“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3)
I’ve been in ministry now for about 4.5 years. That’s not a long time, I know. But every year, God puts before me some new challenges that I hadn’t faced before. Recently, I’ve had to face someone who obviously didn’t believe in the sufficiency and authority of Scripture in life…. Twice!
Before leaving on this trip, we had a man come to two services. After our Annual Business meeting, which he stayed for, he asked me who our Deacons are. I told him that since we didn’t have any other men in the active membership, we don’t have any Deacons at the moment. He asked me if the women in the church couldn’t be Deacons. “Well,” I said, “It would be awfully hard for them to be the husband of one wife.” That’s one of the qualifications of a Deacon in Scripture. (1 Timothy 3:12) He answered me, sarcastically, “And I suppose you think you get that from the Bible.” I said yes and he called me a legalist and stormed off to get his coat. I followed him, open Bible in hand to show him the Scripture. He informed me that I would be wasting my time on him with that! Wasting my time?!? By using the Bible?!? I answered him that if using the Bible was a waste of time, I will waste a lot of time with him. He left and we didn’t see him again.
This last Sunday I was in a church in Milltown, Wisconsin. The Friday before, I attended their Reformers Unanimous meeting to check it out, since I’d like to run one at PBC someday. I met a man who began asking me questions and then said, “I suppose you’re one of those premillennialists too…” I am and unashamedly so. He told me then that he would plan on being in church Sunday morning and would critique my message following the service. Well, Sunday he met me at the back door after the service. He said my message was “ok” he would write me a letter to critique it and send it up to me at home. I asked him if it would be about eschatology and he said that he has a hard time having the mind of Christ on these things. I asked him if he meant he can’t seem to think Christ-like on this and he agreed. I informed him that I don’t want his letter because my interest in doctrinal things is based on Scripture, not on man’s ideas. We ended up having a long discussion on many things.
That’s twice recently that I faced that. Just a week ago I was reading through First and Second Peter, preparing some messages for when I get back to Swift Current. As I spoke to this man, the verse above came back to my mind. “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3) God has given us, in His Word, ALL THINGS that pertain to life and godliness. That means two things.
First, i don’t need anything else to tell me how to live or what to believe. God’s Word is sufficient for these things. All that I need to know for what to teach, all that I need to know to raise my family, all that I need to know to be a good husband, everything I need is in there! I need nothing else!
Second, it means that there is no other source of Truth that is able to teach me anything that will build me up and make me more godly. Nothing else has the quality of life found in the Bible (Hebrews 4:12), nothing else comes from the mind of God (2 Peter 1:16-21), no other book can give life (1 Peter 1:23). Not only do I not need anything else, but nothing else can help. Not only does this apply to me, but it applies to you also! This is the Truth, the Absolute Truth! Truth is not subjective; this is not true to me but untrue to you. It is true for all men, women and children the whole world over whether they recognize it or not.
If I am a legalist in the eyes of some because I believe in the sufficiency and authority of Scripture, so be it. I gladly bear the insult.
Do me and yourselves a favor – the day that some other book or source becomes the authority for life and godliness in my life and/or pulpit… Fire me.
- Pastor Mike
Sunday Service Times
9:45 a.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship
120-1081 Central Ave N,