The whole counsel of God concerning everything essential for his own glory and man’s salvation, faith, and life is either explicitly stated or by necessary inference contained in the Holy Scriptures. Nothing is ever to be added to the Scriptures, either by new revelation of the Spirit or by human traditions. Nevertheless, we acknowledge that the inward illumination of the Spirit of God is necessary for a saving understanding of what is revealed in the Word. We recognize that some circumstances concerning the worship of God and government of the church are common to human actions and organizations and are to be ordered by the light of nature and Christian wisdom, following the general rules of the Word, which must always be observed.
Whenever we come to Scripture we must realize that God has revealed everything in it for us for saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. God’s word is fully sufficient for these things. When we say that the Scriptures are sufficient we are not saying that it is “omni-sufficient” in other words we are not able to go to the Scriptures to learn everything about calculus, Spanish, or how to produce a movie. Yet the scriptures are sufficient enough to tell us exactly all that we need for saving knowledge, faith, and obedience to God. We cannot add anything to the Scriptures either that be by things we think are revealed to us by dreams, tongues, prophecies, or feelings and opinions. Nor can we add anything by way of tradition. Wherever Scripture is silent or quiet we should be careful not to scream out an opinion.
The sufficiency of Scripture does not negate the necessity of study, critical thinking, and diligence. This doctrine is no excuse for mental laziness. Scripture emphasizes the importance of ordinary use of study and searching the scripture like silver and gold (Proverbs 2). The Sufficiency of Scripture also does not negate the necessity of common sense. Natural reason is assumed in those to whom the Scriptures are addressed. Such reason is itself, the creation of the Word of God. The Sufficiency of Scripture does not negate the necessity of the Spirit’s teaching. This doctrine is no excuse for intellectual pride. The Scripture are not sufficient or clear to the one devoid of the Spirit. We acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for saving understanding. “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for the things of the Spirit are folly to him, and he is not able to understand the things of the Spirit because they are understood by the Spirit.” (1Cor. 2:14)
In Christ, Pastor Daniel