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The Enemies Within

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This past week I learned that someone who I did not know, but who is a friend of a friend, had apostasized. I'll limit the details to preserve privacy, but what it boils down to is a sad and typical story. 

The man had questions. 

He asked them in a church class.

The minister said that the class was "not the place" to ask questions. 

The man turned to popular atheist literature and believed it.

I'm sorry to say that in many years of apologetics ministry, it is ministers who are frequently "the enemy within". Not always, obviously. But ever since the 1980s, many of the roadblocks placed in my path, or many of the opportunities that were squandered, went that way because some minister lacked the courage, conviction or knowledge to stand up for what was right or what was helpful.

In the next few weeks, I'd like to look at some examples of leading ministers and figures who have been predominant as "enemies within". Some will not be surprising. Many will…

Romans 1:3-6 NOT Interpolation

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Rom 1:3 (all NIV) 3 "regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David..." Paul's clearest statement of  Jesus as flesh and blood.  This has to be denied by the mythers because it blows away their thesis. Doherty's theory relays heavily upon Romans, this statement destroys it. Thus mythers have made many attempts to understand it as an interpolation,an ad on from way after Paul's death. Yet if we examine the basic assumption of all of these attempts it comes apart at the seems. 

Real scholars  don't discuss this issue that much, most of what is written about it is by mythers who seek desperately to eliminate that passage. There is a lot of good scholarly informed writing about it by Neil Godfrey on the Vridar blog. He's an atheist  and most of the people he cites are mytherss but some  are not. One who is not is A. D. Howell Smitharguing against mythers of the 1940s admits  to a possible interpolation  in the passage, Godfrey quotes:&…