Do We Need More Than The Bible?
Do you think we need something in addition to the Bible? Some seem to think so. How do I know this? Because in addition to the Bible there are many churches that have their own creed books that set forth the basic beliefs of their religion. There are churches that have created and follow catechisms, church manuals/disciplines, and supposed additional revelations from God. There are church leaders that regularly assemble for their councils and synods to decide their church’s doctrine in regard to salvation, worship, and moral issues of the day. Why would any of this be necessary if all would simply be content to follow the Bible, nothing more and nothing less (I Cor. 4:6; Gal. 1:6-9; Rev. 22:18-19)?
After all, the apostle Peter wrote that: “as His divine power has given to us ALL THINGS that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). James said Christians are to hear and do all things contained in “the perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25). If it’s “perfect” what else do we need? Paul penned: “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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Not all creed books, but all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God! Jude declared we are to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). So, do we need more than the Bible? No, the Bible is all-sufficient, providing all that we need!