AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE OR AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH?
“If the Word derived its authority from the church, then we would have to hold the church in higher esteem than God Himself. For whoever gives the credence and emphasis to someone’s words is superior to the person who speaks them. God has no superior, and therefore no one is in a position to give authority to His words” Wilhelmus a Brakel (ref#247, p29).
Thus, we acknowledge the Word to have divine authority solely because God is the One Who speaks:…(Isa 1:2). The Church merely functions as a herald” Wilhelmus a Brakel (ref#249, p29).
“If the Scriptures be not clear in themselves to all believers, but that all its perspicuity depends on the interpretation of the church, then our faith is to be ultimately resolved into the testimony of man. But that cannot be, for human testimony is not infallible and authentic, and therefore cannot [establish] divine faith and an infallible persuasion” Thomas Boston (ref#245, p40).
“…no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word” (2 Pet 1:19-21 MSG).
“Deny that the Bible is, without any qualifications, the very Word of God, and you are left without any ultimate standard of measurement and without any supreme authority” Arthur W. Pink (ref#245, p1).