 21st century and the Christology (The Doctrine of Christ ) section contains the following contents:


Part 05 A Systematic Theology's Pneumatology.


This endeavor is to mark out the Systematic Theology for the 21st century and the Pneumatology (The Doctrine of Holy Spirit) section contains the following contents:


Part 06 A Systematic Theology's Anthropology.


This endeavor is to mark out the Systematic Theology for the 21st century and the Anthropology (The Doctrine of Man) section contains the following contents:


Part 07 A Systematic Theology's Hamartiology.


This endeavor is to mark out the Systematic Theology for the 21st century and the Hamartiology (The Doctrine of Sin) section contains the following contents:


Part 08 A Systematic Theology's Soteriology.


This endeavor is to mark out the Systematic Theology for the 21st century and the Soteriology (The Doctrine of Salvation) section contains the following contents:


Part 09 A Systematic Theology's Ecclesiology.


This endeavor is to mark out the Systematic Theology for the 21st century and the Ecclesiology (The Doctrine of the Church) section contains the following contents:


Part 10 A Systematic Theology's Angelology.


This endeavor is to mark out the Systematic Theology for the 21st century and the Angelology (The Doctrine of Angels) section contains the following contents:


Part 11 A Systematic Theology's Eschatology.


This endeavor is to mark out the Systematic Theology for the 21st century and the Eschatology (The Doctrine of Last Things) section contains the following contents:



Bibliography

The Holy Bible

New American Standard Version (NASV), 1973 Revision, copyright by The Lockman Foundation, 1960,1962,1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, and 19732, La Habra, Calif, with all rights reserved.

Greek Bible, 1550- Textus Receptus, Online Bible Foundation, 12 Birkfield Place, Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland, M184PZ, 15-2006

Greek Bible, 1881 Wescott Hort Greek Text, Online Bible Foundation, 12 Birkfield Place, Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland, M184PZ, 15-2006. [This work is no friend of the Authorized King James Bible, favoring the minority critical text and denying the existence of the inspired Holy Bible.]

Aland, Kurt, Aland, Barbara “The Greek New Testament” Fourth Revised Edition, United Bible Society, 1966, 1968, 1975, 1983, 1993, 1994, 1998. [This work is no friend of the Authorized King James Bible, favoring the minority critical text and denying the existence of the inspired Holy Bible.]

Anderson, “Annals of the English Bible”, as quoted by David Cloud in www.wayoflife.org/articles/johnwycliffe.htm (Accessed April 2010).

Bancroft, Emery H., Elemental Theology, 1932, Baptist Bible Seminary, 1945, 1960, Zondervan 1977, [In 1932 Emery H. Bancroft became the first Dean of Baptist Bible Seminary, Johnson City, NY and published his text for his course Elemental Theology. In 1968 the Seminary relocated to Clark Summit PA. In 1970 this author attended Practical Bible Training School on the Johnson City campus and studied Bancroft's text. In 1999 – 2000 this author attended Baptist Bible Seminary to take Greek (NT502 and NT503) via a 3 hour commute from Hammondsport NY to Clark Summit PA, and was reintroduced to Bancroft's exceptional work.]

Black, David Alan, & Dockery, David S., “New Testament Criticism and Interpretation” Zibdervan Publishing Housem, 1991. [This compromising book on NT criticism was required reading at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary, Landsdale Pa, after Dr. Jordon's control was overthrown by an influx of Bob Jones graduates.]

Bradley, Evangelist Bill, “Pruified Seven Times, The Miracle of the English Bible”, Landmark Baptist Press, Haines City FL, 2001.

Burgon, John William, “The Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels” Burgon, John William (1813-1888 AD), Miller, Edward (1825-1901 AD) (Editor),Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library, Publication History: Cambridge: Deighton, Bell and Co. 1896 AD, Rights: Public Domain,Date Created: 2006-05-13, (Accessed at http://www.ccel.org 11/07/07).

Cambron, Mark G. Bible Doctrines. Grand Rapids, Michigan, Zondervan Publishing House, 1954, [Independent Baptist, Professor and Dean, Tennessee Temple Bible School-College-Seminary, 1948-1959, serving with Dr. Lee Roberson (1909-2007) the founder of Tennessee Temple University in 1946], [Bible Doctrines, Beliefs That Matter is available at http://thecambroninstitute.org/library/Bible%20Doctrines.pdf and https://heritagebbc.com/bible-doctrines-class-complete/ ].

Carroll, James Milton, The Trail of Blood, 1932, open source, public domain, from https://archive.org/details/TheTrailOfBlood.

Catholic Encyclopedia, The, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen, (Accessed Feb 2008). [Roman Catholic Church doctrine filters each entry of this encyclopedia and its 'facts' are thereby always suspect.]

Chafer, Lewis Sperry. Systematic Theology. Dallas Seminary Press, 1948.[Lewis Sperry Chafer was an American theologian. He founded and served as the first president of Dallas Theological Seminary, and was an influential founding member of modern Christian Dispensationalism. Born: February 27, 1871, Rock Creek, Died: August 22, 1952, Seattle, Education: Oberlin College, Wheaton College. For my Doctorate of Philosophy in Theological Studies through LBTS, I was tasked to analyze all six volumes of his Systematic Theology and found him compromised and neoevangelical.]

Christian, John T., A History of the Baptists, Vol 1&2, The Baptist Bible Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana, first published in 1922, public domain, soft copy www.pbministries.org/History/JohnT.Christian/vol1/ or http://www.reformedreader.org/history/christian/ahob1/ahobp.htm.

Cloud, David W., “JOHN WYCLIFFE AND THE FIRST ENGLISH BIBLE” Copyright 1996, Way of Life Literature, Oak Harbor, www.wayoflife.org/articles/johnwycliffe.htm, (Accessed Feb 2008).

Cross Pollen, e-mail: thornroot@juno.com, 2001, from http://www.accuros.com/ thornbush/pollen/plenary_verbal_inspiration.htm , Last Revised: December 28, 2001 (Accessed December 2007).

Dollar, George W., A History of Fundamentalism in America, Bob Jones University Press, 1973.

Duffy, Kevin, “Who Were the Celts?”, Barnes & Nobel Books, New York, 1996

Eadie, John, “The English Bible”, 1876 as quoted by David Cloud in www.wayoflife.org/articles/johnwycliffe.htm (Accessed March 2008)

Edgeworth, Arv, “Truth and Science Newsletter”, Wed , 26 March, 2008, www.truthandscience.net (Accessed March 2008).

Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI, 1985.

Eusebiu Pamphilus, “The Ecclesiastical History of Euseius Pamphilus”, pp160 as quoted in BI-300 Inspiration of Scripture I, Syllabus, Landmark Baptist College, Haines City, FL.

Finney, Charles G., Power from On High, Christian Literature Crusade, public domain, from www.ccel.org/ccel/finney/power.html (Accessed March 2008)

Gaussen, L., Theopneustia – The plenary Inspiration of The Holy Scriptures deduced from Internal Evidence, and the Testimonies of Nature, History and Science, David Scott's translation, Chicago, The Bible Institute Colportage ASS'N., 1840, Converted to pdf format by Robert I Bradshaw, August 2004. http://www.biblcalstudies.org.uk (Accessed Dec 2007).

Geisler, Norman L, Systematic Theology in One Volume, Bethany House, 2002, 3, 4, 5, 11 [Geisler, also a neoevangelical, sharply contrasts with Lewis Sperry Chafer in that Geisler 1) admits what he is neoevangelical, 2) admits what he is attempting, a compilation of evangelical theologies, 3) shows superb organization and structure of thought, 4) contains depth, and 5) is a masterful communicator. This author cannot endorse all that Geisler believes to be true, but can endorse that he seems to capture all that has been believed by conservative evangelicals.]

Hodge, Charles, Systematic Theology: Volume I-IV, Charles Scribner & Company, 1871, Hardback- Grand Rapids, Mich., Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1940, Christian Classics Ethereal Library, http://www.ccel.org, public domain. The Internet Archive www.archive.org/details/systematictheolo01hodg, [Charles Hodge, 1797-1878, Presbyterian Minister, Princeton Theologian and called The Father of the Printed Systematic Theology.]

Larkin, Clarence. The Spirit World, Published by the Clarence Larkin Estate, 1921, Cosimo, 2005

Metzger, B.M., “A Textual Commentary of the Greek New Testament” (London: United Bible Societies, 1975). [This work is no friend of the Authorized King James Bible, favoring the minority critical text and denying the existence of the inspired Holy Bible.]

Miley, John, Systematic Theology Vol. 1 & 2, The Library of Biblical and Theological Literature, New York: Eaton and Mains, 1894, The Internet Archive http://www.archive.org/details/systematictheolo01mile. [John Miley (1813-1895), Methodist Theologian.]

Miller, Edward, “A Guide to Textual Criticism of the New Testament”, Dean Burgon Society Press, Collingswood NJ, 1886.

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Noble, Terence P., “WYCLIFFE’S NEW TESTAMENT Translated by JOHN WYCLIFFE and JOHN PURVEY” , Published by Terence P. Noble, August 2001 by Terence P. Noble from http://www.ibiblio.org/tnoble (Accessed Feb 2008).

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Rice, Edward G., The 357 Magnum Errors of the Modernist's Critical Texts, Public Domain, www.gsbaptistchurch.com/baptist/bible/texterror.pdf, www.lulu.com/shop/pastor-edward-rice/the-357-magnum-errors-of-modernists-critical-texts/paperback/product-5586759.html

Robertson, A.T., "The Minister and His Greek N.T." Zondervan, 2003.

Ryrie, Charles C., Basic Theology. Victor Books, Wheaton, Illinois, 1981.

Schaff, Philip, The Creeds of Christendom, Three volumes, 1877, reprint, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1977.

----------. History of the Christian Church. Third edition, revised in eight volumes, Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1910.

Schofield, C. I., Prophecy Made Plain, Photolithoprinted by Grand Rapids Book Manufacturers, Grand Rapids, MI, 1967.

------------. The Scofield Study Bible, Oxford University Press, 1909, 1917.

Scrivener, Frederick Henry, Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament Vol 1, Oxford, London, George Bell & Sons, Your Street Covent Garden and New York , 1894, 4th Edition edited by Rev. Edward Millar, M.A. Christian Classics Ethereal Library, Public Domain (Accessed at http://www.ccel.org 11/07/07).

Shedd, William G. T., Dogmatic Theology, Roosevelt Professor of Systematic Theology in Union Theological Seminary, New York, Charles Scribner & Sons, 1888. [The Internet Archive www.archive.org/details/dogmatictheology01sheduoft], [William G.T. Shedd, 1820-1894, Old School Presbyterian & Reformed Theologian].

----------. Calvinism: Pure and Mixed, A Defense of the Westminster Standards. 1893, reprint, Edinburgh, UK: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1986.

----------. Commentary on Romans. 1879, reprint, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1980.

Stringer, Phil, Dr. “BI-300 Inspiration of Scripture I, Syllabus”, Landmark Baptist College, Haines City, FL 33844

Strong, Augustus H., Systematic Theology:Three Volumes in 1, Philadelphia, Valley Forge PA, The Judson Press, 1907, 35th printing 1993. [Augustus H. Strong, 1836-1921, American Baptist Pastor & Theologian].

Strouse, Dr. Thomas M., “THE LORD GOD HATH SPOKEN: A GUIDE TO BIBLIOLOGY”, Tabernacle Baptist Theological Press, VA, 1992.

------------- “Charity...Rejoiceth in the Truth: A Critique of Schnaiter and Tagliapietra's Bible Preservation and the Providence of God ”, www.biblefortoday.org (Accessed 1/22/2008), www.deanburgonsociety.org/Preservation/charity.htm (Accessed 9/2/2017).

Thiessen, Henry Clarence, Lectures in Systematic Theology, Grand Rapids, Mich., William B. Eerdman Publishing Company, 1949. [Henry Clarence Thiessen, ? -1947, President of Los Angles Baptist Theological Seminary, later renamed John MacArthur's The Master's College].

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Tidwell, J.B., Thinking Straight About the Bible, or Is the Bible the Word of God, 1935, from Southern Baptists Site www.sbc.net/aboutus/heritage/tidwell.asp (Accessed 11/01/07). [J.B. Tidwell, Chairman, Bible Department, Baylor University, (1910-1946).]

Virkler, Henry A., “Hermeneutics – Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation”, 2nd Edition, Baker Academic, 1991 [An LBU BI-500 Hermeneutics text in 2011 which exalted the critical text, rejected inerrancy, infallibility, and verbal inspiration of Scripture, and dangerously esteemed the RSV above the KJB.]

Waite, Pastor D.A., Th.D., Ph.D., “Defending the King James Bible”, 3rd Edition, The Bible for Today Press, Collingswood NJ, 1992 & 2002.

Webster, Noah, Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of American English, public domain, 1828, software sourced through www.theword.net Version 5.0.0, Costas Stergiou, 2015.

Wilkinson, Benjamin G., Our Authorized Bible Vindicated, 1930, (Wilkinson was SDA (follower of Ellen White) who wrote an excellent poplar history of the textual lines.) as quoted in BI-300 Inspiration of Scripture Syllabus.

Yoho, Walter Allan, YAHWEH The Greatness of God, Volume 1 thru 3, FBCPublications.com, 2010. [Dr. Yoho teaches theology at Tabernacle Baptist Theological Seminary 717 Whitehurst Landing Rd. Virginia Beach VA 23464 under Pastor. James Baker. We met after our military-hop to Norfolk VA on our return from Mazara Del Vallo, Italy in May 2016. I have been enthralled with his three volumes of theology since that meeting.]

Zwingli, Huldrych, On the Education of Youth, Zwingli and Bullinger, The Library of Christian Classics: Ichthus Edition.



1The Holy Bible

2The question is borrowed from a giant slayer. Reference 1Sam 17:29, “And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?”

3Henry Clarence Thiessen, Lectures in Systematic Theology (Eerdmans, 1949), 226-227.

4Walter Allan Yoho, “YAHWEH The Greatness of God,” Volume 1 of 3, FBCPublications.com, 2010,71

5 Cited by Walter Allen Yoho, Stephen Charnock, The existence and Attributes of God. I. Grand Rapids, MI:Baker Book House, Reprint, 1979, 168-169.

6 Ibid. Yoho, 72

7 Chambers, Oswald, “My Utmost For His Highest

8 Gaussen, Theopneustia, 24-26

9 Lewis Sperry Chafer, Vol 1, 87.