Question: I agree that our only creed is the Bible, but we are not to separate ourselves from the brethren [but] to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace….I don’t believe that anyone can say “I simply rely on God’s Word” and then ignore the fellowship of the saints from generations long past. To do so puts one in peril regarding the fundamental doctrines of the Bible. You should seek...and welcome the insights given to saints long ages past by the Holy Spirit….None of us must ever put ourselves above the Faith once for all delivered to the saints….We should take refuge in the “historic Christian faith” as affirmed by many godly men throughout Church history.
Answer: How do I “seek the judgment of the saints down through the centuries”? Where did they record them? And who are these godly men from ages past? Must I search out their writings? And since they disagree with one another, how do I arrive at the majority view, and why should that be the rule? Where could I better find “the Faith that once and for all was delivered to the saints” except in the Bible, where it was recorded by men of God inspired of the Holy Spirit? Or where would we better find “the fundamental doctrines of the Bible” than in the Bible itself?!
I appreciate your concern, but your advice, sincere though it may be, is not wise. Why, in order to find out what the majority believed, must I search through books written long ago by mere men when I can go to the Word of God itself, where the truth is written in clear language that is “sharper than any two-edged sword”! And so to the Bible I will go and, like the Bereans, will stand upon it regardless of what others may say.