April 14, 2009

Sufficiency of Scripture

From the 1647 Westminster Confession of Faith, 1.6:
The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.
Does this accord with your view of the usefulness and relevance of the Bible in regards to daily life? When you need advice on various subjects, such as parenting, marriage, success, self-esteem, relationships, church growth, philosophy, etc., does the Bible come to mind as the primary source of instruction and guidance in these matters?

The law of the LORD is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
   making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
   enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean,
   enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true,
   and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
   even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
   and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
   in keeping them there is great reward.
Psalm 19:7-10

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