Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
BIBLE - The Supreme and Final Authority

BIBLE - The Supreme and Final Authority

Ratings: (0)|Views: 37 |Likes:
Published by aurelomnou2812

More info:

Categories:Types, Brochures
Published by: aurelomnou2812 on Apr 24, 2010
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOC, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





The Supreme and Final Authorityof The Scriptures
byWilliam L. Brown, Pastor - Carmichael Baptist Church
ISA 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word,it is because there is no light in them.2TI 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:The historic position of Baptists, for 2,000 plus years, concerning the Scripturesare abundantly clear to any who will read the Bible, confessions of faith andvarious writings available to us. A historic Baptist recognizes that the Bible promises, and history clearly affirms, that there have been people who maintained New Testament principles from the first century until today. One of thosefundamental principles is the supreme and final authority of the scriptures. Somewill dispute that Scriptural New Testament assemblies have always existed. Theywould agree though that history does testify to the existence of Baptist principles. Iwould simply call to their attention that for principles to exist, they must be held bya people. Convictions cannot exist in a void. While I will refer to the rich andapplicable historical accounts and writings of our Baptist forefathers I will add a paragraph written by J. M. Carroll, the author of the Trail of Blood. "I do notundervalue church history, but far more important to me than fallible humanrecords of passing events is the New Testament forecast of church history. Theformer may err - the latter never." Far more important is the Bibles owndeclaration, above that of historical documents, that it alone is the rule of our faithand practice and the judge of all we do or say.
The Scriptures we read, as our text, affirm this. II Timothy 3:16 asserts that theScriptures are God's Breath and are profitable for the maturing of the man of God.It is the Bible that gives us doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction inrighteousness. I will not be original in this presentation nor will I hope to sharesome original thoughts. I join with Basil Manly in his book the "Bible Doctrine of Inspiration" in his preface that "originality on a subject like this would surely beerror." In the study of the context of II Timothy 3:16 you will discover something.One of the first marks of impending disaster can be seen in a change of view of theauthority of the Word of God (II Tim. 3:12-17). Deterioration of faith and moralcollapse or a defection from the faith is made possible only by an abandonment of our supreme and final authority. The attack against God's Word today is not to burn it, its translators, or preachers as was once done but in the last 200 years theeffort has been in undermining it's position as our supreme and final authority.
That fact is that a major distinctive of historic Baptists has been that the Bible isthe only rule of faith and practice. Let me carefully add this. It is a naïve listener that, presupposing the Bible's inspiration and infallibility, right belief about theBible guarantees right belief. This is a common dogma presented by those whowish to pass off their heresy as valid on the grounds of "sola scriptura." Scripturealone was the clarion call of the reformers. I do not believe it was solely becausethey desired the recovery of the historic faith, but because they desired to throw off the Roman yoke which subordinated the Scriptures to the church of Rome andthereby subordinated them to Rome and its hierarchy. While Protestantism today,along with many so-called Baptists, will join the call of "Scripture alone" they areguilty of preaching the traditions of men. Many declare the Bible alone and yetstand against the Bible as the final and supreme rule of truth by placing themselvesas judges and juries of which Bible, what passages, and what doctrines are true or relevant for today. Human reasoning of the Bible is not the final authority of theBible. God's sure and forever settled Word is the supreme and final authority of allhuman reasoning. What some mean when they say "the Bible alone" can berestated that they believe the Bible alone but only as it is interpreted according tomy autonomous and rebellious presuppositions. May we never be guilty of suchabsurdity?
An important distinction needs to be made between Baptists and Protestantsabout this doctrine of the supreme and final authority of the scriptures. We partways with the Protestants both theoretically and practically on this issue. Thehistoric Baptist looks to the New Covenant or New Testament as our law. B.H.Carroll wrote: "The New Testament will always be all the Law of Christianity.This does not deny inspiration or profit of the Old Testament« It affirms however that the Old Testament, as a typical, education, and transitory system, was fulfilled by Christ, and as a standard of law and way of life was nailed to the cross of Christ." Further Protestants need to learn that Scripture alone does not qualify oneto administer baptism apart from the assembly Christ Himself began, set in order,and commissioned. The official sanction or commission to preach, baptize andteach disciples is found in the person of Christ and the due orders we call the Bible.
While Baptists through the ages have drawn up confessions, most of themdeclare with consistency an agreement with the New Hampshire Confession. Itends the first article with these words: that the bible "therefore is, «the supremestandard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried." HistoricBaptists have never considered confessions as binding upon the conscience of another. The Bible is and forever will be binding. Wayland in writing about creedsor confessions and the unity churches find in them said: "It expresses their belief, because all of them, from the study of the Scriptures, understand them in the samemanner, and not because any tribunal has imposed such interpretations uponthem« We have no right to delegate such authority to any man, or to any body of men. It is our essential belief that the Scriptures are a revelation from God, givennot to a Pope, or congregation of Cardinals, or any Archbishop or bench of Bishops, or General Assembly, or a Synod, but to every individual man."
Clearly presented from the 1689 London Confession is this. "The Holy Scriptureis the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, andobedience." It further states that God's will for His church is declared in theScriptures and that they are "most necessary" for the "better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of thechurch against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan, and of theworld."
The Basis Of This Doctrine:(the underlying principle)
(Inspiration, infallibility, and preservation as essential and tied together.)
Is The inspiration of the Scriptures: (II Timothy 3:16)
If the Scriptures were and are inspired, verbally inspired, literally breathed of God it would seem unnecessary to raise the question of their authority. If theScriptures were and are inspired then they must be absolutely authoritative in allmatters of faith and practice. They are, as one writer penned; "clothed with God'sauthority." This is the exclusive domain of the Word of God. No other source of divine revelation is to be accepted and certainly not tolerated by any sound preacher or church. I wonder how many know that one of the men involved in therevised translation of the Bible wrote an article against the inspiration of theScriptures? (G. Vance Smith 1871) By what right did they remove inspired words?
Is The infallibility of the Scriptures: (Luke 24:25-27)
Every Word of God challenges our attention. This book does not contain theWord of God but is the Word of God - every Word is God breathed. Nothing is to be added and nothing is to be taken away. It cannot be made void (
the scripturecannot be broken
; John 10:35), to reject any portion of Scripture is to rejectChrist's word. He used it authoritatively. Its authority cannot be withstood or denied. There is only one name given under heaven whereby we must be saved andthat name reigns and rings throughout the pages of this heavenly book. No rival isnow or ever has been recognized as a revelation of God's will to man by any true New Testament church.
John 5:39 ("
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me
.") is not a condemnation of loving and reading theword but that the Jews read the scriptures with a veil over their hearts and couldnot see the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. In the older writings and confessions of faith it is noted that "our full persuasion and assurance of infallible truth, anddivine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit." (I Cor. 2:13;Mark 12:24) A constant acknowledgment of the inward illumination of the Spiritof God as necessary accompanies most historical literature about the Scriptures.

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->