EXTRA-BIBLICAL TEACHING? BY STEVE FINNELL
The results of extra-Biblical sources, in the main, are an obfuscation of the truth. Sources other than the Bible normally have the effect of confusion,concealing the truth, fogging the doctrine of Christ, muddling the historical accounts found in Scripture. Extra-Biblical information is irrelevant to the truth of the New Covenant. The truth originated with the Father and was passed to mankind through Jesus, the prophets and the apostles.
ABSOLUTE TRUTH IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE.
CERTAIN BIBLICAL DOCTRINES THAT MEN CHALLENGE USING EXTRA-BIBLICAL SOURCES.
1. Men say God did not create the heavens and the earth in six twenty-four days. (Genesis 1:1-31 Genesis 2:1-3)
You would have to base your opinion on extra-Biblical sources to refute or obfuscate the Biblical account of a God created heaven and earth in six twenty-four hour days.
2. Men say God did not destroy the world by a great flood, excluding Noah and the inhabitants in the ark. (Genesis 7:1-24)
You can only discount the great flood by using extra-Biblical accounts. Extra-Biblical account are normally used to fog or muddle God's historical record. The Bible does not contradict itself.
3.Some men say that water baptism is not in order to the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.) (NASB)
Men say that Acts 2:38, in fact, means that men are baptized in water, because their sins have already been forgiven. To reach this conclusion, you not only have to use extra-Biblical sources, but you need a highly skilled professional of deception doing his best work.
There is no way that anyone could believe that Acts 2:38 does mean water baptism is essential for the forgiveness of sins by reading the Bible alone. If you trust the Bible and the Bible alone no other conclusion could be reached.
Do you put your trust in creed books?
Do you trust catechisms to be the ultimate truth?
Do catechism supersede the Scriptures? Of course not.
Do you believe secular accounts of God's word are trustworthy?
Do you believe dictionaries are more accurate than translations of the Bible?
Do you put your trust in the statements faith your church writes?
THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE.
EXTRA-BIBLICAL, IS BEYOND WHAT GOD HAS REVEALED TO MEN THROUGH JESUS, THE PROPHETS AND THE APOSTLES.