THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT

The church of Christ has no creed, confession (or articles) of faith, nor constitution. We believe that the Bible alone is sufficient to guide men in religious matters. II Peter 1:3 tells us that God has provided all things that are necessary to life and Godliness through the knowledge of Him that has called us by His glory and virtue. The Him referred to is Jesus Christ. The question of course is where has God given us all things that are necessary to life and Godliness.

The answer is to be found within the Bible itself. Romans 10:17 tells us that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. John writes in his gospel account that there were many other things that Jesus did that were not written in this book, “but these are written that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life in His name” (John 20:30-31). Jesus further tells us that it his words which will judge us in the final day (John 12:48-50).

Then Paul tells us the importance of scripture if we are to lead spiritual lives in Christ. “All scripture 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 perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” — 2 Tim 3:16-17

Since scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness and is further able to make man perfect (complete), thoroughly furnishing him for every good work, then there is simply no need for anything else to guide us in these matters. God, by inspiring holy men to write down His will for us, has given us everything we need to guide us. Any thing more is going beyond God’s word and is unscriptural (II John 9).