Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Summer 1992

What is Truth?
Richard M. Riss

Several decades ago, when Neo-Orthodoxy was seriously undermining the Christian faith in some circles, Francis Schaeffer dealt with this problem with tremendous effectiveness. He demonstrated that the attempt of Neo-Orthodoxy to reconcile Christianity with certain key aspects of the secular world-view had miserably failed.

Neo-Orthodox theologians, such as Emil Brunner in The Divine-Human Encounter, had hoped to reconcile their naturalistic viewpoints with the Christian faith by recognizing the Bible as being "true" in a religious sense, but not necessarily true in its statements about the natural world. Within this framework, if a passage in the Bible seemed to speak to you, or touched you in some way (by the awakening of your conscience, for example), then it was considered true in the sense that you had an encounter with God; but it was not necessarily accurate historically or scientifically.

With this viewpoint, they thought it would be possible to discard the Biblical world view, disbelieving the miracles recorded in the Bible, while holding to the "essence" of Christianity. However, the claims of the Bible are true. It does not merely contain the Word of God; rather, it is the Word of God. All of the statements of the Bible carry specific content, and that content is true.

There is more to truth than the mere communication of content. Jesus said, "I am the ... truth." Neo-Orthodoxy was wrong in dismissing the actual nature of Christian truth, but was right in affirming that there is more to truth than a collection of propositional statements. It is especially important to bearth is in mind as we consider the Word of God. The Word of God is the creative life force that brought the entire universe into being. God spoke, and His creative Word brought forth light. Both the heavens and the earth were spoken into existence, and when He gave the Word, there was life.

We communicate by the exchange of information or ideas. But this is not God's method of communicating. When He communicates, He sends forth a Word that contains Himself within it. His Word is "a part of Himself in living power filled with light, vibrant life, and creative force. Thus, when His Word comes to us, it is filled with the very life of God Himself. Living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, the Word of God brings to light the hidden things of the heart, and changes the human personality to conform to the character of God.

When God speaks, He gives Himself to us, but we need to allow His Word to do its work within us when He speaks, and then live in accordance with it. There is no greater