While most Christians will agree the Bible is true, fewer and fewer are allowing that belief to direct how they live, think, and behave. In today’s episode, Dale Partridge and Matt Jacobson answer difficult questions and confront common arguments about the Bible’s authority in the lives of Christians.
I believe we can all agree that every search must begin with a map—a charted course or a direction at the very least. The search for “biblical” church, of course, must then start with… the Bible. However, herein lies the question we must each confront: Do we view the Bible as a guide or a map? Is the biblical instruction for how God’s people should gather mere suggestion or doctrine? Are the Holy Scriptures a partially inspired work or the inerrant Word of God?
Ultimately, we must recognize that if we, as humans, can simply explain away difficult or inconvenient Scripture, then who is really sitting on the throne of written morality, God or us?
Powerful Quotes From This Episode
- You can’t know the Bible by simply allowing somebody else telling you what’s in it.
- The Bible is the record of God’s Word to mankind.
- There’s always a good reason to not read your Bible
- The only reason pastors can offer incorrect teaching is because their congregations don’t know what correct teaching is.
- We need to subordinate how we feel about a certain scripture to the clear teaching of what the scripture actually said.
- Jesus took the Scriptures to be historical fact.
- Are you willing to believe in Jesus but not in Jesus’s position on Scripture
- “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” – Mark Twain
Scriptures Mentioned in This Episode
- Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “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.”
- John 17:21 “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
- 2 Peter 1:21 “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God[a] spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
- Hebrews 6:18 “that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.”
- Matthew 5:18 “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
- John 10:34-36 “Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’? If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?”
- John 16:12-14 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”
Was this episode helpful to you? Do you believe the Bible is without error and authoritative in how Christians should live? I would love to hear your thoughts on the comments below.
Listen to the previous episode here.