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The Authority of the Bible

Of most importance to a Christian is comprehending the authority of the Bible - that is, the Canon - from which we understand the truth of salvation. Doubt in the authoriity of the Bible can lead to doubts in your salvation and in some cases total shipwrecking of your faith. Those that dispise the authority are instruments of Satan who set out to destroy people. Jonathan Sarfat writes:

"Scripture had supreme authority for the Old Testament saints, Christ and His apostles in all matters it touched upon. In particular, for Christ, what Scripture said, God said. Christ also directly affirmed many of the passages attacked by liberals. Objections to the inerrancy and suffiency of Scripture are refuted. The charge that Christ was mistaken or merely accommodating to His hearers is impossible for a consistent Christian to hold..."

Jonathan Sarfati , CMI–Australia, Apologia 3 (2):12–16, 1994, but can be found on Creation Science web.

FF Bruce, whose books on the authority of the Bible need to be read by all who are saved by Christ, wrote:

"The NT books did not become authoritative for the Church because they were formally included in a canonical list; on the contrary, the Church included them in her canon because she already regarded them as divinely inspired, recognising their innate worth and generally apostolic authority, direct or indirect…"

David L Simon
Posted: 26 Jun 2010