Torrey Principles of Biblical Interpretation

Torrey’s work, Principles of Biblical Interpretation, is directed towards applying sound principles of Bible exposition in the interpretation and understanding of God’s word. 

Torrey’s work, Principles of Biblical Interpretation, is directed towards applying sound principles of Bible exposition in the interpretation and understanding of God’s word. The Importance and Value of Proper Bible Study with the principles stated in this work.


Contents of Principles of Biblical Interpretation

1. Get absolutely right with God yourself by the absolute
surrender of your will to Him.
2. Be determined to find out just what God intended to teach
and not what you wish Him to teach.
3. Get the most accurate text.
4. Find the most exact and literal meaning of the text.
5. Note the exact force of each word used.
6. Interpret the words used in any verse according to Bible
usage.
7. Interpret the words of each author in the Bible with a regard
to the particular usage of that author.
8. Interpret individual verses with a regard to the context.
9. Interpret individual passages in the light of parallel or related
passages.
10. Interpret obscure passages in the light of passages that are
perfectly plain.
11. Interpret any passage in the Bible as those who were
addressed would have understood it.
12. Interpret what belongs to the Christian as belonging to the
Christian; what belongs to the Jew, as belonging to the Jew,
and what belongs to the Gentiles, as belonging to the
Gentiles.
13. Interpret each writer with a view to the opinions the writer
opposed.
14. Interpret poetry as poetry and interpret prose as prose.
15. The Holy Spirit is the best interpreter of the Bible.

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Reuben Archer Torrey

Torrey Revival FiresReuben Archer Torrey (28 January 1856 – 26 October 1928) was an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer. He graduated from Yale University in 1875 and Yale Divinity School in 1878. Following graduation, Torrey became  Congregational minister in Garrettsville, Ohio, in 1878. After further studies in theology at Leipzig University and Erlangen University in 1882–1883, Torrey joined Dwight L. Moody in his evangelistic work in Chicago in 1889, and became superintendent of the Bible Institute of the Chicago Evangelization Society (now Moody Bible Institute).

Five years later, he became pastor of the Chicago Avenue Church (now the Moody Church) in 1894.  In 1902–1903, he preached in nearly every part of the English-speaking world and with song leader Charles McCallon Alexander conducted revival services in Great Britain from 1903 to 1905. During this period, he also visited China, Japan, Australia, and India. Torrey conducted a similar campaign in American and Canadian cities in 1906–1907. Throughout these campaigns, Torrey used a meeting style that he borrowed from Moody's campaigns of the 1870s. In 1907, he accepted an honorary doctorate from Wheaton College.[expand title="Read more"]

Works by R.A. Torrey

How to Bring Men to Christ, (1893)
Baptism with the Holy Spirit, (1895)
How to Study the Bible with Greatest Profit, (1896)
How to Obtain Fullness of Power in Christian Life and Service (1897)
How to Pray, 
What the Bible Teaches, (1898)
Divine Origin of the Bible,  (1899)
How to Promote and Conduct a Successful Revival, (1901)
How to Work for Christ, (1901)
Revival Addresses, (1903)
Talks to Men About the Bible and the Christ of the Bible, (1904)
The Bible and Its Christ: Being Noonday Talks with Business Men on Faith and Unbelief (1906)
Difficulties in the Bible, (1907)
Studies in the Life and Teachings of our Lord, (1909)
The Higher Criticism and the New Theology (1911)
The Fundamentals: a Testimony to the Truth Editor, (four volumes) ISBN 0-8010-8809-7
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit 
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit: Who He Is and What He Does and How to Know Him in All the Fulness of His Gracious and Glorious Ministry
The Importance and Value of Proper Bible Study
Why God Used D. L. Moody, (1923) (modern reprint by CrossReach Publications, 2016)
The Voice of God in the Present Hour (1917)
Is the Bible the Inerrant Word of God?: And was the Body of Jesus Raised from the Dead? (1922)
The Power of Prayer and the Prayer of Power, (1924)
The Bible, the Peerless Book: Gods Own Book and Gods Only Book (1925)
How to Succeed in the Christian Life, 
The Gospel for Today
Real Salvation and Whole-Hearted Service
The Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian Faith, 
Torrey's Topical Textbook
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Anecdotes and Illustrations
The Deity of Jesus Christ (posts/available on 7/6/2020)
Short article: Keep Praying Until God Answers When He Seems Not to Hear, Trust Him Still (included in Cox Articles on soulwinning)
By R. A. Torrey (1856–1928)
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Getting People to faithfully integrate in the Church
is an article on how to get people to participate in your church. This article links to more articles dealing with these issues.
Topics: So we should start with the reason as far as why a Christian should congregate. | A. Why people come to church | The Wrong Reasons for Coming to Church | (1) Because somebody makes me go to church | (2) Because I want to find a Christian mate | (3) Because I want the economic benefits the church offers me | a. Christians have to renounce riches and the retaining of riches to be truly saved. | b. The value of a person's life is not in the possessions he owns. | c. Covetousness is a great sin before God. | d. Rich people hardly enter heaven. | e. Christians should seek mediocrity, neither rich nor poor. | e. Christians should seek mediocrity, neither rich nor poor. | (5) Because I want status, prestige, and power | (6) Because I want to be saved | (7) Because I want to be religious | (8) Because I want my husband/wife/children/parents to turn out right | (9) Because I was brought up in church, and it's my custom/habit | The Right Reasons for Coming to Church | (1) Because it is an evidence of true salvation. | (2) God commands me to go to church, and it should be my custom. | (3) It was the example left to us by the NT church and first century Christians. | (4) Church provides me with the opportunity to identify with Christ as my Savior. | (5) Church provides me with an opportunity to serve God by serving my brothers in Christ. | (6) Church provides me with the context to benefit from spiritually gifted ministers. | (7) Church provides me with the avenue to properly worship God. | (8) To comply with other commandments in my Christian life, I must do so in the context of church. | (9) Church facilitates the growth of my faith, the holiness of my life, and the purity of my doctrine.
Read the article: Getting People to faithfully integrate (There are several related studies in pdf downloads on this page).