The Lord says it, therefore I believe it and so I do it. That, I suggest, should be the attitude of the true believer to Scripture. Alas for many believers the attitude seems to be the Lord says it, I will consider whether it is convenient for me and then I will decide whether to act upon it.
I am musing upon this theme in the light of the alarming observation that many who claim to be evangelical seem to have an equivocal attitude to Scripture. Their reasoning seems to be along the following lines. If the Scripture fits in with their conclusions then all well and good. If Scripture does not fit in with what they want then it is most unlikely that God speaking through His Word will “win the day”.
Such people may profess to be evangelical in that they believe that the Scriptures are the inspired oracles of God. But by their response and action they deny this.
What is going on here? Many I think are unwittingly saying that they know better than God. Here is how it goes. As an evangelical they have to accept the authority of Scripture. However, by their refusal to bow to Scripture and rather choose what they implicitly believe to be a better way they are saying that they know better than the Lord.
To which the challenge comes to me: am I consistent in my evangelical profession. Am I “The Lord says it, therefore I believe it and so I do it” person? I should be; otherwise i am a hypocrite.