It is not our heart that determines our course

continuing to read Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, you get to page 55.

this is some really great stuff on the importance of Biblical literacy:

How, for example, shall we ever attain certainty and confidence in our personal and church activity if we do not stand on solid Biblical ground? It is not our heart that determines our course, but God’s word. But who in this day has any proper understanding of the need for scriptural proof? How often we hear innumerable arguments “from life” and “from experience” put forward as the basis for most crucial decisions, but the argument of Scripture is missing. And this authority would perhaps point in exactly the opposite direction. It is not surprising, of course, that the person attempts to cast discredit upon their wisdom should be the one who himself does not seriously read, know, and study the Scriptures. But one who will not learn how to handle the Bible for himself is not an evangelical Christian.

…..he who can speak out of the abundance of God’s Word, the wealth of directions, admonitions, and consolations of the Scriptures, will be able through God’s Word to drive out demons and help his brother.

emphasis added.

Like I have said before and I will very likely continue to say many times in the future, what would it look like if Christians who profess to believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word to us actually believed that II Timothy 3:16-17 means what it says and lived like it?

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Do we really believe this? Do we really believe that the Bible is useful and will lead to full competence and equipping? really? Do we act like it? If we were to act in accordance with this professed belief what would we do?


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