Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Andy Stanley Attacks The Bible
Behind this shift in what authority will be “leveraged” is the historical conviction that “the Christian faith does not exist because of the Bible (any more than you exist because of your birth certificate).” Rather, the Bible exists because of the Christian faith. . . . Before the Old and New Testaments were combined and titled “The Bible,” Christianity had already replaced the pantheon of Roman, barbarian, and most Egyptian gods and was the state religion of the Roman Empire.
The reason for this, he says, is that “for the first 300 years the debate centered on an event, not a book.” Holding to our faith in the risen Christ, we should not believe, “Everything rises and falls on whether . . . all the Bible is true.” Thinking that way is “unfortunate and . . . absolutely unnecessary.” If we stake our faith on the whole Bible being true, then “Christianity becomes a fragile house-of-cards religion, when we hear that perhaps the walls of Jericho didn’t come tumbling down.”
~John Piper on Andy Stanley
Here's the thing: GOD holds His Word above all things and it is on His WORD that His name and nature rest. It is because of His Word, which is faithful and true and reveals to us Truth, that we can then know God and praise Him and His name for that very faithfulness. We can't know God's faithfulness apart from Scripture. We can't even know His name apart from Scripture. And we certainly can't know the Gospel apart from Scripture.
Ps. 138:2… You have exalted above all things Your name and Your word.
Pro 30:5 Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
Psa 119:42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in Your word. 43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in Your rules.
Mat 5:18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Psa 119:89 Forever, O LORD, Your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Mat 4:4 But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Luk 24:44 Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,