Does Greek matter anymore for the Christian leader? Since we have so many translations, what’s the big deal? Here’s an article from Bill Mounce that illustrates the critical value of theological specificity which arises out of attentiveness to the languages. For example, conjunctions, especially, are easily dropped or overlooked in some translations. But they are incredibly important because they establish arguments of eternal significance. So many pastors around the world have no resources or access to the biblical languages. Think of the Reformation-like fires that could sweep through the nations of the global south scourged by the infamous prosperity gospel if the pastors were trained in biblical hermeneutics. Imagine if the pastors of those nations were more passionate about mining the text for all its treasures than for gaining worldly prosperity.
The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. (Ps 12:6)