My Baptist/evangelical brothers and sisters: In order for us to be able to debate one another effectively on Scriptural doctrines, we have to be in agreement in how we interpret Scripture. Can we agree on the following Rules of Scriptural Interpretation? 1. The Bible must be used as its own interpreter, so that passages which are not clear in themselves must be interpreted with the help of other Scriptural passages which speak of the same thing? 2. A basic principle of fair interpretation: if the plain and obvious literal sense makes good sense, seek no other sense. 3. The Bible should be the highest/final authority, source, and norm of our faith and life, not only in principle but also in practice. 4. Human reason and its conclusions should never be placed above the statements of Scripture. If there appears to be a conflict between the Bible and our reason, or the apparent results of human science, psychology, and such, in questions pertaining to the Christian faith, we should follow the Bible, not human reason, psychology or science. 5. Our confession of faith and doctrine must be corrected according to the Word of God… and not the Bible corrected according to the doctrine of our denomination/church. 6. All interpretation of the Bible which is in conflict with the simple rules of grammar and logic must be wrong. How could we ever know what the Scriptural text means if we did not take it in its simple grammatical sense, when that sense makes good sense? 7. We agree that a thing is in harmony with the spirit of God’s Word if it can be logically deduced from its plain statements, although it is not expressly stated. For instance, although women are never mentioned as having participated in the Lord’s Supper, we may deduce it from the fact that it is never forbidden, and that, according to the teachings of the New Testament, there is neither man nor woman, but all are one in Christ. Are we in agreement, brothers and sisters, on how to interpret Scripture?