I’ve already shared this on twitter, but it warrants blogging. Chris Rosebrough captured this video and Sola Sisters blogged about it on June 1. Andy Stanley of Northpoint Community Church in Georgia was being interviewed and said, “The foundation of our faith is not the Scripture. The foundation of our faith is not the infallibility of the Bible. The foundation of our faith is something that happened in history. And the issue is always, who is Jesus? That’s always the issue. The Scripture is simply a collection of ancient documents that tells us that story.” Actually the Bible declares itself to be more than that, it says it is the inspired word of God and that men “spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)
You should watch the video for full context, but he went on to argue that he believes Adam and Eve were real people because Jesus talks about Adam and Eve as historical fact, NOT because the Bible says so. (video can be found here)
Sola Sisters did an excellent job of pointing out the first logical problem with this: The Bible is the book that tells us Jesus was God, took on flesh, lived sinlessly, died, was buried and was raised from the dead. It is also the book that says Jesus talked about Adam and Eve, so without the Bible how do we understand Jesus, who He is, why He died, etc?
My question is what happens when you extend this logic? If we accept the premise that only what Jesus actually spoke about is trustworthy, then it seems to me there would be a whole lot of Scripture that could get tossed out. Now perhaps Stanley isn’t throwing them away just yet, but others have (and continue to argue just that). Doesn’t that line of thinking lead to a modern kind of Jeffersonian cut and paste “Christianity”?
Some want to follow only the words of Jesus Christ, rather than the entire book that charts redemptive history and the need for it from start to finish?
God takes His words seriously. You need only look to Revelation 22:18-19 for a reminder of how serious He is: “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
This is a slippery slope folks. Very slippery.
- Adam, Eve and Andy (standupforthetruth.com)