To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Attitude to Scripture.

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.

Comments on: "Attitude to Scripture." (2)

  1. Though in our rush to apply, we can forget that scripture is to meditated upon, assimilated, or as Cranmer had it we are to “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” it.

    Perhaps some are cautious about application because they’ve never grown up, having been blown around by every wind of doctrine, having not been taught the truth in love.

    Sound exposition with correct exegesis and reliable hermeneutics are so important, but so also is the heart of the preacher.

    “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”

  2. Interestingly, i read the following this afternoon from pp16-17 of “A Sad Departure” by David J Randall: It simply will not do to acknowledge Scripture’s authority at points where its teaching matches what, on other grounds, we want to maintain and at the same time ignore, suppress or contradict it where it clashes with our own desires . To go down that road is to believe not in the Bible but ourselves.

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