All denomination’s doctrinal views differ somewhat. Since most churches base their views on the sayings of men rather than on the commands of God, we ought to expect this. Because of this, most times, on most issues, it is easy to say we hold to this view or that view because our belief isn’t going to cost us and won’t cause us any real difficulty either in the church or out of the church.
The difficulty comes in when we say we believe what God has said, when we say we hold to Sola Scriptura, when we say we are going to apply God’s Word to the minute details of our lives and then we seek to live it out; this will turn our lives upside down. So it is with applying Scripture to our views of womanhood and manhood. What God says is so radically different than what our world, and most of our churches, believe that when we try to apply it and live it out we set ourselves up for attack and criticism…even among fellow believers. Sometimes even among our Reformed Brethren.
Many folks who claim that they believe in Sola Scriptura fail to give evidence of it when it comes to believing and applying truths that will radically change their lives at the personal level: it’s far easier to argue for Total Depravity than it is to argue for the headship of man, the home-centeredness of biblical womanhood, the blessing of God’s gift of children.
The question is: do we really believe God? If we do, we of the Reformed Faith can’t cherry-pick what we believe in and be right with God; after all, that is what we have been accusing our “less enlightened” brethren of, isn’t it? If we believe God is really God then God’s say is all that matters. God and His Word must be honored, and obeyed, in all things, in all ways, at all times. If we love Him, if we honor His Word, we must take it upon ourselves to pick through the rubble of the past 150 years and get back to God’s Word, God’s Truth…as God Himself would have us believe it and live it. We must divorce our beliefs from our culture, we must stop looking at church and at family through the lens of modernity; after all, that’s part of the problem that got us from where we were to where we are.
Higher criticism. Darwin. Compulsory schooling. The industrial revolution. These were tools used by Satan, by the world, to attack biblical authority. We must get back beyond them to see what was before. We must understand them in order to understand how they have been used by the Evil One to attack the authority of God’s Word.
Either we believe in the sufficiency of Scripture to teach us, guide us, direct us…or we don’t. Let’s not be guilty of the very same thing that those who have gone before us were guilty of. If we are going to embrace Sola Scriptura, let us do it whole-heartedly…no matter what the cost to us. Then, believing it, let us live it out…to God’s glory, by His grace, for the good of our churches, for the good of our families.
Soli Deo gloria!