Sunday, April 1, 2007

Ordination #2, Art. 1d: "Authority"

This one concludes the first Article in the Evangelical Free Doctrinal Statement, which focuses on Scripture...

The Bible is also God’s final authority for Christian faith and life. If we believe Scripture is God’s Word, it follows that it carries the authority of God for our lives (2 Tim. 3.16). Reason, tradition, and experiences are all significant elements of human existence, but they are all subject to the authority of God’s Word. This is not to say Scripture is anti-reason, anti-tradition, or anti-experience. In fact, they are inescapable influences in how we read and interpret Scripture and can work together. As we engage Scripture, our human reason, God’s objective Word, and the inner testimony of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 14.26; 16.8, 13, 14) are working together to ensure that hear God’s authoritative message.

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