The Bible is the final source of authority on God
The Bible also includes the as equal to or secondary to rest of
The Church provides the interpretation o of the Bible and tradition may
be viewed as having equal authority.
Reason is the interpreter of Scripture
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Of the sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation.
Scriptures containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that
is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required
any man, that it should be believed as an of the faith, or be thought
or necessary to salvation. In the name of Holy Scripture, we do
those Canonical books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority
was never any doubt in the Church.
Of the names and number of the Canonical Books.
The First Book of Samuel.
The Second Book of Samuel.
The First Book of Kings.
The Second Book of Kings.
The First Book of Chronicles.
The Second Book of Chronicles.
The First Book of Esdras.
The Second Book of Esdras.
The Book of Esther.
The Book of Job.
Ecclesiastes, or the Preacher.
Cantica, or Songs of Solomon.
Four Prophets the Greater.
Twelve Prophets the Less.
the other books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of
life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to
any doctrine; such are these following:
Third Book of Esdras.
The Fourth Book of Esdras.
The Book of Tobias.
The Book of Judith.
The rest of the Book of Esther.
The Book of Wisdom.
Jesus the Son of Sirach.
Baruch the Prophet.
The Song of the Three Children.
The Story of Susanna.
Of Bel and the Dragon.
The Prayer of Manasses.
The First Book of Maccabees.
The Second Book of Maccabees.
the books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do
and account them canonical.
VII. Of the Old Testament.
Old Testament is not contrary to the New; for both in the Old and New
everlasting life is offered to mankind by Christ, who is the only
between God and man, being both God and man. Wherefore there are not to
be heard which feign that the old fathers did look only for transitory
promises. Although the law given from God by Moses, as touching
and rites, do not bind Christian men, nor the civil precepts thereof
of necessity to be received in any commonwealth; yet, notwithstanding,
no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the
which are called moral.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: WE BELIEVE in the verbal, plenary inspiration
of the Holy Scriptures, namely the Old and New Testaments in their
writings. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us all in all things
to our salvation, and is absolutely supreme and sufficient in authority
in all matters of faith and conduct. The Bible does not simply contain
the Word of God, but is, in reality, the complete revelation and very
of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that whatever is not contained
therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith - Matthew 5:17,18;
24:35; John 4:39; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
Divine Inspiration of the Scriptures
Scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New
are the infallible Word of God. They were written by holy men of God
by the Holy Spirit and have supreme authority in all matters of faith
WORD OF GOD:
greatness and holiness are such, that without His aid, man can neither
understand God nor find the way to a right relationship with Him. In
mercy, however, God has made Himself known. He has done this partially
through Creation but more fully and clearly to the people of Israel and
explicitly and finally in Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and the
of God incarnate. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as
given and divinely preserved, record, interpret and complete God's
revelation to us. We therefore accept the Bible as not merely
but being the divinely inspired and infallible Word of God written and
the final and sufficient authority in all matters of Christian faith
The Word of God –
inspired, infallible and the sole authority in all matters of Christian
faith and practice.
Bible is the living word of God - infallible, authoritative and
and the foundation of all Christian doctrine;
AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE
The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally
inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the
of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and
believe the Bible is God-inspired (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
The Scripture Inspired
Bible is the inspired Word of God to men; the infallible rule of faith
and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason. but not contrary
to reason (II Timothy 3: 15,16; I Corinthians 2: 13; I Peter 2:2).
infallibility of the Word of God
ARMY A SOLDIER'S COVENANT
We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given
by inspiration of God and that they only constitute the divine rule of
Christian faith and practice.
Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the written Word of God,
by divine inspiration through holy men of God who spoke and wrote as
were moved by the Holy Spirit. In this Word, God has committed to man
knowledge necessary for salvation. The Holy Scriptures are the
revelation of His will. They are the standard of character, the test of
experience, the authoritative revealer of doctrines, and the
record of God's acts in history. (2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17;
119:105; Prov. 30:5, 6; Isa. 8:20; John 17:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb.
believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures
God-breathed, since their writers spoke from God as they were moved
the Holy Spirit; hence are fully trustworthy in all that they affirm;
our highest authority for faith and life.
Uniting Church acknowledges that the Church has received the books of
Old and New Testaments as unique prophetic and apostolic testimony, in
which it hears the Word of God and by which its faith and obedience are
nourished and regulated. When the Church preaches Jesus Christ, its
is controlled by the Biblical witnesses. The Word of God on whom
depends is to be heard and known from Scripture appropriated in the
and witnessing life of the Church. The Uniting Church lays upon its
the serious duty of reading the Scriptures, commits its ministers to
from these and to administer the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's
as effective signs of the Gospel set forth in the Scriptures.
Uniting Church acknowledges that God has never left the Church without
faithful and scholarly interpreters of Scripture, or without those who
have reflected deeply upon, and acted trustingly in obedience to, God's
living Word. In particular the Uniting Church enters into the
of literary, historical and scientific enquiry which has characterised
recent centuries, and gives thanks for the knowledge of God's ways with
humanity which are open to an informed faith. The Uniting Church lives
within a world-wide fellowship of Churches in which it will learn to
its understanding of the will and purpose of God by contact with
thought. Within that fellowship the Uniting Church also stands in
to contemporary societies in ways which will help it to understand its
own nature and mission. The Uniting Church thanks God for the
witness and service of evangelist, of scholar, of prophet and of
It prays that it may be ready when occasion demands to confess the Lord
in fresh words and deeds.
( Westminster Confession of Faith)
I. Of the holy Scripture.
Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence,
do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave
men inexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of
God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation; therefore it
the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself,
to declare that his will unto his Church; and afterwards for the better
preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure
and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the
malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto
which maketh the holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways
of God's revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.
Under the name of holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now
all the Books of the Old and New Testament, which are these: All which
are given by inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life.
The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration,
no part of the Canon of Scripture; and therefore are of no authority in
the Church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of,
other human writings.
The authority of the holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed
and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or Church, but
wholly upon God (who is truth itself), the Author thereof; and
it is to be received, because it is the Word of God.
We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the Church to an high
reverent esteem of the holy Scripture; and the heavenliness of the
the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of
all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is to give all glory to
the full discovery it makes of the only way of man's salvation, the
other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are
arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of
God; yet, notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the
truth and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy
Spirit, bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.
The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own
man's salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in
or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture:
which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of
the Spirit, or traditions of men. Nevertheless we acknowledge the
illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving
of such things as are revealed in the Word; and that there are some
concerning the worship of God, and the government of the Church, common
to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of
nature and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the
which are always to be observed.
All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike
unto all; yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed,
observed, for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some
of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in
a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient
The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the
of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which at the time of
writing of it was most generally known to the nations), being
inspired by God, and by his singular care and providence kept pure in
ages, are therefore authentical; so as in all controversies of religion
the Church is finally to appeal unto them. But because these original
are not known to all the people of God who have right unto, and
in, the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and
search them, therefore they are to be translated into the language of
people unto which they come, that the Word of God dwelling plentifully
in all, they may worship him in an acceptable manner, and, through
and comfort of the Scriptures, may have hope.
The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture, is the Scripture
and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense
any scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it may be searched and
known by other places that speak more clearly.
The Supreme Judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be
and all decress of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of
men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we
are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the