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Hermeneutics - General




Please review supplied material from GGWO on hermeneutic presuppositions and principles relevant to proper biblical interpretation.


1.      Do you agree with these general hermeneutic principles?  If no, which points and why.  Can you identify Scriptures that support or refute these principles?  Are there any exceptions to these principles (apart from prophetic Scripture)?  If yes, please list the exceptions and support with Scripture.

Answer: agree with principles.



·        Exceptions – NONE.

·        Yes with one exception – Chapter 26 – Progressive Revelation – disagree with the definition.  It is not that God makes the revelation clearer as you proceed in the Word of God.  God over time in the canon, which is closed, reveals more. We know more now that those in Christ’s time.

·        No new doctrines but we infer that we are dispensational.

·        2 Tim. 3:15; 1 Cor. 2:13; Isa. 28:9-10; Mt. 4:4; 2 pet. 3;17; 1 Pet. 1:20-21; Dan. 12:4; Ezek 12:24; Heb. 1:1; 1 Jn 2:27; Rom. 16:25-26;

·        The purpose is the preaching of Christ and that it not be taken out of context; that it be the rev of the mystery made known.

·        2 Pet 1:19-21 – not out of context but that it should be clearly done within the context reaffirming the principles.



2.      Review the handout on GGWO’s Statement of Faith.  Do you agree or disagree that these are the primary doctrines of GGWO?  Are there other doctrines not included in this list that you consider to be primary doctrines of our faith?

Answer: Unanimously Agree that the GGWO Statement of Faith are all primary doctrines.



·        Should eschatology be included as a primary doctrine and  our position on pre-destination should be added.

·        Expanding on gifts of HS, royal law of love, doct of marriage, doct of women as pastors or elders.

·        List should be formalized further.  Should we have literal blood be changed to efficacious sacrifice of Christ on the Cross for our sins.  Primary doctrines should be better defined.

·        We have primary doctrines of our faith.  Eschatology should be there; doctrine of pastor-teacher.  There are other doctrines that are accepted.

·        Others included might be expansion on depravity of man and authority of the bible.

·        We have a dispensational view of hermeneutics.




3.      Do you agree that all GGWO affiliates should adhere to these doctrines?  Does disagreeing with primary doctrines preclude a ministry from participation and/or affiliation with GGWO?  What impact should differences in secondary doctrines or methodology have on fellowship?

Answer: Unanimously, Yes.  All affiliates should adhere to these doctrines.



  • Yes, with primary, participation – yes with qualifications.  Secondary doctrines – some do and some don’t.  Methodology should not have an impact on fellowship.
  • This needs to be defined.  Not teach my secondary doctrines with respect to another man’s pulpit; don’t make it a part of division; if I do not hold to that conviction I do not demean or belittle other Pastors position (Gen. 6 – some disagree on origin of demons.)
  • Unity with regard to primary doctrines but exercise flexibility with secondary doctrines.
  • Participation for fellowships and special events, evangelization can take place but no affiliation; need definition for “secondary doctrines”.  Once defined should not be cause for cutting off fellowship.
  • Primary doctrines should be mostly cardinal doctrines.  Impact?  Not sure.
  • Emphasis on participation (Amos 3:3).  No, more clarification on secondary doctrines.
  • Yes.  Split:  affiliation – No; cardinal doctrines of the one faith delivered unto the saints.  Participation – yes with a spirit of love to eschew elitism.  Have open arms to rest of Christianity.  Impact – None, but most likely.
  • Yes.  None.  No issue of fellowship. Methodology should not affect fellowship if it is secondary.
  • Yes.  No on affiliation, but yes on participation.  Impact – should not affect our fellowship because we are already affiliated.
  • Yes.  Affiliation – unresolved as to whether certain aspects of eschatology are grounds.  Impact – secondary doctrine or methodology does not affect fellowship.