BIBLIANISM

There is a gross misuse of the term “Word of God”. Who is the Word of God? or what is the Word of God? Is it a book? Is it an audible voice from heaven? Are we into play of words? It is confusing at times to think that everything Moses had said and wrote to the Jewish nation in the scriptures is a portion of God’s word. Even Paul’epistles to different
churches are considered part of the word of God.

Many believe that the whole Bible is the word of God to preserve and perpetuate their church doctrines and beliefs. In fact, many of us believe that the Bible does not only contain the word of God but rather is the written word of God itself. Therefore, we are to follow all there is in the Bible even we have problems of understanding it.

Let us be careful in interpreting and applying what we read in the scriptures for our convenience and delight, to suit our church doctrines and conforn to our selective reasoning. Remember, Jesus Christ is the Word and His words are final and
true.

A. W. Tozer wrote about what he called “the error of textualism,” which we call it “biblianism” today. This is what he wrote about it:

“The error of textualism is not doctrinal. It is far more subtle than that and much more difficult to discover, but its effects are just as deadly. Not its theological beliefs are at fault, but its assumptions.

“It assumes, for instance, that if we have the word for a thing we have the thing itself. If it is in the Bible, it is in us. If we have the doctrine, we have the experience. If something was true of Paul it is of necessity true of us because we accept Paul’s epistles as divinely inspired.

“The Bible tells us how to be saved, but textualism goes on to make it tell us that we are saved, something which in the very nature of things it cannot do. Assurance of individual salvation is thus no more than a logical conclusion drawn from doctrinal premises, and the resultant experience wholly mental.” (Man: The Dwelling Place of God, A. W. Tozer, page 18, copyright 1966 Christian Publications, Inc., Harrisburg, PA.)

(Saturday, 28 August 2004)

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