What is to be Our Rule of Faith?
By: Garland M. Robinson
All people have a rule of faith they follow, whether religious or otherwise. Denominational churches are most often arranged in hierarchical structures. Compliance to "headquarters" is an absolute must. There are councils, synods, conferences and conventions. They have creed books, manuals and disciplines. With some, the Bible is relegated to 2nd or 3rd place or even further down the line of authority. What about the church you attend?
On the other hand, the ONLY RULE OF FAITH by which all people everywhere are to live is THE BIBLE, THE WORD OF GOD. The Lord's people do not have a creed, manual or discipline made by man. Heaven's creed is the Bible and the Bible alone. It is the pattern or blueprint we must follow! There is no hierarchy greater than the local church and its conformity to the Holy Bible. What about the church you attend? What does it accept?
God gave the Bible and it is sufficient to guide all men to heaven -- nothing more is needed. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We have been given "...all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue" (2 Peter 1:3). Inspired Scripture was delivered only once and it is sufficient for all time -- till this world no longer stands (Jude 1:3). Revelation from God ceased by the end of the first century. It is not subject to change and those who do change it by adding to it or taking from it will suffer eternal consequences. The condemnation of God rests upon them (Revelation 22:18-19).
The Bible is the book by which we will be judged, not the creeds of men. Jesus said, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day" (John 12:48). Jesus said, "...IF ye continue in my word, THEN are ye my disciples indeed" (John 8:31). His WORD is our absolute rule of faith.
Do you accept the Bible? Will you let it rule your life?