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Scripture Alone
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“If God’s Word is to be heard, we who love it must stand in its defense,” says James R. White in his introduction to Scripture Alone. With clear teaching in an engaging, accessible style, this book lays a foundation for all Christians who desire a deeper understanding of biblical sufficiency. White presents Scripture as God- breathed in nature, as unparalleled and absolute in authority, and as the church’s infallible rule of faith in straightforward language to help believers apply these doctrines to their lives. In addition he addresses the timely issues of the canon, including textual and historical evidence.
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The accuracy of the Word of God has been under attack for its entire history. From the Garden of Eden where Satan asked, “Has God said…?” to the Divinci Codes which tries to introduce more information, there has been a barrage of doubt cast upon it. The authority and authenticity have also come under attack: most recently the normalization of homosexuality and the claims of the Jesus Seminar. How does someone get to the low point of doubting what God has said, and accepting some of the erroneous claims that are so prominent? The simplest answer is they adopt a low view of Scripture. Without the understanding that the Bible is the very words of the Creator, one will inevitably begin to doubt the contents. In Scripture Alone, James White examines some of the most important aspects of the Doctrine of Sola Scriptura; Scripture Alone. He gives a clear definition of the terms, claiming that an accurate definition is more than half the battle in defending the integrity of the Bible. He also examines the canon (how we got the Bible), Inerrancy and Exegesis, as well as the claims of extra-biblical writings, such as the so-called Gospel of Thomas. In many circles today, even some evangelical ones, we hear allegations of biblical contradictions and corruption. We hear mystical terminology such as, “The Lord spoke to me…”; we hear traditions raised to the same level of authority as Scripture and we hear about the Development of Doctrine. The Bible refutes each of these claims and White addresses it this book. One of the many strengths of the book is that White puts the hard to grasp concepts into context. By using a dialogue format, he presents the problem and defends the Bible in a conversation between two people. These dialogues will help bring into focus the great truths of faith against the backdrop of error. As a follower of Christ, there should be no doubt as to the inerrancy, infallibility, sufficiency and authority of what God has said to us in His Word. If you have found yourself wondering if the Gospel of Thomas is binding to our conscience or if the Apocrypha belongs in the Canon or if the Bible is really sufficient for all of life and godliness (II Peter 1:3), then Scripture Alone will be a great help to you. Read ‘em & Reap! - Brad