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