One of the principle aspects of the 16th century Protestant Reformation was the repeated emphasis on the sufficiency and authority of Holy Scripture. The Reformers, using Scripture, constantly referred to God's Word as the highest authority in the Christian life and in the Christian church. The Belgic Confession notes this very clearly in Article VII.… Continue reading The Holy Spirit Speaking in Scripture (Shaw)
The Christian faith is not opposed to civil authority. For example, Scripture calls followers of Jesus to respect authority, pray for leaders in positions of authority, and live peaceful lives for the benefit of society. In fact, it is a proper interpretation of the fifth commandment to include obedience to those in authority over us.… Continue reading The Government and the Christian (Luther)
In his 2016 publication Impossible People, Os Guinness shares some very helpful insight on our cultural situation as it relates to the historic Christian faith. This is a very good book; I'm sure I'll mention it here again. Right now I want to note the section where Guinness gives three examples of the damage modernity… Continue reading Choice, Truth, Authority (Guinness)
I appreciate Robert Shaw’s explanation of Westminster Confession of Faith 1.10, which talks about the authority of Scripture and the authority of the church. “’That Supreme Judge, by which all controversies in religion are to be determined, is no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture,’ is asserted in opposition to the Papists,… Continue reading The Authority of the Church: What Kind?
I appreciate how William Perkins (d. 1602) discussed church, Scripture, and authority in his book on preaching, The Art of Prophesying. Here are a few different but related quotes. “The church can bear witness to the canon of Scripture, but it cannot inwardly persuade us of its authority. If that were so the voice of… Continue reading Church Authority Scripture