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The Dangers of Demoting Scripture

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | Comments (3)

How dangerous would it be to leave the spiritual operations of Christ’s church to the opinions, feelings, and personal preferences of its leaders? Can you imagine the uncertainty and instability of not having an ultimate standard of authority on all matters of faith and practice?

Yet that is precisely what we see in every fellowship that demotes the Bible from its rightful place of authority. It’s easy to spot the anarchy that follows the outright rejection of God’s Word. But reducing Scripture’s authority to merely one voice among many creates a hollow, deceptive veneer of biblical fidelity.

In the following video, John MacArthur explains the centrality of Scripture in all facets of Christian life. He also discusses the propensity of the charismatic movement to elevate personal experience at the expense of biblical truth.

The Strange Fire conference is going to bring a necessary, biblical critique to bear on the charismatic movement and the resultant fallout of doctrinal chaos and confusion. For more information on Strange Fire, please visit the conference website.

GTY Staff


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#1  Posted by Sunny Shell  |  Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Oh, this is a much needed message we all need to hear. Not only in regards to the charismatic movement, but even within the typical "evangelical" church where feelings, emotions and experience trump God's word and sound doctrine.

Too often I hear women saying, "Well, I know that's what the Bible says in that passage, but I don't believe that's what God is trying to say, because God is love and He wouldn't say anything that would make me feel bad."

I wish I was able to come to this conference.

Thank you Pastor MacArthur and the GTY team. I really appreciate all you do for our Lord.

God bless you,


#4  Posted by Gary Lee Fennimore  |  Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Thank you Sunny for pointing out that the scriptures are paramount in all Churches. The sufficiency of the scriptures is doubted no differently today than it was when Eve & Adam doubted and ignored, though deceived, the very Words of GOD. The HOLY SPIRIT, GOD's trinitarian associate, did not spend thousands of years and countless human subjects to convey to us meaningless words that we must reinterpret or subject them to our feelings or some contemplative exercise to get the "real meaning." GOD's words are simple. They must be the simplest so that an adult, a child and mentally incapacitated people could understand them. The problem is that we think we are smarter than GOD, that was Eve's problem when she was deceived, and we are no different even with all of the so-called advancements in modern times. What an infinite shame on all humans! Thanks be to CHRIST in GOD that has overcome our spiritual incapacitation.

#5  Posted by Nettie Banman  |  Monday, May 20, 2013 at 8:32 AM