CHRIST & THE CULTURE, Part 2 (The Authority of God’s Word in a World of Opinion)

Picking up where we left off – what follows are the first 3 reasons why God’s truth trumps all “so-called” truths this world offers.

Reason #1: Scripture is the Sole Authority Because – It Alone Was Written by God

When we come to the Scriptures, we come to a book unlike any other book (ever). The Bible is no normal set of writings—it’s author is no ordinary author.

419x’s the OT states, “Thus says the Lord(cf. Exodus 4:22; Joshua 24:2; 1 Samuel 15:2). And in each case, the writer uses the name “Yahweh,” the very name that sets god apart from all of His creation. The very one who answers to no one. The one who is completely self-sufficient.

Exodus 24:4 – “4 Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord(Exodus 24:4).

Matthew 4:4 – “4 Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

The Scriptures trump every other thought, person, opinion, judicial decision, newspaper column, scientific journal, populist vote, and panel of experts because the Scriptures finds their source in the only uncreated, all-wise, all-knowing, all-supreme, sovereign, transcendent, self-sufficient God of the universe.

2 Timothy 3:16 explains that “16 All Scripture is inspired by God,” referring to the Scriptures being “God-breathed”—something that refers to “all Scripture.”

No Scripture can be dismissed as out-of-date. No Scripture can to be disregarded because it does not conform to our modern, so-called “enlightened” and “progressive” thoughts of the day.

Of course, each Scripture must be understood in its proper context, rightly interpreted, and correctly applied. But no Scripture is irrelevant. Why? Because all Scripture is the product of God’s creative breath. Scripture carries with it the same authority as the Creator Himself.

This is the great doctrine of inspiration. A doctrine that not only sets the Bible apart from all other writings, but also establishes the Scripture’s authority over all of life.

John Calvin put it this way, “We owe to the Scripture the same reverence which we owe to God; because it has proceeded from him alone.”

The Scriptures transcend all other thoughts and ideas, just as much as the Creator transcends all creation.

The 1st reason why God’s Word is the sole authority over all of life—it alone was written by God.

 

Reason #2: Scripture is the Sole Authority Because – It Alone Never Errs

If there is anything that we learn from history, it is the fallibility of fallen man. As the old saying goes, “To err is human.”

Yet, all error dissipates when you come to the Scriptures.

Unlike anything else in this world, the Scriptures are totally inerrant in all they say and completely infallible in all they assert.

Unlike fallen man, the Scriptures can be trusted in their entirety.

This is the testimony of Scripture itself.

Psalm 12:6 – 6 The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.”

Psalm 19:7-9 – 7 The law of the Lord is perfectthe testimony of the Lord is sure…8 The precepts of the Lord are right…the commandment of the Lord is pure…9 the judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.”

Psalm 111:7 – “7 All His precepts are sure. 8 They are upheld forever and ever.” 

Psalm 119:140 – 140 Your word is very pure.

Psalm 119:172 – “172 Let my tongue sing of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness.

Proverbs 30:5 – 5 Every word of God is tested.”

Romans 7:12 –12 The Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

James 1:25 – 25 The perfect law.”

Never does Scripture criticize or correct itself. Never is Scripture influenced by the populace when it comes to truth. Never is Scripture influenced by the hidden agendas of men. Never does Scripture waver. Never will you find competing opinions in the Bible. And never will you find any error, falsehood, or lie in them (Hebrews 6:18).

The Scriptures speak with one voice, full authority, and absolute inerrancy.

This has been the testimony throughout the ages.

Augustine – “The Scriptures have never erred…The Scriptures cannot err…It is certain that the Scripture cannot disagree with itself.”

Martin Luther – “We must remain content with them, and cling to them as the perfectly clear, certain, sure words of God which can never deceive us or allow us to err” (Luther).

Calvin – “[Scripture is] free from every stain or defect.”

 

Reason #3: Scripture is the Sole Authority Because – It Alone Never Changes

Cultural opinions change. People’s minds change. Moral norms change. Standards change according to the latest poll.

What used to be taboo or thinkable a decade ago, is now commonplace and accepted. What once caused shame is now promoted.

Why is this so? Because without a fixed, objective standard of truth relativism will always win the day. Truth, if it is not found outside of you must then be found inside of you. And the result is always the same—lusts determine truth and desires determine fact. Everyone’s truth becomes valid and people take their stands on the ever shifting sands of opinion.

Yet, Scripture is altogether different. Because it was written by a transcendent God, its truth is transcendent and never changes with the times.

Psalm 119:89 – “89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.”

Psalm 119:160 – “160 The sum of Your word is truth [more on that in a moment], and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.”

Isaiah 40:8 – “8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the our God stands forever.”

Matthew 24:35 – “35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”

John 10:35 – “35 The Scripture cannot be broken.”

The pundits will die off. Man’s opinions will ebb and flow. The polls will shift with the wind. But God’s Word will never change. It is, and forever will be, the authority that transcends all cultures.