There are two projects of biblical interpretation going on under the label of the Christian Faith and under the roofs of many Christian churches and denominations in contemporary Western culture.
Project 1: Listening to Scripture as not merely the words of men but the Word of God. It’s hearing and heeding the Voice of the Sovereign Lord, recognizing and submitting to the presence of his Person and Attributes. It’s a servant obeying his Master.
Project 2: Listening to Scripture as merely the words of men as they grow and evolve from generation to generation, slowly attending to their former ignorance and confusion, in their contemplations of God. It’s a consumer negotiating a deal.
Project 1 is the historic Christian Faith.
Project 2 is disguised heathen infidelity.
Project 1 is knowing that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and not leaning upon one’s own understanding. It’s about recognizing that one cannot trust one’s own impulses and intuitions. It confesses the need for God’s grace to reform one’s thoughts and desires.
Project 2 is treating all of one’s own internal impulses as beautiful expressions of authenticity and a fresh work of the Holy Spirit doing something new in the Church. It’s a failure to recognize the subversive and destructive reality of the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Project 1 knows that there is a different Jesus, a different Spirit, and a different Gospel (all deceptive and malicious) than what the Church faithfully received from the Prophets and the Apostles and the Lord himself.
Project 2 is offended by this notion.
Project 1 is walking in paths of righteousness and persevering in faith.
Project 2 is horny faith deconstruction.
Project 1 is faith seeking understanding.
Project 2 is presumption seeking affirmation.
Project 1 is the Spirit and life.
Project 2 is the flesh and death.
So, in addition to saying what goes on under many church roofs, it’s important to say that these two projects go on in many Christian hearts.
Project 1 is seeing the invisible, hearing the inaudible, and touching the intangible.
Project 2 is being blind, deaf, and numb.