As I stated in a previous blog, I am reading Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics every Christian Should know by Wayne and Elliot Grudem. Here of are some of main points of Chapter 1 titled “What is the Bible.” In reading this chapter I came across some Scripture references we may all be familiar with, but gained some good insight still. The Bible can be broken down into 4 categories: authority, clarity, necessity, and sufficiency.
The Sufficiency of Scripture
- All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness ; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
This explains that Scripture is sufficient, God gives us everything in the Bible we need to equip us adequately for every good work. The Bible does not answer every question we may have, but it provides the guidance we need. Since Scripture is sufficient we are not add to the Bible any modern revelations, leadings or guidance we believe are from God.
Over the years Christians, and churches are guilty of adding rules & regulations to the Christian life. Because Scripture is sufficient we are not allowed to say that something is sinful unless it is specifically & explicitly stated as sin in Scripture. We don’t have the right to add to it’s commands or teachings.
The are somethings that Scripture may not address or provide precise direction or rules about, such as, what time to hold church service, the proper form of church government, attending a movie theater, or drinking caffeine. These areas should be treated with less emphasis, and should focus on doctrinal, ethical, and moral teachings & beliefs. We should be content with what God has chosen to reveal to us in Scripture.