How Sufficient Is God’s Word?
To answer this question, let’s go to what His Word tells us: “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter:1:3). “All things that pertain to life and godliness” seems very comprehensive if, indeed, “all” means all. Of course the Bible doesn’t include instructions regarding auto repair or figuring out our recently updated iPhone or making that perfect omelet, which have nothing directly associated with “life and godliness.”
Furthermore, the sufficiency Peter writes about is that which is gained “through the knowledge” that comes from God, i.e., knowing Him and obeying His instructions. Many who call themselves Christians claim to believe in the sufficiency of Scripture but are prone—even led by their pastors—to seek out the unbiblical wisdom of men in order to deal with life’s mental and emotional problems, which are rooted in doing things man’s way (Proverbs:14:12 and 16:25). It should be clear that this is often a case of the shortsighted (i.e., pastors who should know better) directing the myopic (believers who don’t know better) to the spiritually blind (professional counselors who are sightless regarding the counsel of God).
We need to ask ourselves if we truly (and therefore practically) believe in the sufficiency of Scripture. If not, today is a good day to start submitting to God’s Word in “all things that pertain to life and godliness.”
T. A. McMahon