After being up all night assisting the arrival of a downy-soft newborn baby, I dropped into my in-law’s house for a shower, change of clothes, and nap. I also needed to wash my uniform because the next baby was showing signs of appearing later in the day. Throwing my contaminated clothes into the washing machine, I sank wearily into the recliner for a rest.
Being the incurable read-a-holic that I am, I picked up the FCM Informer magazine lying on the coffee table. Uh-oh. Even my exhausted brain was revved into gear by reading this bit about revelation received through the Bible:
“No vital detail is left out of the instructions. Period. When it comes to any necessary spiritual instruction, the Bible, God’s special revelation, is all we get and all we need. As Peter puts it, ‘His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue’ (2 Peter 1:3).” (FCM Informer, Sept/Oct 2016 issue, page 5.)
I saw this statement as strangely contradictory to what the publishers and many readers of this magazine believe.
Scripture is all we need they sing loudly. But when you talk about holy living, the tune abruptly changes. If we truly believe that “no vital detail is left out” and “any necessary spiritual instruction” is found in the Bible, then the Bible will be our guide, not man-made rules. So why the huge emphasis on church rules?
We do not need to hear God’s voice personally, they proclaim, because we have all we need in the Bible! Yet God’s Word is not enough to help us live well, even though “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness”?