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Tuesday
May222012

Theological Term of the Week

bibliolatry
The worship of the Bible instead of God. (While technically it may be possible to commit bibliolatry, high esteem for and submission to the Bible is not bibliolatry, but rather worship of God through reverence of and obedience to his revelation to us.)

  • A proper attitude toward scripture from scripture:
    I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.
    Blessed are you, O LORD;
    teach me your statutes!
    With my lips I declare
    all the rules of your mouth.
    In the way of your testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.
    I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
    I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.
    (Psalm 119:11-16 ESV)
  • From The London Baptist Confession 1689:
  • Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures

    5. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the church of God to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scriptures; and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, and the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, and many other incomparable excellencies, and entire perfections thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God…
  • From Freedom and Authority by J. I. Packer:
  • [I]f Jesus was God incarnate and spoke with personal divine authority, and if by sending the Spirit he really enabled his apostles to speak God’s word with total consistency. it follows that both Testaments (that which his gift of the Spirit produced as well as that which he knew and authenticated) ought to be received as “the very words of God” and as “God-breathed and … useful … so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped” (Rom. 3:2: 2 Tim. 3:16. 17). Only as we seek to believe and do what the two Testaments, taken together, say have we the full right to call ourselves Jesus’ disciples. “Why do you call me. “Lord. Lord,” and not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). Scripture comes to us, as it were, from Jesus? hand, and its authority and his are so interlocked as to be one.

    Bowing to the living Lord entails submitting mind and heart to the written Word. Disciples individually and churches corporately stand under the authority of Scripture because they stand under the lordship of Christ, who rules by Scripture. This is not bibliolatry but Christianity in its most authentic form.

  1. GotQuestions.orgWhat is bibliolatry?
  2. Blue Letter Bible: Does Belief in Inerrancy Cause Worship of the Bible?
  3. Kevin DeYoung: Is Bibliolatry the Real Danger?
  4. Tim Challies:  Bibliolatry
  5. S. M. Baugh: Is Bibliolatry Possible?
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Filed under Scripture.

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