Scripture is all that we need to be “outfitted” for the Christian life. Scripture is all we need for “righteousness.” Scripture is all that the church needs to faithfully serve and honor Christ and advance the kingdom. We do not need the world’s theories or methods. We do not need to mix Scripture with Stoic philosophy or neo-Marxist ideologies to arrive at godliness. We do not need to consult the latest marketing strategies to grow the church. In fact, if we seek to do so, we will fundamentally deny Scripture’s sufficiency. “The world has been crucified to me, and I to the world,” Paul said (Gal. 6:14). What we need is for a new generation to champion Scripture as the lifeblood of the Christian life with the same Apostolic vigor that Paul had. We do not need the world’s ideas for the Christian life; nor do we accept them. We stake everything on Scripture.
In short, there is an urgent need for a revival of God-centered Christianity that clings to every single word breathed out by God. God has raised up many faithful men throughout the ages to remind His people of the centrality of Scripture. But just like the doctrine of justification by faith alone, Scripture’s inspiration and authority must be championed anew in every generation. We need an army of Christian disciples, pastors, theologians, evangelists, and churches that are willing to persevere in this fight of faith (Eph. 6:10–20; 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7).
What are the particular issues in which biblical authority and sufficiency is challenged? Let me outline the three most blatant. First is adding worldly philosophies to Christian doctrine. Many Christians believe that we must supplement the Bible’s instruction with secular psychology and worldly philosophy. Stoic philosophy, especially, is on the rise, with its exhortations to simply “try harder,” “be more disciplined,” “develop better habits,” and “develop grit.” Neo-Marxist ideas, including critical race theory, are being put forward as a new way to understand justice in the public square. Furthermore, many Christian counselors use worldly psychology more than Scripture rather than merely understanding the spiritual need and remedy to a person’s problems in primarily biblical terms. Over and against these ideas, we must emphatically reassert that all that is needed to successfully live the Christian life is found in the Word of God.