SOLA SCRIPTURA: SCRIPTURE ALONE.

SOLA SCRIPTURA: SCRIPTURE ALONE.  
We reaffirm the inerrant scripture to be the sole source of written divine revelation, which alone can bind the
conscience.
The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian
behaviour must be measured.

The Erosion of Authority

Scripture alone is the inerrant rule of the church’s life, but the evangelical church today has separated Scripture from its
authoritative function. In practice, the church is guided, far too often, by the culture. Therapeutic technique, marketing
strategies, and the beat of the entertainment world often have far more to say about what the church wants,
how it functions and what it offers, than does the Word of God. Pastors have neglected their rightful oversight of
worship, including the doctrinal content of the music.
As biblical authority has been abandoned in practice, as its truths have faded from Christian consciousness, and as its doctrines have lost their saliency, the church has been increasingly emptied of its integrity, moral authority and direction.

Rather than adapting Christian faith to satisfy the felt needs of consumers, we must proclaim the law as the only measure of true righteousness and the gospel as the only announcement of saving truth. Biblical truth is indispensable to the church’s understanding, nurture and discipline.

Scripture must take us beyond our perceived needs to our real needs and liberate us from seeing ourselves through the
seductive images, clichés, promises and priorities of mass culture. It is only in the light of God’s truth that we understand
ourselves aright and see God’s provision for our need. The Bible, therefore, must be taught and preached in the church.
Sermons must be expositions of the Bible and its teachings, not expressions of the preacher’s opinions or the ideas of the age.
We must settle for nothing less than what God has given.

The work of the Holy Spirit in personal experience cannot be disengaged from Scripture. The Spirit does not speak in ways that are independent of Scripture. Apart from Scripture we would never have known of God’s grace in Christ.
The Biblical Word, rather than spiritual experience, is the test of truth.

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