A Question I Was Asked:

Are My Views Infallible? What are my Credentials?

What Right Do I Have to Express My Bible Views?

...I notice you have answered many Bible questions for a long time, maybe several years. Are you saying that your Bible views are infallible? Are you a published writer? What are your credentials, if any?

UK Apologetics Reply:

My "Bible views," as you call them, are certainly not infallible, simply my honestly held opinion. I am not in the pay of any religious organisation nor denomination but I have studied the Bible extensively so, perhaps, I have more reason than most to state my own views. So there it is. I try to respond to Bible questions as honestly as I can but I have no doubt that, here and there, you might find the odd error. I am certainly imperfect like all of us.

However, I should just point out that my opinions on the Bible are broadly in line with the majority of Christianity down through the ages. I support the great Christian creeds in the main, certainly including The Apostles' Creed. I am certainly not in the position of the founders of the cults and sects, seeking to draw away 'disciples' after themselves. If people ask me which church they should attend I tell them they must make their own decision on that, although they should ensure that that church is genuinely Christian, not liberal in one direction nor extremist in the other (whether we speak of extreme charismatic or extreme prophetic), and that it fully supports The Apostles' Creed. Other than that, I say, as Billy Graham used to say, 'finding a church to attend is your part of the deal.' However, due to the increasing infiltration of Protestantism by several extreme and unbiblical teachings, for some it will be better to pray, study and learn in one's own home.

Let us just remind ourselves of the great Apostle's Creed:

1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
5. The third day he rose again from the dead:
6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:
9. I believe in the holy catholic [universal] church: the communion of saints:
10. The forgiveness of sins:
11. The resurrection of the body:
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.

That creed is the 'bottom line' on Christianity; if one says, "Well, I believe that bit but not the other bit..." that person is not a Christian.

Religious Education

In my own defence, as one who freely states his biblical views on the internet, I do have a good-level theology degree from Cardiff University theology department (1995-1998), which is part of the University of Wales. I studied both Hebrew and Greek (the two main Bible languages), and therefore may be referred to as a 'Christian theologian.' I even make my university examination results, starting from year one, available for perusal HERE. It is disappointing that Cardiff University no longer offer theology degrees since Cardiff had been considered one of the best places one could study theology. I have done in-depth studies of several New Testament books in Greek, including John, Romans and Galatians, the last of which I have produced my own translation of, my RAB version (only available online - freely - here). But even long before this I had read the Bible through - cover to cover - about 3-4 times. At some point I have read most of the great Bible interpreters/exegetes including much of the 'church fathers,' also, Luther, Calvin, Aquinas, Karl Rahner, Karl Barth and many others. I am also familiar with the basic theological/philosophical views/writings of the more recent C.S. Lewis, F.F. Bruce, Wayne Grudem, J.C. Ryle, Francis Schaeffer and, once again, many, many others. So I am biblically broad-based, not particularistic; this, I would suggest, puts me in a stronger position than the more 'narrow alley' training of certain of the seminaries and religious colleges. I remain a firmly Bible-believing evangelical (not to be confused with 'charismatic').

Published? Yes.

I am internet published to the tune of well over a thousand articles (as I write this). Apart from being 'published' in internet terms (a perfectly legitimate use of the word) I have had several articles published in various evangelical-type magazines and papers here in the UK, although none now for several years as I focus on this internet ministry. These include The Evangelical Times, and I also did some research on various cults and sects for another of the Evangelical Times leading writers of the time (about 15-17 years ago), also, I had something published in Evangelicals Now - I can no longer recall what it was called, and I had a longish article on the flaws within Adventism serialized in the Reachout Trust magazine/newsletter, this would have been around 1998-2002. In fact, two or three articles written by me were still on their website around five years ago, I have no idea if they are still there. More recently (around 2014) a Canadian anti-Seventh Day Adventist magazine published my article 'The Move Away From Legalism' in their Proclamation! magazine. It is here. In the event, they edited my article rather more than I gave permission for them to do but there you go... The Gospel Outreach magazine also publishes my 'The Move Away From Legalism' article in full here.

Quoted? Yes.

I am quoted in a number of places on the Christian internet, I am also flattered to have several quotes from myself included in the 2012 book, 'The Bondservant's Life', written by John Brenner Chandler and published in South Dakota. I have a copy. The writer had contacted me, asking if he could quote me, I readily agreed. I thought it might be just one or maybe two quotes but he quotes me several times in this book. I am flattered by this. Also, flattered to be quoted in such a very fine book. Also, the late reformed minister Rev. Neal Punt, of Grand Haven, USA, who passed away in 2016 (at aged 87), quoted me very favourably several times on the website which he used to have, I think - if memory serves correct - the website was called 'The Evangelical Inclusivist,' but it seems to be gone now, which is a little sad. I had been in regular contact with Neal for a while and he told me he was going to quote me in his 2008 book, 'A Theology of Inclusivism,' and he was keen to send me a copy when it was complete. In fact he sent me several copies of his fine book but, in the event, the book does not quote me at all, whether by oversight, the memory lapses of old age, or whatever. But Neal admired the way that I explained 'evangelical inclusivism' and told me he was going to embrace it. I think his book does indeed do that. Neal is missed. He was an underrated writer.

In addition to all of the above, I know I am quoted elsewhere too but no longer remember the details.

Robin A. Brace. July 26th, 2014. Updated: November, 2017.