Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Six Arguments Against the Apocrypha
We are continuing our series at CRBC through the Second London Baptist Confession (1689). On Sunday November 6 I led a Bible Study on Canon and Apocrypha from chapter one, paragraph three of the confession.
I concluded by offering the following six arguments against the inclusion of the Apocrypha within the canon of Scripture:
1. It was rejected by the Jews, the guardians of God’s oracles (Romans 3:2), as Scripture.
2. It was not written and preserved in the language of the Old Testament (either Hebrew or Aramaic).
3. It is not always historically reliable and cannot be considered infallible.
4. It makes use of fiction, false information, and pseudonyms.
5. It is never directly cited as Scripture in the New Testament.
6. It was and is not universally recognized by believers as inspired.