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Is the Bible Sufficient?
By Dirk Anderson
Mrs. White claims her testimonies were given because of the fact that Seventh-day Adventists were ignorant of the Bible:
"If you had made God's word your study, with a desire to reach the Bible standard and attain to Christian perfection, you would not have needed the Testimonies."1In the same paragraph she places her writings on par with the writings of Holy Scripture:
"I took the precious Bible and surrounded it with the several Testimonies for the Church, given for the people of God. Here, said I, the cases of nearly all are met. ... God has been pleased to give you line upon line and precept upon precept."2Just as the Mormons add the Book of Mormon to the Scriptures, Mrs. White, describes in visual terms how she places her Testimonies side-by-side with the Holy Word of God. Is it true that Mrs. White's writings can stand side-by-side with the Holy Scriptures? Let us compare the two...
Is the Bible Enough?
Does the Bible contain everything a Christian needs in order to live a godly life in this age? Paul wrote:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 1 Timothy 3:16,17Scripture contains everything necessary in order for a child of God to be "perfect." The Greek word for "perfect" is artios which means, "complete, sufficient, completely qualified." The Bible is complete. It is sufficient. We do not need anything else. In fact, other writings may distract not only our time from studying the Scriptures, but may also lead us down incorrect paths.
We don't need the writings of "Church Fathers"God speaks to us through His Word, and His Word is the Holy Scriptures. The Bible, the inspired, infallible revelation of God's will, is His chosen instrument to inspire His followers with faith and hope:
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom. 10:17)Thus, the Bible is sufficient to make us perfect and complete, to inspire us with faith and hope, and to show us our duty towards God and man. A book that is "complete" needs nothing added to it. It is done. It cannot be improved upon. The Bible is the complete and perfect revelation of God's plan for mankind. The Bible needs no additions. We would do well to heed the words written by the apostle John in the last chapter of the last book of the Bible:
If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. (Rev. 22:18)
1. Ellen White, Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 605.
3. Selected Messages, book 1, p. 37.
4. Walter Rea, How the SDA Spirit of Prophecy was Born.
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