“The church is under the Word, not the world” (Charles Hodge, Gospel Advocate, January 2004).
The discussion I was having was about the role of women in the church, though the specific subject hardly matters. I offered some scriptures on the subject (1 Corinthians 14:34,35; 1 Timothy 2:11,12). My friend explained patiently (because I am apparently not “too shiny” about these things) that “Paul was a First Century Jew limited by the world view of that ancient day and age.”
In a word, he meant that Paul didn’t know any better, and that we have come a long way in twenty centuries. Now this would be a great point if you accept that human thinking and wisdom has advanced through the years in a sort of intellectual version of evolutionary human reasoning. But another thought hit me as I listened.
Of course! In order to avoid such teachings as the necessity of baptism, a cappella worship in song, the church’s Bible-based organization, and so on, you would have to dismiss the inspiration and authority of scripture!
What the scriptures teach on these and other subjects is clear, so the best way to avoid being subject to their truths is to attack the very nature of the Bible as God’s word!
Does it matter?
Beloved reader, it changes everything!
If the Bible is nothing more than a man’s word (Paul, Peter, Luke or Isaiah), then their wisdom is as good as mine or yours. If the Bible is God’s inspired word, then, take note of this: No matter how much man “advances,” no matter how much time goes by, nothing will exceed the authority and truth of God’s word. Nothing.
“All scripture is God breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
The first step to apostasy is a lowered view of scripture.

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