Reflections on Authority

Recently posted here.

Article 1: We affirm that the sole authority for the Church is the Bible, verbally inspired, inerrant, infallible, and totally sufficient and trustworthy. We deny that the Bible is a mere witness to the divine revelation, or that any portion of Scripture is marked by error or the effects of human sinfulness.

It is important to understand what is meant by authority.  Who has authority over you?  Or better yet, will you allow anyone to have authority over you?  Doesn’t it make sense to have a firm grasp of what authority means?

authority, n. [L. auctoritas]: Legal power; or a right to command or to act.  Power; rule; sway.

To affirm that someone has authority over the Church, which reduces down to all believers united together with the blood of Jesus, we are surrendering ourselves to that authority.  We are surrendering authority over ourselves to authority to the Bible and declaring that it, being without error and verbally inspired, will help us in our every hour of need.  Will help us live lives glorifying to God.  Will provide life giving, producing, sanctifying words in our battle of the will.