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I.                    Hermeneutics in Apologetics

a.       Apologetics is the art and science of defending the Christian faith.

i.      This involves a positive case for Christianity (1Peter 3:15)

ii.      This also involves a negative case in refuting falsehood (2Corinthians 10:5)

b.      Relationship of false teaching to bad hermeneutics

i.      Speaking about Paul’s Epistles, Peter wrote “His letters contain some things hard to understand which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.” (2Peter 3:16b)

1.      Notice there is sin involved

2.      Notice that there is distorting of Scripture involved also

c.       In order to refute false theology, good interpretation of the Bible is needed

i.      Thus the right way to interpreting a passage must be defended on sound hermeneutical principles.

d.      Christians must demolish bad hermeneutical systems

i.      “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2Corinthians 10:5)

1.      Bad hermeneutical arguments ought to be demolished

ii.      It can be demolished in various ways

1.      Internal critique

a.       Is this hermeneutic system inconsistent?

b.      Are there informal logical fallacies or does it violate any other laws of logic internally?

2.      Take it to its undesired logical conclusion

a.       If we use the method of the bad system, would it lead to any conclusion by its very own method that its adherents would not desire?

3.      Contrast that with good hermeneutic

a.       Present the Biblical case for the Historical Grammatical Hermeneutic and what the Bible really says about the false teaching at hand.

II.                 Apologetics in Hermeneutic

a.       The very nature of studying proper hermeneutics presupposes the existence of bad interpretations and false teachings.

i.      Yet, there is a biblical mandate to refute error.

1.      This is even one of the requirements of an Elder: “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” (Titus 1:9)

b.      Presenting the argument for a good interpretation of a passage, is in its essence engaging in apologetics

i.      You are marshalling forth a positive case for the correct biblical interpretation of Scripture.

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