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"The teaching of right division is not a new concept designed by the author, but rather the scriptural mandate of God." Dr. Douglas D. Stauffer, Author
"Failing to 'rightly divide the word of truth,' can give rise to a theology that will take us places God never intended us to be. Every Bible college, every seminary, and every church should avail itself of this work as a key textbook and reference tool. I give my hearty recommendation to One Book Rightly Divided." Dr. Jerry L. Rockwell, Vice President, SWORD OF THE LORD PUBLISHERS (copied from the back cover of the Second Edition)
One Book Rightly Divided
Synopsis (page x):One Book Rightly Divided tackles one of the most pressing theological debates of our time—how to properly interpret the scriptures. Unlike most hermeneutical works, this book empowers the student by presenting the Bibles own internal method of self-interpretation.
The teaching of right division is not a new concept designed by the author, but rather the scriptural mandate of God.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15)
By allowing the Bible to interpret itself, alleged contradictions and cultic heresies lose their power to confuse. Likewise, difficult passages (the ones evaded in the commentaries) are suddenly reconcilable by rightly dividing the word of truth.
Unique in its versatility, One Book Rightly Divided serves as a Christian's study guide, a Bible college textbook, or a pastor's homiletical aid. The reader will be helped by the many illuminating charts and the absence of technical language.
This volume will enhance the Christian's personal walk with God by providing him with the biblical key to Bible study.
"Any person is a dispensationalist who trusts the blood of Christ rather than bringing an animal sacrifice, and any person is a dispensationalist who observes the first day of the week rather than the seventh." Lewis Sperry Chafer, Dispensationalism (Dallas: Dallas Seminary Press, 1936), p. 9.
BACK COVER:God has given man the Bible, yet the scriptures are debated with more vigor and less agreement today than in any previous time. The resultant widespread error propagated by churches and cults has compelled the author to produce this work. One Book Rightly Divided addresses many difficult and confusing questions such as:
What is the real meaning of Acts 2:38 "...repent and be baptized for the remission of sins...?" Is baptism a requirement for salvation?
Since the New Testament does not begin in Matthew chapter one, where does it begin (Hebrews 9:17, John 19:33)
Which of the seven types of baptism was Paul implementing when he re-baptized the converts of John the Baptist? (Acts 19:1-6)
God took His Spirit and His mercy from King Saul. Should a Christian be concerned about losing either of these? (I Samuel 16:14, II Samuel 7:15)
Whose names will be removed from the Lamb's book of life? (Revelation 3:5)
One Book Rightly Divided will enable the reader to answer the critic and solve his own personal uncertainties concerning difficult passages within the word of God.
Another recommendation from the back cover (first four printings):
"One Book Rightly Divided fulfills a real need for a work on Biblical dispensations. It is well balanced and provides the reader with a complete understanding of the Bible time-line. A thorough study of this material will give the student an enhanced knowledge of the Word of God."Dr. J. Wendell Runion
President, International Baptist Outreach Missions, Inc.
President, International Baptist College & Seminary
Excerpts from the foreword by Dr. William P. Grady (first four printings):
"...It is certainly no coincidence that the most important verse in scripture dealing with this matter (of how to properly interpret scripture) has been shamefully adulterated in every modern translation. Not only is II Timothy 2:15 the sole passage where a Christian is commanded to study his Bible, but it also constitutes the only place that tells him how to do so."...Because the Bible is a supernatural book, it addresses individual passages to any one of three distinct groups—Jews, Gentiles, or Christians (I Corinthians 10:32). Applying the hermeneutical discipline of 'right division' is the only way to ensure that a message intended for one group is not accidentally intercepted and incorrectly applied by another."...Heretics are not the only ones who can misinterpret the Bible. Some of God's finest servants have discovered that the scriptural mandate of right division is no respecter of persons. When Martin Luther espoused "sola gratia, sola fide, sola scriptura," his Vatican antagonists attempted to assail his first two positions by discrediting him with the third. If the renegade monk would preach 'by grace alone through faith alone,' then they would have him exegete 'Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.' (James 2:24)."The frustrated reformer never did get it straight, and went so far as to offer his doctor's beret to anyone who could reconcile Paul and James on the subject of justification. In Luther's preface to the New Testament of 1522, the inspired book of James was stigmatized as 'an epistle of straw.' A grasp of right division would have led Luther to begin his study by comparing Galatians 3:28 with James 1:1."The Lord has graciously used Dr. Stauffer to render an invaluable service to the Body of Christ by producing the spiritual masterpiece, One Book Rightly Divided. As the author will not claim exclusive illumination for the source of his dispensational gems, neither will he assume infallible inspiration. The ability to rightly divide scripture is a humbling experience, as it fosters an ever-increasing awareness of just how little we really do know."...The content of this book will undoubtedly create shock waves within certain 'camps' of fundamentalism, as the 'King James Only' position originally did. For many sincere pastors and church members who have been hungering to learn God’s Word, One Book Rightly Divided will truly become The Key to Understanding the Bible. No longer will the twisted interpretations of the deceptive cultists retain their power to exasperate dedicated soul winners..."