Â I saw a blog recently, pretty good other than the ridiculous amount of advertising at the top, and I wrote the following response to it. I thought it was pertinent and ought to be on my blog.
Scripture and the Church
The history part of your post is excellent, and that’s unusual. While there are always going to be interpretations of history, there are basic things that simply happened, and any honest person has to at least stick to those things. Most don’t. You did. Congratulations. It’s sad that it’s so rare.
That said, I do disagree with your conclusion about carefully sticking to the Scriptures. One of the things the Scripture says to do is to test things by their fruit. I’m not very impressed by the fruit of the sola Scriptura movement. It’s pretty pitiful, in fact.
But let’s say we were to actually follow Scripture in the more important areas:love, unity, mercy, judgment, for example, and above all in how to know truth. Well, here’s some things it says.
The foundation of truth is the church and the revelation of God in the church (1 Tim. 3:15; 1 Jn. 2:27, where the “you” is plural, not singular). I’m not Catholic or Orthodox. By church, I mean the local church bonded together in Christ, not some organization.
That’s what the Scripture says. I didn’t make that up or rely on tradition. The Scripture says that if people are trying to seduce you, then you don’t have to worry if you–the local church–follow the anointing into what’s true. Hold fast to the unity of the Spirit, and God will lead you into the unity of the faith (Eph. 4:3,13).
God’s church will never be founded on micro-managing type of rules like no instruments and other things people fight over. It will be found on those who depart from iniquity (2 Tim. 2:19). People who pursue peace, faith, and holiness together (2 Tim. 2:22). And people who judge sin and put those who are obviously faking it or purely nominal out of their midst (1 Cor. 5). You will never find the church united in power and following God when most of its members have no interest in denying themselves, taking up their cross, and following God, even giving up all their possessions for one another and for the poor (Luke 9:23; 14:26-33).
Following the Scripture will lead you to know God and walk by the Spirit, so that the Spirit of God resolves all the difficulties in your midst, even the doctrinal ones. Following the Scripture as a foundation of truth, rather than knowing that Christ is Truth (Jn. 5:39-40), will have you never resolving your differences but living like Pharisees. It’s been proved over and over again.