I read a lot of authors, but I take every single one with a grain of salt because they are written by men & women and men & women are reliably unreliable. My sole (and soul) authority is God’s Word. The Bible is reliably infallible, completely inerrant, and inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. It is literally God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16).
EVERYTHING ELSE MUST BEND & ADHERE TO IT, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!
Those who try to redefine what is clearly defined in the Bible, traffic in folly.
Everything else is measured by it (that’s where we get the word canon = a reed that was used to measure). In other words, Scripture is the authoritative rule of faith & practice. It is the standard.
This is the difference between Biblical source and extrabiblical source.
The Bereans were commended because they would not implicitly believe even the Apostle Paul. Instead, they examined the Scriptures every day to see if what he said was true (Acts 17:11).
May the Lord give us a similar spirit of discernment and humility in all things.
“When we eat an apple–we first cut out the blemishes, then eat what is good, and lastly throw the core away. Such a rule I would observe in reading human authors–the best may be defective, and the wisest may be mistaken.” – John Newton
I think its crazy not to study the wealth of resources available of scholars far more intelligent than we and see what they dug up.
Sometimes I am in the mood for a sour Granny Smith apple (Charles Spurgeon). Sometimes I want a sweet Golden Delicious (D.L. Moody). There are vitamins and nutrients in both! However, I am always on the look out for worms! I am constantly making sure the author is rightly dividing God’s truth! (2 Tim. 2:15)
“Test all things; hold fast what is good.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:21
Without a doubt, the Bible is the primary source. Everything else is second. If you step outside of the Bible, be like the Bereans and discern if that reading aligns or diverges from Scripture. If there is any disagreement, the Bible always takes precedence.
And be on the look out for worms!
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