Question: "What is the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture? What does it mean that the Bible is sufficient?"
Answer: The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture is a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith. To say the Scriptures are sufficient means that the Bible is all we need to equip us for a life of faith and service. It provides a clear demonstration of God’s intention to restore the broken relationship between Himself and humanity through His Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior through the gift of faith. No other writings are necessary for this good news to be understood, nor are any other writings required to equip us for a life of faith.
We have no right to water-down the Gospel’s offense or civilize its radical demands in order to make it more appealing to a fallen world or carnal church members. Our churches are filled with strategies to make them more seeker-friendly, by repackaging the Gospel, removing the stumbling block and taking the edge off the blade so it might be more acceptable to carnal men. We ought to be seeker-friendly but we ought to realize that there is only one seeker and He is God. If we are striving to make our church and our message accommodation, let us make them accommodating to Him. If we are striving to build a church or ministry, let us build it on a passion to glorify God and a desire not to offend His Majesty. To the wind with what the world thinks about us. We are not to seek the honors of earth, but the honors of heaven.
We live in uncertain times, a new rise of public display of racism, violence, political turmoil, displaced people and hatred for them, turning away from God, poverty, slavery, hatred, watered down doctrine in our churches leading millions further from Biblical truths. Millions inside and outside of the church walls who if Jesus returned today would hear the dreaded words “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
We must begin to change the way we view our faith in Jesus and how we view others. We must decide if we are going to practice what we preach and seek holiness and answer the call. We must see others as eternal souls and become passionate about Preaching the Gospel.
Sociology says tribal mentality causes divide. Theology says it is our sin, because we don’t see each other as souls. There is an African greeting that as we would say hello, the translation would be I see you.
See the world does not see each other as souls, they are dead to sin. Sadly many professing Christians have been guilty of this as well.
We focus on the momentary problems, situations, worries and delights here on earth. We place so much attention, waste so much time on things of this world that we fail to see the big picture, we are not eternally minded. So I ask, are the things we are living for worth Christ dying for?
Parts of this message has contributions by Pastor Craig Cole, Carlton Hall and BJ Rudge