"So to Calvin; every word enshrined in the books of Esther, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, and James are as sacred and certain as the person and work of Jesus Christ himself."
(Robert Higby - 27th December 2005 - Calvin's 66 book canon)
"The present writer does not believe the Christocentric hermeneutic supports Ecclesiastes or the Song of Songs as having canonical authority."
(quote taken from - The Biblical Canon Study #3: Identifying the Old Testament Canon (study #2) - October 2005)
Here is what Higby says about "Song of Songs" in the same study.
"The Song of Songs is merely a discourse of human love and romance...It is simply the poetic view of two individuals on what constitutes great romance and sex; nothing more. It is not even a standard as to how all must view what constitutes great romance and sex."
Now Higby moves on to attack Esther.
"The doctrine of revenge present in Esther is against the whole of Old Testament revelation, let alone New Testament revelation. Therefore, Esther is to be rejected as canonical."
(Robert Higby - October 8th 2005 - From the thread titled: The multi level canon)
"Esther 9 adds to the law, it is as simple as that. The Law of Moses, according to Christ himself, is not to be added to. Also, the feasts of Lev. 23 are the complete and inspired prophetic picture of Christ's Messianic work. To institute new feasts AS JEWISH LAW, especially ones based on questionable historical acts, this is forbidden."
(Robert Higby - October 19th 2005 - the Multi level canon.)
Robert Higby wrote:
"The main theological problems with Mark 16:9ff are two, as I see it:
1. The ’signs’ that are predicted to follow those that believe have not really been manifested as such, at least to some degree (the drinking of poison and avoiding death, etc.) and
2. Mark 16:16 teaches that ’he that believeth AND is baptized shall be saved,’ whereas Paul and John clearly teach that genuine belief with an AMEN (faith alone) evidences salvation. The water may be a testimony to the gospel but the lack of it does not negate eternal life! "
For a biblically accurate teaching of Baptism in Mark 16:16 please read the following article.
Robert Higby even has some issues he'd like to deal with regarding 2 Peter, 3 John and Jude.
Robert Higby wrote:
"There are some very minor issues with 2 Peter, 3 John, Jude, etc. but they are not worth a major argument and I would prefer to deal with the largest issue first."
This third quote is further proof that he rejects Esther, Ecclesiastes and James and his reason why.
"My personal rejection of Esther, Ecclesiastes, and James is the false doctrine that they contain; the same reasons for rejecting other apocryphal works."
(Robert Higby - January 4th 2006 - 'Calvin's 66 book Canon')
And finally we finish with Higby's "trouble" accepting 3 John as scripture along with 2 Peter and James.
"For me, the remaining 4 NT books that were originally antilegomena remain an open issue for study. I have the most trouble with 3 John, as it has no attestation of existence until the 3rd century (like James and 2 Peter) and gives no definite gospel testimony. Plus we do not know anything about who the characters mentioned in that book actually were historically."
(Robert Higby - July 21st 2007 - From the thread 'James Exposed')
Here is what God has to say against such heresy.
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
2 Peter 3:17-18
...Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.