This article is written shortly after Calvin College’s Board of Trustees gave approval for the professors at Calvin to teach whatever they want to teach, even evolution. This article is not intended to scorn or mock our mother church, nor is it our intent to directly debate that fateful report. I only point to that as proof that the infallibility of God’s Word is under attack! What a terrible thing! God’s Word subjected: it must conform to man’s rationale. The death knell of a church is when God’s Word is thrown out and humanism becomes the ruler in the church. That church is dead. As I stated, however, this article is not about the problems in the Christian Reformed Churches.
Do not think, for even one minute, that this cannot happen to us, Protestant Reformed Churches. One of the problems that leads towards the doubting of God’s Word is already among us. We must submit ourselves to the authority of God’s Word. The problem is, that quite the opposite happens. We try to subject God’s Word to our lives. We use the Bible to justify our actions. We try to hide behind Christian liberty. We subject God’s Word to our actions, rationale, and even what we know to be fact. God is much greater than that. No mere man can fully understand God or His Word. We have only a very small understanding. God is beyond comprehension.
Take the case of evolution verses God’s Word. Most scientists say evolution is not a theory. They can conclusively prove, to man’s intellect, that species evolve. They prove that due to the survival of the fittest, the world is what it is today. How must the Christian respond to this? Don’t forget, we are facing what the scientists call irrefutable proof. We will be mocked to scorn if we come up with some “fairy tale” as they call the creation story. We must respond with God’s Word. That is the ultimate authority in our lives. Do not rely on human rationale. What it boils down to is this: who do we believe, God’s Word or man’s rationale? Only by faith can we say that God’s Word is the only authority in our life.
The problem is, you see, that if we start to pick and choose what we want to believe in the Bible, the entire Bible crumbles into meaninglessness. There is no authority in God’s Word. If we say this or that text does not apply to us in our circumstances, we have destroyed all of God’s Word. The Bible was written thousands of years ago. Circumstances were so different back then. It doesn’t apply to us the way it applied to them—right? Dead Wrong! If we believe that any part of the Bible is dated, obsolete, not applicable to us, untrue, or not inspired by God, then we have destroyed the authority and power of all of God’s Word. If we deny anything in the Scripture from creation through the prophets, the virgin birth through Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection, and right on through the last chapter of Revelation, then God’s Word becomes only a fable. The Bible stands as God’s Word, but if one part is destroyed or changed, it becomes meaningless.
Scripture itself proves that it is inspired by God. II Peter 1:21, “For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” The creation is not a fable written by man. It is God’s Word. Does this Scripture apply to our life? II Timothy 3:16, “ 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, throughly furnished unto all good works.” God’s Word was not written to instruct the world, but rather, the man of God. The world exists for the church. The Word of God damns the wicked. Do not expect to instruct the world out of the Word of God. They will not listen. God’s Word is instruction only for the elect.
The Scripture must be the only authority in our lives. We must bow before what the Word of God tells us. We believe, by faith, that all of Scripture is inspired and written by God through men. When man, with all of his proof, tries to prove God’s Word wrong, do not try to make God’s Word fit man’s proof. That will never be possible. We must say that God is the only authority in our life. Man is wrong. In God and His Word is my strength and hope.i