- Life in the red letters? Or in all of them... (Christianity Today)
John Frame adds another angle in No Scripture, no Christ - John Frame:
"Lordship and Saviorhood, without authoritative Scripture, are meaningless expressions... the authority of Scripture is so important... we cannot say we love Christ while disowning the Bible. And that is why, when we present the gospel, we must present it as a word of authority and sure promise—a word which demands precedence over all other words, a word which will not be judged by the criteria of modern philosophy and science, but which demands the authority to judge all the thoughts of men."Why must we pit Jesus against scripture when we cannot have one without the other. It's the same thing Rob Bell does in Velvet Elvis (which I will finish reviewing one day...) where he pits Jesus against doctrine. This requires some reflection and the rest of Frame's paper is worth reading. See also: For the Bible tells me so by David Gibson. The implications of thinking this way for apologetics and discipleship are vast, when we see the proximity between Christ and the Scriptures. It's all Jesus speaking and we'll never truly believe in him without all scripture, nor will we ever believe in scripture without belief in Jesus. Utterly circular but without that we end up with logic or evidence or something else as our authority instead of Jesus.
I'm challenged that I need to consider myself under God's words rather than over them. And the more exposed I am to the word in my job the more accountable to God I am. I remember being struck by a pastor who preached to a lot of Bible college students and professors who was asked if he was intimidated by the congregation. He said that it was a help to him to know they they knew their stuff - it helped him to know that he was unlikely to lead them astray. Likewise the more I hear the more accountable to God I am. Responsible for putting the word into practice. Dan Phillips is in great form on this...
- The responsibility index rises. No Simon Cowell's in the congregation, the more we hear the more accountable we are to God. (Dan Phillips)