Biblical Authority in Matters of Faith and Practice, Part 2

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Note: Reprinted from Worship in Song by Scott Aniol, published by BMH Books, Winona Lake, Indiana, www.bmhbooks.com. Used by permission.

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Biblical Authority in Matters of Faith and Practice

Critique of the Encyclopedic View of Scripture

Those who promote the encyclopedic view of Scripture in terms of its applicability fail to understand several key princi­ples with regard to Sola Scriptura and the Bible’s own example of moral application.

Sola Scriptura Understood Correctly

First, it is important to recognize that the formulators of the principle of Sola Scriptura never intended it to be applied in the manner of the encyclopedic view. For instance, consider these lines from Article VI of the Westminster Confession of Faith:
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Ecclesiastical Separation

Note: This article is reprinted from The Faith Pulpit (June/August 1987), a publication of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary (Ankeny, IA).
delnay_sep2.gifNearly four centuries ago the Puritan William Perkins drew a useful distinction. He suggested that there is a working difference between error and heresy. He wrote that error of itself is no ground for breaking fellowship, that any doctrinal discrepancy between two Christians means that one or both are in error. The Bible does not on that account command them to separate from each other. Heresy is another matter; heresy is error, but error that strikes at the very roots of the faith, and heresy is always grounds for breaking fellowship.

Scripture bears out this latter observation. Paul in 2 Cor. 6:14 commands us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers, and he follows the command with five unthinkables. John in his second epistle wrote, “For many deceivers are entered into this world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come (or ‘coming’) in the flesh” (2 John 7). Then in verses 10 and 11 he adds,

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
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Refiners' Club Meeting

refinerscolorlogo.JPGSI is hosting its second Refiners’ Club meeting this Thursday. The format will be a private forum discussion beginning Thursday morning and continuing for several days. If you’re a Refiners’ Club member, you’ll be getting details on how to log in for the meeting, etc. via email.  If you’d like to join the Refiners’ Club, you’ll find more information here.

An Apologia for the 24-Hour Day Creation View, Part 1

SpaceBecause the tradition of Christian orthodoxy has a legacy of interpreting Genesis as a historic narrative, the prevailing interpretation of Genesis 1:1-2:3 has been that it is a record of God’s creative activity in six, consecutive, literal days followed by a literal seventh day of rest. Because the focus is on the six days of divine creative activity, this view is often called the “twenty-four-hour view.” With the rise of modern geology and subsequent development of other disciplines, such as astronomy, biology and geophysics, secularists are convinced that the “scientific” evidence, such as radioisotope dating, demands an earth that is 4.5 billions years old and a universe that is 14 billion years old (http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/dalrymple/scientific_age_earth.html). Read more about An Apologia for the 24-Hour Day Creation View, Part 1