August 31, 2014

Authority Of Scripture – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

More and more, today, we hear ridicule for “Bible Thumpers,” those “nuts” who insist on determining proper conduct and worship by Scripture only. Their attitude is unloving and not “Christ-like.”

We are sometimes told this outmoded attitude originated with Thomas and Alexander Campbell, who were “legalistic cranks,” who came up with the idea to “speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent” in the early 1800s.

Those who study their Bibles know this attitude is exactly what God’s Word requires.

When God gave the Old Law by Moses, He said…“You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2) And He said “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.” (Deuteronomy 12:32)

When God gave the New Law by Christ , He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18)

Then Paul commanded, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Colossians 3:17)

John added, “Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God:…” (II John 9)

Or, as the same verse is expressed in the New Living Testament,

“For if you wander beyond the teaching of Christ, you will not have fellowship with God.”

John concluded the last chapter of the last book inspired by the Holy Spirit by saying, “…If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. And if anyone removes any of the words of this prophetic book, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)

It should be obvious that a determination to, “speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent” is a scriptural attitude. It is a requirement of God, not man. I am confident that it was the attitude of the early faithful Christians. While secular history does not establish truth, the following quotes from early church leaders (Ante-Nicene Fathers) do confirm that such attitudes are not recent inventions.

“There will be no light punishment upon him who either adds or subtracts anything from the Scripture.” Irenaeus (c. 180, E/W), 1.559

“Those who are ready to toil in the most excellent pursuits will not desist from the search after truth until they get the demonstration from the Scriptures themselves.” Clement of Alexandria (c.195, E), 2.550.

“Now, what is there in our Scriptures that is contrary to us? What of our own have we introduced? Is there anything that we need to take away again, or else add to it, or alter it—in order to restore to its natural soundness anything that is contrary to it and contained in the Scriptures? What we are ourselves, that also is what the Scriptures are, and have been from the beginning.” Tertullian (c.197, W), 2.261

“If it is nowhere written, then let him fear the woe that comes on all who add to or take away anything” [from the written Word]. Tertullian (c.200, W), 3.490

“It will be your duty, however, to present your proofs out of the Scriptures, as plainly as we do.” Tertullian (c. 213, W), 3.605

“Brethren, there is one God, the knowledge of whom we gain from the Holy Scriptures and from no other source…” Hippolytus (c.205, W), 5.227

“I do not want to appear to build my assertions on the basis of inference alone, particularly concerning subjects of such importance and difficulty. Nor do I wish for my listeners to agree to what is only conjectural. So let us see if we can obtain any declarations from the Holy Scripture…” Origen (c.225, E), 4.258 p.601

“I will, as is needed collect into one collection whatever passages of the Holy Scriptures are pertinent to this subject. And I will manifestly harmonize…those which seem to be differing or of various meanings.” Treatise on Re-Baptism, Anonymous, (c.257, W), 5.668

“In all sincerity and with open hearts before God, we accepted all that could be established by the demonstrations and teachings of the Holy Scriptures.” Dionysis of Alexandria (c.262, E), 6.82




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