Providential Preservation Argues for a Closed Canon

This post taken from Exegetical Grounding, 96-97,

“argues for the end of the historic, providential process once the text is the replica of the exemplar, both the process and the end according to the plan of God, or a closed canon. The terminus is written by the Apostle John in Revelation 22:18-19. Speaking for not only the letter to the seven churches, but canonically to the whole of Scripture, there is by God’s care and keeping, a 66-book whole, that if added to or taken from will result in that soul’s eternal damnation. For an eternal curse to be merited, the lines of demarcation must be crystal clear. That added must be added to the existing whole, and that taken away must be subtracted from the same. These verses of dire warning are pointless if the text of Scripture is fluid. The Judge of all the earth will do right, and the premise of the condemnation is adding or subtracting from a known quantity, that which has come to completion, the written word of God.”

Published by Dr. Peter Van Kleeck, Sr.

Dr. Peter William Van Kleeck, Sr. : B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College, 1986; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1990; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1998; D. Min, Bob Jones University, 2013. Dr. Van Kleeck was formerly the Director of the Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, (1990-1994) lecturing, researching and writing in the defense of the Masoretic Hebrew text, Greek Received Text and King James Bible. His published works include, "Fundamentalism’s Folly?: A Bible Version Debate Case Study" (Grand Rapids: Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, 1998); “We have seen the future and we are not in it,” Trinity Review, (Mar. 99); “Andrew Willet (1562-1621: Reformed Interpretation of Scripture,” The Banner of Truth, (Mar. 99); "A Primer for the Public Preaching of the Song of Songs" (Outskirts Press, 2015). Dr. Van Kleeck is the pastor of the Providence Baptist Church in Manassas, VA where he has ministered for the past twenty-one years. He is married to his wife of 43 years, Annette, and has three married sons, one daughter and eighteen grandchildren.

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