Archive for the ‘sufficiency of Scripture’ Category

Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the sufficiency of the Bible

June 17, 2011

If the 6 volumes of ‘Scripture Studies’ are practically the Bible topically arranged, with Bible proof-texts given, we might not improperly name the volumes- ‘The Bible’ in an arranged form. That is to say, they are not merely comments on the Bible, but they are practically the Bible itself…Furthermore, not only do we find that people cannot see the divine plan in studying the Bible itself, but we see also that if anyone lays the ‘Scripture Studies’ … after he has read them for 10 years-if he then lays them aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone…our experience shows that within 2 years he goes into darkness. On the other hand, if he has merely read the ‘S.S.’ with their references, and had not read a page of the Bible, as such, he would be in the light at the end of the two years.

Charles Taze Russell, Watchtower, Sept 15, 1910

He does not impart his holy spirit and understanding and appreciation of his Word apart from his visible organization.

Watchtower, July 1, 1965, pg. 391

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If anything is contrary to Scripture, it is wrong. If anything is the same as Scripture, it is not needed. If anything goes beyond Scripture, it has no authority.

September 10, 2010


If anything is contrary to Scripture, it is wrong. If anything is the same as Scripture, it is not needed. If anything goes beyond Scripture, it has no authority.

Curtis Crenshaw, Word-faith critic

Sufficiency of Scripture in the early fathers

April 25, 2010

The holy and inspired Scriptures are fully sufficient for the proclamation of the truth.

Athanasius; Against the Heathen, I:3.

We have learned from none others the plan of our salvation, than from those through whom the Gospel has come down to us, which they did at one time proclaim in public, and, at a later period, by the will of God, handed down to us in the Scriptures, to be the ground and pillar of our faith.

Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book III.

Vainly then do they run about with the pretext that they have demanded Councils for the faith’s sake; for divine Scripture is sufficient above all things; but if a Council be needed on the point, there are the proceedings of the Fathers, for the Nicene Bishops did not neglect this matter, but stated the doctrine so exactly, that persons reading their words honestly, cannot but be reminded by them of the religion towards Christ announced in divine Scripture.

Athanasius, De Synodis.

There are many more in this vein here

Jospeh Smith’s Attack on the Sufficiency of the Bible

November 2, 2009

I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.

Joseph Smith, DHC 4:461; also TPJS, 194.

Joseph Smith  (had been given) “power from on high…to translate the Book of Mormon; which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also.”

D&C 20:8-9

This attacks the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture since it implies that the gospel is not fully made known in the New Testament. It strongly implies that to get really near to God you can’t rely on the Bible’s doctrine but need also the book of Mormon.