This past winter, John and I listened online to Pyromaniac’s Sufficient Fire Conference, followed by The Shepherds Conference 2015 Inerrancy Summit a few weeks later. I came away from those two events with a sense of awe that God has given us His very words (2 Timothy 3:16)! Developing a greater understanding that the words of Scripture are His own breath has revolutionized my approach to my daily Bible reading by filling me with greater anticipation of hearing from Him.
Few people in evangelical circles admit to questioning the Bible’s inerrancy, although some go to enormous lengths to explain away certain teachings like gender roles and the sinful nature of homosexuality. Therefore, unless I address either of those hot-button topics (which I intend to do frequently), I can be reasonably confident that my evangelical readers affirm that Scripture contains no mistakes.
Sadly, however, evangelicals show less assurance in Scripture’s sufficiency, as evidenced by their fascination with various extra-biblical trends. This blog will challenge such matters as Charismatic teaching, psychology, pragmatism and other evangelical fads that subtly undermine Scripture’s sufficient nature. Why? Because God’s Word needs no augmentation.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, ~~2 Peter 1:3 (ESV)
Where does the knowledge of God come from, if not from the Bible? Any other source lacks authority. Consequently, the Bible that gives us knowledge of His nature, His priorities, His perspectives and His dealings with men, gives us everything necessary to live in ways that honor Him. He doesn’t need supplementation from our puny human devises, nor do we need Him to “speak” to us apart from His Word.
The conferences John and I listened to during the winter helped me to cherish God’s Word. In it, I find the inexhaustible treasure of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ, and how He calls me to reflect Him to a lost world. The psalmist said it best:
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward. ~~Psalm 19:7-11 (ESV)
I desire the reward of keeping these precious words that proceed from God’s own breath, and I don’t want the so-called wisdom of men to tarnish them. If “the law of the Lord is perfect” (Psalm 19:7), I want to resist anything that might compromise it. By God’s grace, I hope to inspire others to join me in resting in its perfect sufficiency.