As biblical authority has been abandoned in practice, as its truths have faded from Christian consciousness, and as its doctrines have lost their saliency, the church has been increasingly emptied of its integrity, moral authority and direction. Rather than adapting Christian faith to satisfy the felt needs of consumers, we must proclaim the law as the only measure of true righteousness and the gospel as the only announcement of saving truth. Biblical truth is indispensable to the church’s understanding, nurture and discipline (James White, Sola Scriptura, L.564).
The emphases in the above text from Dr. White’s book, Sola Scriptura, are mine. I found it an excellent reminder that it is the Bible that shows us the character of the righteous God. As Jesus clearly stated:
No one is good except God alone (Luke 18:19).
It is the Bible only that provides to us today this clear revelation of the perfect goodness of God. While the ruler in Luke 18 could see the goodness of God the Son standing in front of him, we can only clearly see God’s goodness through the pages of Scripture. It is the Bible that shows us how far we all fall short of that righteousness.
None is righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10).
Thankfully, the Bible also shows us the only way of salvation:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).
Our society wants to promote a so-called “diversity” that makes a mockery of the word. We, as Christians, must reject any diversity as it relates to Scripture, God, and salvation. There is only one God, only one written revelation, and only one way to be saved.
Now, if only someone would come up with a clever list of items that would make it easy to remember that we are saved by faith alone, through grace alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone as revealed in the Scripture alone.