Does The Bible “Become” The Word of God?

Do you believe that the Bible- all of it- is truly the inspired inerrant word of God? What does your church leadership say the Bible is? Do you believe it IS the word of God, or that it only CONTAINS the word of God.  You see, words do matter, as J.R. Bjerke of Gospel of Christ Ministries point out in this post.

Does The Bible “Become” The Word of God?

By  J.R. Bjerke of Gospel of Christ Ministries

February 7, 2011

One new teaching that has crept into the church today is that the Bible becomes the Word of God as it is read. This is seen in a statement released by a mainstream Christian denomination which stated that “the Bible becomes the infallible Word of God, the authoritative rule of faith and practice in the Church.” This statement affirms that biblical inspiration occurs as the Bible is being read, and becomes the infallible Word of God for faith and practice.

There are two issues at the heart of this statement. First, the issue of the Bible becoming the Word of God when we read it. The Bible cannot become the Word of God because it is the Word of God. The Bible is the Word of God regardless if anyone reads it

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness – 2 Timothy 3:16

These two verses clearly state that the Word of God is living, and all Scripture is inspired. These verses do not say that the Word of God or that Scripture becomes anything.

Second, by affirming that the Bible becomes the Word of God creates a relativistic environment consistent with neo-orthodox theology. In this environment, what becomes the “Word of God’ for you does not necessarily have to become the “Word of God” for someone else. This leads to a weak view of sin, as what one person might consider sin another person would not consider sin. This results in everyone doing what they “feel” is right. The Bible has some very strong words about this,

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. – Judges 1:25

The Bible teaches that there is a great danger in doing what we think is right.

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. - Proverbs 14:12

While it may not be the popular position we must purpose in our hearts to affirm that the Bible is the Word of God, and must live our lives accordingly.

Grace and Peace