It’s been said that Christianity can be summed up in one anagram.
B – Bibllical Authority only
A- autonomy of the local church. There is no denomination who can seize control of a local church or “excommunicate” someone if they run afoul of God’s word. Only the Local church has that authority, to dismiss the pastor. There is no authority that can order the local congregation, except Jesus Christ. The pastor is only the steward of that church for the Lord. Denominationalism is unBiblical.
P – Priesthood of the believer
T – Two ordinances only, Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
I – Individual Soul Liberty. You have the right to be 100% wrong, and nobody, NOBODY has the right to force you to be right. We seek to persuade men, not coerce men (2 Cor. 5:11)
S – Saved membership of the local church.
T – Three offices Evangelist (church planter), Deacon, Pastor
S – Separation of church and State. The state cannot command the local church, and we recognize it is God who rules.
I bring this up so we can see our course of study for a week or so. Today we talk about the Bible. I have written MANY articles on the Bible, how to study it, and we even took 50 days to go through Hebrews (spread out over about three months). We’ll do that again this year, since there were no negative comments about it, except from one commenter whose only comment was “Christian holidays are racist.”
I don’t think they were commenting on my articles at all, but looking to grind an axe.
The Bible. It’s been said that there’s no one verse that says that the Bible is all you need. Hm.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: And in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7–11, KJV)
“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48, KJV)
“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:11, KJV)
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15, KJV)
“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2, KJV)
“What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” (Deuteronomy 12:32, KJV)
“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:” (Revelation 22:18, KJV)
“In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” (Romans 2:16, KJV)
“LAMED. For ever, O LORD, Thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: For all are thy servants. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts: For with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me; For I have sought thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: But I will consider thy testimonies. I have seen an end of all perfection: But thy commandment is exceeding broad.” (Psalm 119:89–96, KJV)
Smoking gun verse…
“MEM. O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: For they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: For thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, Because I keep thy precepts.” (Psalm 119:97–100, KJV)
Because of this, Baptists have used this catchphrase to explain our relationship to the Bible:
“The Bible is the sole rule for faith and practice.”
What that means is this… the Bible is all you need to instruct you in matters of religion/faith, and is all you need to teach you how you should live.
Some atheists tried using a logcal conundrum to trip up Christians, by insisting, “no text can be used in support of itself.” The Bible does, but the Bible also has the support of history, archaeology. THe Jews exist, so we know there is a Bible. It’s like I explain to people, “The people you read about in the Bible are my relatives.”
There’s people groups that existed that “Rational” scientists said never existed – yetb archaeology suddenly found those people groups. Hittites, anyone?
Rational historians said KIng David never existed – yet archaeology has found references to “The House of David”. Hm!
And… let’s not forget an empty tomb. Kind of hard to ignore that one.
The Bible is all you need. Tradition is to be thrown away. The “Magisterium” of Roman Catholic church “Doctors” is to be dismissed out of hand. The teachings of the WAtchtower Society thrown out with yesterday’s coffee grounds and used cat litter.
All you need is the Bible.