Returning To the Authority of Scripture In Our Day

‘Father’, he said, ‘then I beg you to send him to my father’s house—because I have five brothers—to warn them, so they won’t also come to this place of torment.’
But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’
’No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’
— Luke 16:27-31

For this man and his brothers the authority of Scripture was insufficient. They needed something beyond the Scriptures to convince them. But Abraham said this super-biblical revelation was not to come because, in fact, it had already come in the Person of Jesus Christ.  

I see a movement afoot in the current church culture to put more confidence in human teachers than the God-inspired Scriptures. The ironic thing is that many of those who do this actually consider themselves to be above-the-average, super-pious Christians! But this closed-Bible feasting on the teachings of men is dangerous because it opens the door of our hearts to  false doctrine--which the Scripture says will proliferate in the last days. 

How can we return to the authority of Scripture in our day? I found a list scribbled on a piece of paper in my Bible. I will paraphrase what it says:

  1. We must begin by examining ourselves. Are we allowing God's Word to work in us? Are we spending time each and every day reading it and allowing God to speak to us (John 15:7, 10)? 
  2. Do we allow Scripture to determine our doctrine, practice, morality and worldview? Is God's Word the final word over every decision we make? The Bible should truly be the Supreme Court of our lives.
  3. More than a source for answers, do we allow Scripture to tell us why things are as they are? More than just an answer to our problems, do we allow the Bible to tell us why we have these problems? 
  4. Do we accept the Scripture as the very words of Christ to us? Are we committed to the words of Christ because we are committed to Him first? 
  5. Do we believe in the power of God's Word? Do we believe His words to be true and His promises to be fulfilled in our lives? 

We must return to doing these five things! When we do God's Word will once again prove itself to us.