You have probably heard someone speak of a person or a church as “sound” or “unsound.” What do we mean by those terms? What do the Scriptures mean when they use them? How should we view “soundness” in individuals and churches, and how might we avoid self-deception in these matters?
Speak where the Bible speaks; be silent where the Bible is silent. We can understand how this slogan came about on account of the various competing sources of authority in “Christendom.” Yet the premise is only as good as it is truly followed, for it proves far too easy to be silent where the Bible speaks, and speak where the Bible is silent.
In a world of religious confusion the call went out to use “Bible names for Bible doctrines.” The statement sounds appealing; the concerns it critiques are most valid. And yet “Bible names” could become just as problematic depending how they are used. We do well to explore how language is to be used to communicate the purposes of God.