Authority – God’s Standard

Lesson #1 Standards of Authority


Authority is necessary in any civil society (civil law)

Same is true in religion – need a standard of authority or have chaos, as have now in many instances

The problem is that today in religion there is no recognized common standard of authority

People may say “The Bible is our authority” – but what do we mean by that? Many different ideas leading to many different faiths and practices!

Believe that many times people don’t understand how to establish authority for what to believe and do

Want to look in the Bible and see what God says about the subject

Many wrong standards of authority are used

What is right in our own eyes – Example of period of judges when sometimes God’s standard of ruling by Judges was disregarded (Judges 17:6) – and “Every man did that which was right in his own eyes”

Human tradition – Example of the traditions (hand washing, cup washing, etc.) of the Jewish elders becoming binding (Matt 15:1-9) – to break their traditions was considered by them to be a “transgression”

Blindly following human leaders -- Example of Pharisee leaders misleading the people (Matt 15:12-14) – “The blind leading the blind”

Using the old adage of silence is consent -- and God’s authority is sidetracked (Deut 4:2; Matt 7:21-23) – The idea that “He didn’t say not to” gives consent

Right standard of authority

The New Testament as a rule and guide for all we believe and practice (Matt 28:18-20; 2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:4; Jude 3)

The Old Testament as an example to us as to how God deals with sin and disobedience (Rom 15:4; 1 Cor 10:1-11)

We must respect the silence of the Scriptures – major problem with the religious world is a lack of respect for God’s silence -- silence does not give permission – but it’s easy to think so

We just cannot say, “Well, God didn’t say not to” – permission to act is not based on silence, but rather on what is stated (Matt 28:18-20)

Any of us can fall into that trap – Example of borrowing someone’s car without permission – You didn’t say not to” Example of my adding tiny cross-over platform at Brooksville plant, and Boss (former military man, an executive officer on nuclear submarine) saying “I didn’t authorize that” – How far would I have gotten if I had said “You didn’t say not to”? Instead I told him I thought that it was a very good thing to add the cross-over platform to the punch list, but admitted that I should have gotten permission first, and then he accepted that and there was no further problem.

Authority is inclusive – it includes all that God has authorized and nothing more

Matt 7:21-23

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Matt 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you [and nothing more – silence does not give consent]: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

2 John 9

9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

When God authorizes something to be done in a certain way, and “Speaks nothing concerning” doing it any other way, we are not at liberty to take it upon ourselves to do it any other way – Example of Jesus, of the tribe of Judah, becoming our high priest -- the silence of the scriptures necessitated that a change of law had to be made – and so the law had to be changed from the Law of Moses to the Law of Christ (so that Jesus could serve as our high priest)

Heb 7:12-14

12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

For example the Bible says that we are to use bread (unleavened) and the fruit of the vine on the Lord’s table as a remembrance of Jesus (1 Cor 11:23-26) – but some might reason that should use “lamb” on the Lord’s table as a remembrance, since Jesus is the Lamb of God John 1:29-36). The Bible does not specifically say to not use lamb, but God has simply stated what to use, and he “spake nothing concerning” the use of anything else.

If God had to enumerate in the Bible all that he doesn’t want us to do, then the Bible would fill the world (John 21:25) -- and men wouldn’t be spending their time studying to see what God wants -- but rather researching the Bible to try to find something that the Lord didn’t specifically prohibit. And men would say, “Look, I’ve found something the Lord didn’t say we couldn’t have!”

Respect for the silence of the Scriptures can be seen in the building of the ark – Noah was instructed by God to make the ark of gopher wood (Gen 6:14). God “spake nothing concerning” the use of cherry, cedar, etc., and so Noah was not at liberty to use these kinds of wood. God didn’t specifically say not to – he just stated what he wanted -- And so Noah dutifully built the ark just like God wanted:

Gen 6:22

22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

(see also Gen 7:5; Gen 7:9)

So God expresses his will in his word, not in his silence (Matt 28:18-20; 2 Tim 3:16-17)

Examples of respecting God’s silence:

God has authorized the preaching of the gospel of Christ (Mark 16:15-16) – He “spake nothing concerning” preaching another gospel (social, political, religious) -- and therefore by his silence has excluded such

God has authorized singing praise to him (Eph 5:19, Col 3:16) – He “Spake nothing concerning” the use of other types of music (such as instrumental music) to praise to him -- and therefore by his silence has excluded such

God has authorized baptism (immersion in water) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) – He “Spake nothing concerning” the use of sprinkling or pouring for baptism, or saying that baptism is an outward sign of an inward grace -- and therefore by his silence has excluded such

God has authorized the name Christian for the brethren, disciples of the Lord (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16) – He “Spake nothing concerning” wearing the name of some man or doctrine (such as being a Calvinist, Wesleyan, Lutheran, Mennonite, Baptist, Presbyterian) -- and therefore by his silence has excluded such

How do we determine Bible authority for what we do? – How do we determine what is right and lawful in God’s sight? What did Jesus do?

Need to be able to say as Jesus did multiplied times over “It is written” as he told the devil three recorded times (Matt 4:4,4:7,4:10, Luke 4:4, 4:8) and as he told the Jews thirteen recorded times (Matt 10:11, 21:13, 26:24, 26:31, Mark 7:6, 9:12, 9:13, 14:21, 14:27, Luke 7:27, 19:46, 24:46, John 6:45)

Need to appeal to “the scriptures” as Jesus did eight recorded times (Matt 21:42, 22:29, 26:56, Mark 12:24, Mark 14:49, Luke 24:27, Luke 24:45, John 5:39)

Need to reference to others where the scriptures need to be read, as Jesus said seven recorded times, “Have ye not read?” (Matt 12:3, 12:5, 19:4, 22:31, Mark 12:10, 12:26, Luke 6:3)

Or say as Jesus did, “How readest thou?” (Luke 10:26)

But what if we hear someone say, “Got to have a specific example in Bible for everything we do” -- then it is clear that they don’t understand how to establish Bible authority.

Suppose someone asks me for a drink of water – And earlier I happened to see someone else get three consecutive glasses of water from the fridge – Am I bound to follow their example and get a glass of water from the fridge?

No – The one asking for water didn’t specify where to get the water, or the container for the water, and I might have a bottle of spring water in the car that I could get him. The example of how someone else handled the situation didn’t restrict the original request for water – and we understand that’s the way language and communication works

Yet when it comes to religion some people think that examples always restrict and modify commands.

For instance Jesus said to go preach (Matt 28:19). – don’t find examples of early Christians using gasoline powered devices for travel -- they walked, rode horses, chariots, oxcarts, rode in boats – but didn’t use gasoline powered means of transportation (like cars)

But these examples don’t restrict the means by which we can go to the means the early disciples used.

Our Amish friends don’t own and drive cars to go preach or to go anywhere else (too modernistic and materialistic for them) – they feel they are more restricted to the kind of travel used in olden days, but that is strictly human opinion and human tradition, not Biblical teaching

Lesson #2 Precedent, Precept, Necessary Conclusion

The Bible teaches that we must have Bible authority for all that we believe and practice – God states what is right and lawful – must act within the bounds of that authority

2 Tim 3:16-17

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

In the Bible God expresses his will, what he wants, in the form of Precedent (approved example, used frequently in courts of law), Precept (direct statement or command), and Necessary Conclusion. We can see this in how the Apostles handled questions about authority (Acts 15).

As a result of the persecution in Jerusalem against Christians (Acts 8), a church had been established in the city of Antioch in Syria composed of lots of Gentiles (Grecians)

Acts 11:19-22

19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. 20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

Then later, some Jews came from Jerusalem to Antioch teaching these Gentiles that they had to be circumcised and keep the law to be saved. Paul and Barnabas strongly disagreed – so the matter was referred back to Jerusalem (from whence Judaizers came)

Acts 15:1-3

15 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.

The apostles and elders at Jerusalem met to discuss the matter

Acts 15:4-6

4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. 6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

Notice how the matter was handled by the apostles.

They could have said, and had every right to just say, “Well, we are the apostles of God and this is the way it is.” But the problem was that some had already shown a disregard for the apostles – namely with Paul at Antioch (Acts 15:1-2)

So Peter and the rest of the Apostles instead used information available to all in the meeting and accepted by all – they used Precedent (approved example) and Precept (statement or direct command) to make their point, and then drew a Necessary conclusion from this information to arrive at God’s will

None of them there at that time (AD 50) could deny what Peter gave to them

Acts 15:7

7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

He gave them an example how that that “a good while ago” (in AD 41) the Gentiles (the house of Cornelius) were taught the gospel (not the law)

And how they (Gentiles) had believed the gospel (not the law) and were saved

And so Peter establishes Precedent as to how the Gentiles originally were saved through the gospel (not the law)

And next Peter showed them that God put his stamp of approval on this precedent (example) showing that back then God saved them (the Gentiles) by faith (not by the law) – by giving them (the house of Cornelius) the Holy Ghost (same as he did to the Jews)

It should be noted that this precedent had God’s stamp of approval on it – it was not just an incidental non-binding example, but a Precedent, an Approved example -- to be taken note of, followed as law, and imitated by the disciples

We can see in the New Testament literally hundreds of examples, non-binding on us, that fall into the category of historical information, incidentals, expedients, etc.

Example of Jesus being raised in Nazareth (Matt 2:20-23)

Example of John wearing clothing of camel’s hair, a leather girdle, and eating locusts and wild honey (Matt 3:1-4)

Example of Jesus fasting forty days & forty nights in the wilderness (Matt 4:1-2)

And on and on we could go

And then Peter asks the Judaizers – “Now therefore” with this Approved Precedent in place -- why are you trying to teach Gentiles the law? – God didn’t have the law taught to them back then!!! All will be saved by grace.

Acts 15:10-11

10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

So, to summarize, Peter was saying, We have Precedent (example) of what happened back then, “a good while ago” (9 years before) – that God saved Gentiles by faith, not the law -- and he showed that he approved of it by giving them the Holy Ghost. So then Peter says, “Now therefore” – why are you trying to change things now!!

And then further Examples were given by Paul and Barnabas to reinforce what Peter was saying – that God approved of Gentiles being accepted based on faith, not the law.

Acts 15:12

12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

And so by Precedent (approved example) the point was made clear

And the same is true today for us – we need to honor established apostolic approved Biblical precedent (examples), or we will be found tempting God. Take for instance the day of partaking of the Lord’s Supper -- The Lord said there would be a day for this in the kingdom of God

Matt 26:29

29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

Mark 9:1

1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

And we have precedent (an approved example) revealing that day of partaking

Acts 20:6-7

6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. 7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

The disciples at Troas came together on the first day of the week for the express purpose of breaking bread (the Lord’s supper (Acts 2:42). Paul hasted to get to Jerusalem for Pentecost (Acts 2:15-16), yet he tarried seven days at Troas, where the disciples would be breaking bread on the first day of the week, so that he could partake with them and preach to them. So we have an approved precedent for the time to partake.

Next, in the gathering together at Jerusalem (Acts 15), Peter’s point (about what God did at the first) is reinforced by James, the less (son of Alpheus). James refers to Precept (authoritative statement) in the scriptures, stated centuries before, concerning what God would do for the Gentiles

Acts 15:13-18

13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: 14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 15 And to this agree the words of the prophets [Amos 9:11-12]; as it is written, 16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. 18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

James quoted from Amos 9:11-12, to show that it was God’s will all along to save the Gentiles as well as the Jews, through the house of David being raised up again (not through the law). This was fulfilled in Christ, the son of David – Christ died for us, and is the savior of all men, especially of them that believe (1 Tim 4:10). So, all men (Gentiles included) are saved by faith in Jesus, not by the law.

So, we also need to refer back to and act on God’s Precepts (statements of authority) contained in the scriptures, whether they are statements of fact, or direct commands. As an example of this – look at baptism.

We can see in God’s Precept (authoritative statement) in Mark 16:16, that baptism is necessary for salvation -- even though the passage is not framed as a command

Mark 16:16

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

And then God says the same thing in Acts 2:38, but in this case the statement is framed as a command.

Acts 2:38

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

So, God’s Precepts (statements of authority, commands) – give us God’s will -- to believe and practice.

Another thing that we should notice is that examples always follow the execution of a statement of authority/command – even though the command may not be recorded

The statement of authority or command comes first -- Look at James’ reference to God’s statement in Amos 9:11-12.

The statement concerning God’s plan for the Gentiles was stated first -- before we had the example in Acts 10 of the carrying out the plan.

So the apostles were armed with a powerful Precedent from the past and an authoritative statement from the scriptures as to how God wanted the Gentiles dealt with.

The conclusion was necessary and inescapable – teach the gospel, not the law, to the Gentiles. And James states that Necessary conclusion.

Acts 15:19-27

19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

And it was accepted by the most of the brethren (Acts 15:22-27)

And so through Precedent (approved example), Precept (statement of authority), and necessary conclusion – God’s will was determined. We need to follow that pattern.

Eph 5:17

17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Lesson #3 Types of Authority

Meaning of the term “Authority” -- “It is right; it is lawful”

There are two types of authority:

Legislative – the power, right of the one in authority to make laws – man does not have the right to make religious laws -- Jesus has that authority (to command, to rule, as King of kings and Lord of lords) – Jesus states what is right and lawful

Matt 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

1 Cor 14:37

37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

Submissive – man has the authority, the right to act based on the established laws -- to submit to the will of the lawmaker Jesus – man is to submit to what Jesus says is right and lawful

Matt 21:23

23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?

Jesus didn’t deny he had the authority, the right, to submit, to do what he was doing – got that authority from God – Jesus came to do his Father’s will

1 Cor 9:4-6

4 Have we not power [the right, NKJV] to eat and to drink? 5 Have we not power [the right, NKJV] to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power [the right, NKJV] to forbear working?

The authority to submit, to act – is expressed in “the law of Christ” (rules of conduct expressed and enforced by the lawgiver, Jesus). We will be judged by the law of Christ.

Gal 6:1-2

6 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

1 Cor 9:21 (all things to all men)

21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

James 2:12

12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

This authority to act – is set forth, conveyed, in words understandable to apostles – not left to our “I feel” or “I think”

John 16:12-13 (spoken to apostles by Jesus)

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

1 Peter 1:10-12

10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Eph 3:1-5

3 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

Want to know what Jesus has authorized us to do? Look to his word:

2 Tim 3:16-17

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

John 12:47-49

47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

Don’t have the right to go beyond what the Lord has authorized

Matt 7:21-23

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [lawlessness, NKJV].

No right to do our own will – but the will of the Father

Many religious groups by-in-large follow the concept -- that it is okay to proceed in religion according to our own will – what humans think is right and good in worship, organization, work, and service to God

Those in Matt 7:23 worked many wonderful things – all to the apparent honor of God – yet the Lord said they were workers of lawlessness and to depart from him

A tragedy – sincere people (not robbers and murderers and fornicators) – what was wrong? Followed lawlessness – “the state or condition of one without law, either because ignorant of it or because violating it” (Thayer) – They proceeded according to man’s will, what they thought was right -- we did these “wonderful works”

They acted without law, without authority, and there are many in that state – The Lord said, “Many will say unto me in that day” – Acting without authority is one of the major failings of the religious world today.

Actually it is a matter of pride – Man says, “I’ve decided what is right, what to do – and I will do what I want to do, when I want to do it – and I will not be restrained by law.”

Example of instrumental music – Secular instrumental music within and of itself is fine (like the Blackhawks High School marching band recently winning the state championship and like having town band concerts) – But most religious friends and neighbors use instrumental music in worship to God

Why don’t I use instrumental music in worship? Not contained in the will, the law of the Father – Not authorized by the Father – He has authorized vocal music (Eph 5:19, Col 3:16)

Many will say, “It’s so beautiful and lovely” – But human opinion and human will is not the criteria – we are to observe what Jesus commands, not what man wants (might want the school concert band to play for us in worship services – but it wouldn’t be authorized)

Matt 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Must have a “Thus saith the Lord” for what we believe and practice

Col 3:17

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Example of church recreational facilities – Secularly established and maintained, morally wholesome recreational facilities within and of themselves are fine -- like gyms, exercise rooms, playgrounds, ball fields, cafeterias, etc. – But most religious friends and neighbors are in churches today (not when I was a kid) where the church provides recreational facilities (like gyms, exercise rooms, playgrounds, ball fields, cafeterias, etc.) -- and they sometimes turn the church into a poor man’s country club

Why do I oppose churches providing recreational facilities? Not contained in the will, the law of the Father – not authorized by the Father – The Father has authorized the church to be the pillar and ground of the truth (teach, uphold, support the truth about Jesus and the gospel), not to be a playground for fun and games (1 Tim 3:15)

Many will say, “But it’s so wholesome and invigorating” – But human opinion and human will is not the criteria – we are to observe what Jesus commands, not what man wants – the church is a spiritual, not a material, institution

Matt 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Must have a “Thus saith the Lord”for what we believe and practice

Col 3:17

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

So we must have Bible authority for all we believe and practice – God states what is right and lawful – And we must act within the bounds of that authority

2 Tim 3:16-17

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Peter 1:3

3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: