Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Sufficiency of Scripture
Christians go looking for truth and guidance in all the wrong places. They dig through the garbage cans of psychology, mysticism, spiritual gimmicks, and supernatural quick fixes. “As a result,” pastor and teacher John MacArthur says, “they wallow in a watered-down, pseudo-Christianity that has been drained of its vitality, effectiveness and security” (Our Sufficiency in Christ, back cover). It’s not like “frozen concentrated orange juice - its contents need not be supplemented, augmented to or diluted.
Scripture is clear as to its all sufficiency. Second Timothy 3:16-17 declares, “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Do you hear what the Holy Spirit is saying through Paul? Scripture is sufficient for the man of God to be complete, thoroughly equipped. ...
When one looks beyond the pages of Scripture, they open themselves to confusion, chaos, subjectivism, mysticism, deception, and even demons. Today, the Church is bombarded with a fraternity of self-proclaimed prophets and self-anointed apostles. These “ascended masters” foist, in numerous ways and expressions, that Scripture is outdated and no longer applies. ...
It can be said, without doubt that which the Apostle Paul feared, that which moved him to tears, that which he admonished the church at Ephesus for a period of three years, is again confronting the Church (Acts 20:28-31). It is a problem which the Church continues to face.
Kurt Goedelman, For Life, For Goodness, Scripture is Sufficient, SBABC newsletter, October-December 2001.