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What Does Scripture Say?

Do you get frustrated with those who respond with their feelings or their experience or their thoughts on the subject rather than what the Bible says?  I do.  I believe that our desire should be to be as biblical as possible.  There is a place for stating our experiences or expressing our thoughts on a subject but the ultimate guide to truth is the inerrant and infallible Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  When Jesus was tempted by Satan in Matthew 4:1-11, He responded to Satan with the Scriptures (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10).  How much more should we?

When it comes to debates or questions, we disciples of Jesus should seek to know what the Scriptures say about the issue.  I have had people disagree with me over issues and when I respond with Scripture, they either ignore what I say or they leave until they can find someone else they agree with.  I remember years ago, a woman approached me about not having altar calls at our church.  I responded by pointing her to the Bible and asked her where Jesus or the Apostles ever gave an altar call?  I pointed out that salvation is the work of the Spirit (John 1:12-13) and not the flesh.  To simply have someone pray “the sinner’s prayer” is not biblical conversion.  Having people walk an isle does not prove salvation.  Salvation is the work of God and comes with the fruit of repentance (Matthew 3:8).  Her response?  She left the church and told me that she was going to go find a preacher who agreed with her and then she would send him back to me to correct me.  I said that I welcomed such a man as I would ask him to show me altar calls and the sinner’s prayer in the Bible as well.

We can get caught up in responding to people with our emotions or experience.  We must not.  We must look to Scripture alone.  Scripture is the final and infallible authority.  Scripture speaks for God.  Not councils.  Not doctrinal statements.  Not catechisms.  Not modern prophets and apostles.  Scripture is where we should cling and hold fast to. Abide in the teachings of Christ (John 8:31-32) and you’ll not fear (Romans 8:31-39).  The Bible is the sure foundation for us (2 Peter 1:16-21).  The Bible is the truth of God (John 17:17).  The Bible produces salvation and equips us (2 Timothy 3:15-17).  We should seek to allow the Bible to speak for us when it comes to theological issues or cultural debates.  Don’t get caught up with arguing with a person without operating from the foundation of the Word of God.  God is the ultimate authority for all things and we must hear Him for the truth.  Not the world or the false philosophies of this world.  The Bible speaks for God (Hebrews 1:1-2).

How well do you know your Bible?  How often do you open the pages of God’s Word and allow Him to speak to you (John 8:47)?  Are you able to use your sword to not just defend your faith but to also test those who perhaps preach, teach, or approach you (Ephesians 6:17; 1 Peter 3:15-16; 1 John 4:1-2)?  The Bereans were called “more noble” by Dr. Luke in Acts 17:11 because they searched the Scriptures to test Paul the Apostle.  I pray that I could be called “more noble” because I am not willing to just hear a speaker but I long to test all things by the Word of God.

Let us hold fast to the Word of God and not allow our thoughts or experience become the test of truth.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/06/2013 at 10:30 AM

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