Nebula Scriptura

By on Jan 31, 2012

NEBULA SCRIPTURA ([neb’ yuh luh] [skrɪpt ər’ uh])

[(1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin nebulōsus full of mist, foggy, cloudy; related to Greek nephétē cloud, Old High German nebul cloud, Old Norse njól  night). (1250–1300; Middle English < Latin scrīptūra writing. See script, -ure)]

  1. Hazy, vague, indistinct, irrational, unsound or confused biblical doctrine, theology, interpretation or teaching.
  2. Biblical interpretation lacking definite form, shape, or content; doctrine that is vague or amorphous, continually fluctuating and shifting.
  3. The deconstruction of biblical Truth via misty or hazy interpretation that varies from moment to moment and which is influenced by circumstance, environment and/or experience. See Sola Experientia.
  4. The doctrine that the Bible contains knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness, and that superior spiritual wisdom can be attained through fluctuating, vacillating and innovative theological variables.
  5. Continuous biblical amendment; the spiraling cycle of supplementing plain Scripture with subjective, imprecise, irregular and/or anomalous embellishments. See Plura Scriptura.
  6. Biblical interpretation lacking a solid foundation; doctrinal deviation arising from illusion, fantasy, caprice, whim, vagary, emotion, ecstasy and/or imagination. See Narcigesis.
  7. Unmethodical, unsystematic; disorderly, capricious, erratic, eccentric, lawless and random tenets that bear some resemblance to biblical doctrine via the use of selective isolated words, phrases, verses, passages, and metaphors.
  8. Mystical or metaphysical aberrations of the basic Gospel message, including phenomena, apparitions, mysteries, secrets, codes, revelations, divinations, paranormal visitations and visits, flights, mythological or quasi-spiritual creatures, alignments, portals, astrological signs and occult symbols. See Domystic,

“…CLOUDS they are without water, carried about of WINDS;…” (Jude 1:14b)

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every WIND of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” (Eph. 4:14)

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Thank You Ken Silva for permission to place this as an article.

2 thoughts on “Nebula Scriptura

  1. Very interesting post this, and this “experimental ” idea has become quite popular among so called evangelicals, ever heard of Dr Dion Foster? ( He seems to be very into this. Been following him on the South African scene for a while now. and his work among South African Methodists certainly seem to encourage what this article talks about. I find it amazing that love of true reformed teaching is little little heard of in pulpits. Esspecially in SA


  2. Reformed and renewed Simon

    Thank you for your comment here. It is truly sad and very true that, as you say, reformed teaching is rarely heard from pulpits in SA. Our country has proven to be the perfect hunting ground for the multi-religious ecumenical “world” and is thus a great sponge for all the oddities and opponents of the Gospel one can think of.

    The shere number of people of other religious orientations have made for a staggering conglomeration of new mystical streams. Of course the fact that tolerance of all religions above all else is very strongly embraced by our modern SA society, and almost viciously promoted by the constitution and religious, political and academic authorities, has added incredible momentum to the eradication of solid biblical Christianity.

    The terms in the paragraph below describe but a very small part of the religious tragedy which has befallen our churches, an assault on so many fronts that, in my view, only a very small minority of the truly faithful and reformed have survived and the numbers are still dwindling….

    Experiential spirituality, prosperity preaching, faith healers, false charismatic signs and wonders, new age, social gospel, humanism, New Apostolic Reformation, word faith, genderless, IHOP, interfaith, global, Chrislam, mystic, mystical, mysticism, Global Day of Prayer, Turn to God, Hebraic roots, Mighty Men, Worthy Women, Lausanne, prophecy schools, TBN, GodTV, labyrinths, prayer walking, running, whispering, boxing, eating icecream, harvesting, transforming, picking peaches, sleeping and what ever else for God, seeker friendly, Purpose Driven, lectio divina, women pastors, centering prayer, meditation, ancestral, slaying in the spirit, holy ghost bartenders, speaking in tongues, Rob Bell, Potato faith, driving out demons, binding spirits, anointing oils, holy water from Nigeria…. there are thousands more.

    Tragic, the above, yet foretold in the Word. I don’t think Dr. Dion Foster would disapprove of too many of the above and sadly, neither would many others who like to regard themselves as Christians. Who am I to say, though?

    True Reformed teaching deals harshly with sin and unrepentant sinners. That is not a subject that the people who pay large amounts of money for their spiritual experiences want to hear being addressed from pulpits. Reformed preaching does not fill pews, pockets or egos.

    … and please don’t understand that I’m in any way opposed to church growth or that I’m a raving conservative. Quite to the contrary, I really enjoy taking a few extra spoonsful sometimes! Maybe too often, the conservative would most likely say.


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