Scripture is Sufficient

One Foundation: Essays on the Sufficiency of Scripture
Edited by Jeremiah Johnson
Grace to You, 2019, 199 pp.

5 Stars

I had the pleasure and blessing of reading this collection of articles, which expound on the sufficiency of God’s Word. This book was published by Grace to You to commemorate the 50th anniversary of John MacArthur’s ministry.

The Roman Catholic church entered into great error when it subordinated God’s Word to its “Sacred Tradition.” Most pseudo-Christian sects/cults likewise appeal to some type of extra-biblical “revelation” or authority in addition God’s revealed Word. The writers in this collection make clear that the Bible is our sole authority in matters of faith and practice and is fully sufficient to equip God’s servants:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The articles and authors are as follows:

  • Based on God’s Word Alone – R.C. Sproul
  • Why You Can Believe the Bible – Voddie Baucham
  • The Finding of an Old Book – Jack MacArthur
  • The Sufficiency of Scripture – John MacArthur
  • Not Ashamed of the Gospel – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • The Standard of Sound Words: A Mandate for the Pulpit – Steven Lawson
  • In Praise of God’s Word – Mark Dever
  • Evangelicals, the Challenge of Modernity, and the Quest for a Christian Worldview: Lessons from a Century of Hope and Disappointment – R. Albert Mohler*
  • The Folly of Adding to Scripture – Conrad Mbewe
  • We Must Obey God Rather Than Men: Scripture, Authority, and the Reformation – Nathan Busenitz
  • Hearing from Heaven: How God Speaks Today (And How He Doesn’t) – Justin Peters
  • The Foolishness of the Cross – Phil Johnson

I appreciated all of the articles, especially “Hearing from Heaven” by Justin Peters. My blog deals in discernment ministry issues and I appreciate Peters’ calling to defend God’s Truth amidst the rampant error and deception outside and inside the church. Peters is not afraid to name the names of false teachers and apostates, as did the apostle Paul in his epistles.

*As a cautionary note, I don’t endorse Albert Mohler’s bent towards political activism/Christian nationalism and his eager willingness to ally with non-Christian “co-belligerents” (e.g., Roman Catholics) in cultural/morality wars. We’ve already seen how this type of accommodation and compromise in the interest of preserving “Christian America” ultimately leads to embracement of the Catholic church and betrayal of the Gospel (see Chuck Colson, James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Robert Jeffress, Franklin Graham, Bill Bright, etc.).

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38 thoughts on “Scripture is Sufficient

      1. I bundle up REALLY well when I go on walks. Only my eyes are uncovered. My jacket is a dense, tight weave. Most times when I get home from walking I’m sweating.

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      1. Yeah, it was a very quick and enjoyable read. I’m currently reading a thick 1938 history about Protestant “anti-Catholicism” in 19th century America. Extremely interesting but as usual the author ignores the root cause.

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      2. Yup, it’s the same with all these histories of “anti-Catholicism.” There is a chapter in the book that deals with “Catholic provocations” that I’ve yet to get to, but a 1938 review of the book from a Protestant magazine stated the chapter was sadly lacking.

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      1. “He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, 13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”…Mark 7:9-13

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