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God’s Word above all things?

Article 6 of the 39 Articles of Religion on the “The sufficiency of Holy Scripture for our salvation” says,

Holy Scripture sets forth everything that is necessary for our salvation. Consequently, nobody should be required to believe as an article of the Christian faith, or to regard as necessary for salvation, anything that is not found in Scripture or that cannot be proved from Scripture…

Therefore, Scripture is to be our highest authority, not tradition, experience or reason. 

We, in the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa, are not necessarily against tradition, experience or reason;  they are simply not our highest authority.

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Should Christians study the Old Testament?

Many people think that the Old Testament is for Jewish people and the New Testament (which is all about Jesus) is for Christian people.

There are at least four reasons why the Old Testament is important for Christian people:

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The most misquoted verse in the Bible: judge not!

Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1) is probably the most misquoted verse in the Bible.  This verse is being quoted many times by those who are for same-sex partnerships.  The typical comment on Facebook is: “Who are you to judge?  After all didn’t Jesus say, Judge not lest ye be judged.”  The assumption is that Jesus says we should never condemn another’s lifestyle as we are in no position to judge or evaluate.

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The Old Testament and Snow White (Why we need the New Testament)

Snow whiteTo cheer you up (he said tongue-in-cheek), I thought I would tell you the original ending of the Snow White fairy tale.  As you know, the new Queen, who is the wicked stepmother, is jealous of snow white’s beauty and orders a huntsman to take Snow White into the deepest woods to be killed. As proof that Snow White is dead, the Queen demands that he return with her lungs and liver. The huntsman takes Snow White into the forest. After raising his knife, he finds himself unable to kill her and leaves her behind alive, convinced that the girl would be eaten by some wild animal. He instead brings the Queen the lungs and liver of a young boar, which is prepared by the cook and eaten by the Queen.  Snow White survives, is taken care of by dwarfs and ends up engaged to a prince.  The newly engaged couple invite every queen and king to come to the wedding party, including Snow White’s stepmother.  At the wedding, to her horror, the stepmother is forced to put on red-hot iron-shoes and dance until she drops to the floor, dead. That’s not quite the ending that Walt Disney gave us.*

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How did we get the Bible?

bibleWilliam Tyndale grew up in England in the 1500’s. Back then ordinary people did not own Bibles; they had to go to church to hear what the Bible had to say.   The church, at the time, believed that only the Pope and priests were educated enough to understand and interpret the Bible.   But there was a problem, the only version of the Bible tolerated in England was Jerome’s Latin translation which dated back to the 4th century and most of the priests could not understand Latin.

William Tyndale felt that God was calling him to translate the Bible into English so that all people, ordinary people, could read it for themselves.  God had given William a gift for languages and graduating from Oxford University he had mastered seven languages including Hebrew and Greek, the original languages of the Bible.  However, translating the Bible was against the law.