A Good Word from Doug Phillips

In today’s political and cultural climate, it is refreshing to hear sound biblical thought applied to the world around us.  The entire article will edify and encourage those of faith.  But this excerpt will be plenty of a challenge for most. 

This (most Christian’s view of the sufficiency of scriptures) is most apparent when it comes to orthopraxy—the practical issues of life: How shall I vote? How shall I be educated? Who controls the womb? What does it mean to live as a woman? How shall we then dress? What type of movies and music should I introduce to my children? Etc., etc., etc.

Of course, it is one thing for Christians to disagree about how the all-sufficient Bible applies, but it is quite another to relegate the Bible to obscurity by claiming it is “silent” on these issues, and thus Christians may not invoke the Word of God to discern the proper ethical code of conduct. The former position is a reasonable in-house debate. The latter is heresy. And it is an error that serves as the foundation of the “partly right” worldview.

The Bible has the answer to the partly right philosophy. It is this:

“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, thoroughly furnished unto good works.”

II Timothy 3:16It says this to the syncretists of the Church:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14

The Bible says this of the opinions of autonomous man:

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 2 Corinthians 2:14

And it says this of the philosophies of the world:

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:8

Pogo once said: “We have met the enemy, and it is us.”

This will remain true until we reject the “partly right” error and presuppose Jesus Christ as Sovereign, Lord, and King over every area of life and thought. This means returning to the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture.


In contrast to this orthodox view of scriptures, we have Tony Campolo’s wife who is at least intellectually honest as to what orthodox or traditional teaching is.  The following is found here.

Peggy Campolo argues, as an Evangelical, that the church’s traditional teaching on homosexuality is mistaken-just as the church’s traditional teaching on the role of women, slavery, and divorce is also mistaken.

Mrs. Campolo at least recognizes the consistency of the traditional teaching on these matters before she dismisses them.  That is more than can be said for most cultural Christians like her.

1 Comment

  • tkonvalin says:

    Hi Paul:
    That was a good article. It does seem that all to often it is a matter of the sufficiency of scripture that is at the heart of the issue. As believers become more and more biblically illiterate the more and more orthodoxy will disappear and orthopraxy will diminish more so than it is now. As we approach the next election we will find people more than ever making a separation between biblical commands and their voting practices.

    On a different note it really is a small world. I found out the other day that a family, the Pines, that is visiting our new church while they are in town go to the same church as you. back in Tennessee. We are enjoying their fellowship and told them that we know of you through your blog that we read often.