Nov 28, 2012

Throgmorton on the Weak

Dr. W. P. Throgmorton (1849-1929) was another who believed that the common interpretation concerning the weak brothers of I Cor. chapter eight was wrong.  Most interpreters believe that they are born again Christians and yet the context shows that they are not Christians, but polytheists.  In a debate with Elder J. R. Daily of the "Primitive Baptist" church, Throgmorton said:

 "We read of one weak brother for whom Christ died that perished. I Corinthians 8:10-11 “For if any man see thee which hast knowledge, sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols? And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?” In the Revised Version, American, it reads: For through thy knowledge he that is weak perisheth, the brother for whom Christ died.” It doesn’t mean a brother in Christ, because we have seen that those in Christ will never perish, but here is a brother in Adam for whom Christ died, who perishes. The Greek word apoleitai (apoleitai) is the same as in John 3:16, where the word perish occurs."  (see here)

In my series on the weak brothers, I showed how Dr. Lightfoot believed that the weak of I Cor. 9: 22 were not saved people, although he failed to see that this is the same group mentioned in the previous eighth chapter.  Also, Dr. Mark Nanos has written a scholarly paper that also shows that the weak are not Christians. (see here)  See my postings on this beginning here in the Baptist Gadfly (see here).

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