Kevin DeYoung has just delivered what may be the touchstone message of the 2014 Together for the Gospel conference. As usual, he was both witty and insightful. But that’s not why the message was so powerful. The message was weighty because he spoke from God’s word about God’s word. In doing so, he clearly and plainly addressed the touchstone issue of our time–the authority of scripture.
In recent days, there has been a lot of division among “evangelicals” over the issue of homosexuality. But those with eyes to see and ears to hear know that homosexuality is not really the fundamental issue. The issue that “evangelicals” are facing is whether or not we will look to scripture as the supreme and infallible authority.
On the one hand, there are those who insist that the Bible is God’s word. When the Bible speaks, it is God speaking (that was the point of DeYoung’s message). On the other hand, there are those who are asking the ancient question: “Hath God really said?” Homosexuality is the debate of our time pressing that question anew, but it really is the same old question. Is God’s word reliable and true? Those who think that it is are on one path. Those who think it is not are on an entirely different path–one that does not end in eternal life.
DeYoung proves powerfully in his message that Jesus treated the Bible as the very word of God. When scripture speaks, God speaks. Thus Jesus’ view of scripture ought to be our view of scripture.
The message will eventually appear online, and you will be able to listen to it then. In the meantime, let me recommend two resources. First is DeYoung’s new book Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me. Second is John Wenham’s classic work Christ and the Bible. Both books argue that Christ’s view of the Bible ought to be ours. To this end, DeYoung writes,
If you are a Christian, by definition you ought to believe what Jesus teaches. He is the Son of God. He is our Savior and Lord. We must follow his example, obey his commands, and embrace whatever understanding of Scripture he taught and assumed. Surely this means we are wise to believe about the Scriptures whatever Jesus believed about the Scriptures (p. 95).
We’ve heard some outstanding messages here at T4G, and there are still many more to come. But this one was particularly weighty, and I commend it to you.