Presentation on theme: "Human Standards of Authority"— Presentation transcript:
1 Human Standards of Authority (A study of Bible authority)
2 Chain of Authority from Heaven to Earth FATHERSONHOLY SPIRITAPOSTLESSPOKEN AND WRITTEN WORDAll-authoritative word, Jno. 12:49-50All-authoritative word, Jno. 17:6-8,14-19Given the Holy Spirit (Jno. 15:26-27)Comforter / the Spirit of truth, 14:16-18Teach and remember all things, 14:25-26Guide them into all truth, 16:12-15Revelation, inspiration, confirmation, Eph. 3:3-5; Matt. 10:20; Mk. 16:20THE NEW TESTAMENT OF CHRISTEarth
3 Commandments and Doctrines of Men Colossians 2:8, 18-23 Deprive of heavenly reward, 2:18 (8)Deceptive source of knowledge, 2:18Not holding fast to Christ…growth is not “from God”, 2:19Perishable (subject to corruption), 2:20-22False appearances of wisdom, 2:23Fail to conquer the flesh, 2:23
4 It works! “The end justifies the means.” Do evil that good may come, Rom. 3:5-8“You can’t argue with success!” Rom. 10:1- 3; 1 Sam. 15It works!
5 “We’ve always done it this way.” Man’s tradition is not God’s command, Mk. 7:1-13Wrong when given binding power (7:3-4, 8)Wrong when nullifies God’s commands (7:13)Tradition
6 Silence “It doesn’t say not to!” Be content with what has been revealed, Jno. 9 (Deut. 29:29)Silence does not give consent, Heb. 7: (Num. 3:10)Silence
7 Silence of NT used to endorse instrumental music by the Monterey Church of Christ, Lubbock, Texas But Stephens wondered, “If God feels so strongly about instruments not being used in a worship gathering, then why do I not find a specific text in the New Testament that says you can’t do it?”“Churches of Christ debate adding instrumental music to worship services”, Irie Price Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,Silence“It doesn’t say not to!”
8 “So many can’t be wrong!” The flood, Gen. 6:5-8Only two of the Exodus generation entered Canaan, Num. 14:28-30Majority crucified JesusMajority does not rule, Matt. 7:13-14Numbers
9 “If we do the important things right, the rest won’t matter!” Rulers, Jno. 12:42-43One lie, Acts 5:1-4Uzzah, 2 Sam. 6: (1 Chrn. 15:13-15)Did God misunderstand? Ezek. 18:24-28Little things
10 Keeping up with others “They are doing it and so can we!” Not content with God’s ways, 1 Sam. 8:4-7,“We won’t survive unless we become like the churches around us!” Rev. 3:1-3Keeping up with others
11 “It makes me feel good, so it must be right!” Pleasurable feelings do not justify, Heb. 11:25; Jas. 4:3 (Prov. 14:12; :26)Emotions
12 Losing touch with reality “I’d rather do it wrong than not do nothing!”In what other part of life does that work? Tim. 2:5Another alternative: Do God’s work in God’s way, Col. 3:17; Cor. 15:58Losing touch with reality
13 Every human source. of authority puts. greater value on man Every human source of authority puts greater value on man than on God and what He saysNew Testament of Christ is our only reliable authority, Tim. 3:16-17HEAVEN OR MEN?