Is the Bible Enough
? In his article
, Pastor Geoffrey Thomas, of Aberystwyth, Wales, does a good job of comparing the position of faith in God’s Word to that of those who believe they have “found the plus that helps the inadequate Bible.” His main idea comes from Jesus’ account of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31
. After pleading for relief from his suffering, the rich man asks for Abraham to send Lazarus back from the dead to warn his brothers. But Abraham tells the rich man that the Scriptures his brothers already have are sufficient to warn them. The rich man disagrees with Abraham. But Abraham refuses to budge.
What do you think? Are the words of Scripture sufficient to win the lost to faith and repentance or are other things necessary to win them over first?
That is what many people say still. “You can’t expect the world to be attracted by the Bible, by preaching Scriptures, by texts outside chapels, and verses on billboards, and tracts with Scriptures on them, and memorizing the Bible, and lessons from the Bible to children in Sunday School, and camps where young people are taught the Bible, and conferences where the Bible is proclaimed. You can’t expect people to be attracted by that! We need concerts! We need drama! We need constumes! We need bands! We need choreography! Bring in the drums and the synthesizers. We need superstars and celebreties to give us their testimonies—not just the Bible alone!” But, you see, Abraham was unyielding. “The Bible is sufficient,” he said.
The apostle Paul agrees with Abraham. In his letter to the Romans, Paul makes a concise statement about these things: “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17 NKJV). Do we really help the Scriptures by adding so many other things to it? Or are we actually detracting from its power by using these other means? I think that Christianity as a whole has turned away from the power of God’s Word. Many are trusting methods to reach people instead of the Bible. I encourage you to return his trust to the sufficiency of the Scriptures for it still is “able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” and “is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:15-17 NKJV).
Many Christians think they have to use means to reach people. This is wrong. If someone told me that an evolutionist could not be reached by the Bible alone, I would strongly disagree. The Bible is able to do whatever God intends it to do (Isa. 55:11; Heb. 4:12). But what about using a Creationist article to convince an evolutionist of his error? Would that be okay? In my opinion, an article can be helpful—just as any evangelistic conversation involves more than just Bible verses. However, it would be wrong to think that the article would convince him of his need apart from the Scriptures.
What a person relies on for evangelism often reveals his opinion of the Bible.