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Biblical Authority Series

12 Items

Authority 12 (False Standards)

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  FALSE STANDARDS Mike Johnson  Why is there so much division and confusion today in the religious world — so many different doctrines and so many religious groups?   One reason is that so many have never been taught, or at least have never learned, the importance of Bible authority.  Some may acknowledge that we are […]

Authority 11 (Generic and Specific Authority)

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GENERIC AND SPECIFIC AUTHORITY  Mike Johnson There are many who have failed to understand the concept of generic and specific authority. They may understand that we are governed by direct command or statement, approved example, and necessary inference.  However, if they do not understand the concept of generic and specific authority, along with the concept […]

Authority 10 (Necessary Inference)

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NECESSARY INFERENCE  Mike Johnson We are governed today by three forms of Bible authority.  These are direct command or statement, approved example, and necessary inference or conclusion.  Most are willing to accept direct commands or statements as forms of Bible authority.  Some may question the concept of approved example, but there is a growing number […]

Authority 09 – (Approved Example)

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APPROVED EXAMPLE Mike Johnson  What should be our attitude toward the concept of “example” as an acceptable form of Bible authority?  There are three possible attitudes one might have.   First, one might say that all examples are binding.  This attitude is unlikely, however, and, as we will see later, this would actually be a ridicules […]

Authority 08 (Direct Statement)

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DIRECT STATEMENT Mike Johnson  The Bible teaches that we are governed by direct commands (along with approved example and necessary inference), but, in addition, there are other kinds of statements which do not actually occur in the command form, but they still serve as our guide. These statements actually have the same force of authority […]

Authority 07 (Direct Command)

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DIRECT COMMAND Mike Johnson  How is Bible authority established? It seems clear from the Scriptures that God intends for us to derive our authority for our actions and beliefs in four ways. These are direct command, direct statement, approved apostolic example, and necessary inference. (Sometimes direct command and direct statement are combined.) The forms of […]

Authority 06 (The Silence of the Scriptures)

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THE SILENCE OF THE SCRIPTURES Mike Johnson  What should be our attitude regarding the silence of the Scriptures?  What should be done regarding those situations about which the Lord says nothing?  These questions pertaining to the silence of the Scriptures are very important.  Disagreement on how to regard the silence of the Scriptures has caused much […]

Authority 05 (Adherence to the New Testament)

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ADHERENCE TO THE NEW TESTAMENT Mike Johnson  It is clear in the Old Testament that God’s Word was intended to be adhered to and not deviated from it in any way (Deut. 4:1-4, 5:32-33; Josh 1:7; Num. 22:18, 24:13; Pb. 4:26-27, 30:5-6; Lev. 18:4-5).  Consider now the same concept from the New Testament. Jude (v. […]

Authority 04 (Authority & the Old Testament)

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AUTHORITY AND THE OLD TESTAMENT Mike Johnson  One of the most vital questions involved in the study of Christianity is the question of supreme authority.   During the life of Christ, this question was discussed as the chief priests and elders asked, “By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?” (Mt. 21:23)  […]

Authority 03 (The Authority of the Bible)

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THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE Mike Johnson  The authority of God, Christ, and the apostles is very clearly taught in the Scriptures  (Ps. 50:10-12; Heb. 1:1-2; Mt. 16:19, 17:5, 18:18; II Cor. 5:20; Phil. 4:9).   Also, the Holy Spirit played a role as he guided the apostles “unto all truth.”  Consider now the authority of God’s […]

Authority 02 (The Authority of God, Christ, & the Apostles)

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THE AUTHORITY OF GOD, CHRIST, & THE APOSTLES Mike Johnson  Everyone is subject to authority today.  Many are employees and are thus subject to the authority of their employers.  All of us, whether we want to be or not, are under the authority of our government.  There is authority that by choice we put ourselves under, […]

Authority 01 (Introduction)

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WHY IS DIVINE AUTHORITY NEEDED? Mike Johnson  “By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?”  These questions were asked of Jesus in the Jerusalem temple by certain chief priests and elders of the Jews (Mt. 21:23).  Although not sincerely motivated, these questions bring out two principles.  First, there is a need […]