Is the Bible for Man Today?


     Introduction:  It is obvious to all who are observant that there is blatant disregard for God and the Bible today. Not only has much of America turned its back on biblical teaching, but also organized religion has increasingly come to believe the Bible is not an authoritative book.

I. The authority of the Bible

  A. Individuals and religions which scoff at God’s Book being authoritative are in rebellion to God!

   a. We are commanded to "speak as the oracles of God," understand the will of God, and handle aright God’s word (I Pet. 4: 11, Eph. 5: 17, 2 Tim. 2: 15).

   b. God’s word is the means of determining whom the Christian fellowships (2 Jn. 9-11).

II. The applicability of the scriptures is seen in their completeness

  A. The one faith, the gospel system, has been once for all delivered (Jude 3, Eph. 4: 4).

  B. The scriptures are "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" (2 Tim. 3: 16, 17).

   a. Every human creed is condemned and constitutes vain worship (Mk. 7: 1 ff.).

III. What the Bible says is right, is right today and what the Bible pronounces is wrong, is wrong today

  A. For instance, the Bible teaches pure speech, putting spiritual things first, and living a holy life (Eph. 4: 29, Matt. 6: 33, 2 Cor. 7: 1).

  B. Lying, stealing, and fornication are just as wrong today as they were in the First Century (Rev. 21: 8, Eph. 4: 28, I Cor. 6: 18).

  C. God’s moral pronouncements are not dispensational. "The way of transgressors is hard," the wise man wrote (Prov. 13: 15).

    Conclusion:   Man desperately needs guidance because man cannot guide himself (Jere. 10: 23). Furthermore, we shall be judged by Jesus’ words (the scriptures, Jn. 12: 48). Yes, the Bible applies to our day!