Some Questions on the New Strand Study Bible

They have Twittered it, and Facebooked it – but I have a few questions.

Brad Strand, M.Ed., and Masters of Arts in Religion from Liberty University in 2001, is pastor of the Harvest Bible Church in Cash, Texas. He has labored relentlessly on THE STRAND STUDY BIBLE since the fall of 1977. Well over 30,000 hours have been spent putting this work together. It is a work of a lifetime, inspired by a love for the truth.

Okay, fine and dandy, but so far, from the little bit that I have seen, I have questions:

strandFirst, it is obvious that the author has a biased to what he considers Christianity.

  • Does the author really intend to mean that the New Covenant which began with Christ, which tore down the middle wall between God and humanity started in Eden?
  • Does the author really intend to associate Judaism with Gnosticism, Socialism, and Christian Science among a whole host of questionable (to say the very least) groups?
  • Does the author really to mean that Catholicism started somewhere in a 400 year period, and is a false way, but gave birth to both Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism, which the author considers Christianity?
  • Is Judaism a heresy, considering that somehow it started on the death of Moses?
  • Doesn’t God’s program to redeem humanity end with the Church?

And what’s up with the Birth Certificate? You can download the pdf of the Strand Timeline here.

I invite the author to respond. (Update – the author choose to respond via a third party on Facebook – see the comments section.)

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36 Replies to “Some Questions on the New Strand Study Bible”

  1. Joel,

    Pastor Strand responded via email and I copied and pasted the content below:

    Thanks for the questions. By the way, it is never wrong to have questions, however the tone of your questions as well as the questions themselves indicate both irresponsible dishonesty and ignorance concerning biblical matters. For example:

    First of all, you bet I have a bias when it comes to what I consider what is and is not Christianity. And you should too, if you are a true believer. True Christianity comes from a salvation based upon grace, not works. Every religion that appears in the color “teal” on my chart believes in salvation based upon works, not grace. So, yes, I have a bias when it comes to what I consider what is and is not Christianity. Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist, in an internet article called Do They Think Jesus Was a Liar?, noted:

    “I am shocked and appalled over a newly published survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. It finds most Americans believe there are many ways to salvation besides their own faith. Most disturbing of all is the majority of self-identified evangelical Christians who believe this.
    Apparently they must think Jesus was a liar, or mistaken, when he said: ‘I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me.’ Look it up.
    This theological ignorance is a product of several things. It is surely a product of biblical illiteracy by people who don’t read, or selectively read scripture. It is also fallout from political correctness vice that says you are intolerant if you believe anything to be true, because people who have another truth, or no truth, might feel bad and experience rejection.
    If they feel rejection now, wait until they hear ‘away from me, I never knew you.’
    Tolerance is a good thing. People should tolerate and respect people of different faiths, or no faith. But watering down your own set of professed doctrines in order to appeal to the lowest spiritual common denominator is akin to Peter denying Christ three times.
    If there are many paths to heaven, Jesus suffered and died for nothing. He could have stayed in heaven, sent down a book of sayings and avoided crucifixion. Orthodox Christians have always believed – and their Bible teaches them – there is only one path to heaven and it is through Jesus Christ and him alone. One can believe whatever one wishes, but you can’t be considered a Christian without believing in this fundamental doctrine.
    Christian churches have a lot of work to do in addressing biblical illiteracy, ignorance and, yes, heresy, in their midst. They might want to pay more attention to fixing what’s gone wrong among their members before expending too much energy on politics and politicians.” 1

    Secondly, the New Covenant “did” begin with Christ, however it began with the promise of Christ in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:15), not the birth of Christ 4000 years later. This New Covenant was new to Israel (Heb 8:6-8), not to mankind. Abraham understood this covenant, which dealt with salvation through the coming Messiah (Gal 3:16-18), over 400 years before Israel was even birthed as a nation (Exo 14), and he lived 1800 years before Christ. The New Covenant is the promise of everlasting life through Christ, which was promised to mankind before the world began (Titus 1:2 and Rev 13:8). So, yes, I really do mean that the New Covenant started in the Garden.

    Thirdly, read your history. According to both The New Age Encyclopedia (Vol. 11, p. 16-19) and An Incomplete Education (p. 453-457), Judaism differs greatly from that of Christianity. Whereas Judaism is a religion based on “works” (via adherence to the laws that Moses was told to write down in order that God might establish a nation in which he desired to bring forth His MESSIAH), Christianity is a faith based on “grace” (via the “WORK” of CHRIST – Jonah 2:9), which was promised to the human race before the world began (Rev 13:8 and Titus 1:2). Seeing that Moses believed what his great-great-great-great grandfather (i.e., Abraham) believed (i.e., salvation by grace – Exo 3:1-6, Rom 4:1-16, Gal 3:6-8 and Jn 8:56-58), Moses was a MESSIANIC believer, not a person of Judaism. Again, Judaism may have started with Moses (that is, his death – Jude 9), but Moses did not start Judaism. Even our LORD opposed Judaism and fought against it continually during His three-year ministry on earth (Mt 9:16,17). The Apostle Paul opposed Judaism as well (Gal 2:14).

    Lastly, the Church is raptured during the Seven-year Tribulation Period and will have no bearing on the 1000-year Millennium, as the nation of Israel will once again be in the spotlight. So, yes, God’s Program to redeem humanity will end with the restored nation of Israel, not the Jewish/Gentile Church. Where did you say you went to church? And where did you say you got your theology?

    His servant,

    Brad Strand

  2. <blockquote>however the tone of your questions as well as the questions themselves indicate both irresponsible dishonesty and ignorance concerning biblical matters.</blockquote>
    I’m speechless . . .

  3. Have you looked up the verse that he qoutes? Seems like he has them to back him……. I would use the King James Verison.

    For the question of “how the Judish people fit in” Romans 1:16
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

    I dont personally know the Judaism belief but from my studies they believe that is works…. not grace…. Salvation is by Grace and Grace alone… not of works. God didnt create Judaism, people created Judaism! God gave us laws to live by, but to get to Heaven God came to earth make that path…. read Romans
    Moses found Grace in the Lord Exodus 33…. Wow same Grace that is talk about in New Testament, the only difference between us and the old testment is old testment look forward to the Cross we look back to the Cross… God pomise before the world begin Titus 1:2.

    Thank You!!

  4. Bro. Joel, (I use this term loosely because I don’t realy think you are a true christian) I think all you want to do is argue and not try and understand the facts put forth in the Bible. It is obvious that you are of another faith except christianity, So very obvious. BUT keep reading and you may become convenced, although I doubt it. Strand answered you correctly and I gather dosent realy feel you want to know just argue. a pointless waste of his time.

  5. INSULTS, I read all the comments between you and this mr. Strand. I saw only truths from him to you and he answered all your questions in his reply . Why can’t you just take that and stop insulting him….

  6. To say the OT saints were saved by works is heretical. God is not a respecter of persons.

    If Christ was truly slain before the foundation of the world it is within reason to conclude Christianity began with the promise of a messiah and not the actual coming of the messiah.

    We are limiting our God by time when we know He is outside of space and time. To say the OT saints could not be saved by Christ because He had not physically stepped into time is denying His very nature. God is everywhere at every time. The same God who spoke the world into existence saved the sinner by simply proclaiming His Promise.

    “Moses had to sacrifice for his sins, and they were never fully removed.”
    (So, is Moses in Hell?)

    Assuming Moses and the OT saints had to sacrifice in order to attain heaven, how does Isaiah 64:6 fit in?

    1. Chuck,

      The OT Saints were in a works religion, but they were saved, or brought to perfection only after Christ came.

      You need to first examine what ‘foundation of the world means’. Christianity began with Christ, not before.

      You misunderstand the nature and the role of the Incarnation, Chuck.

      No, Moses is in heaven, I would assume. But, he had to wait until Christ had come.

      As far as Isaiah 64.6, you need to understand the entire passage, and place it in the proper context. You cannot just pick and choose random verses and pin doctrines on them. Isaiah is constantly looking forward to the New Testament with Christ.

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