Psalm 19:7-14 on the Perfection of the Bible as Word of God and from God needing no additions.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul…”
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.”
The Bible is Sufficient for the Word of and From God #1.
It gives us some confidence to hear and read men and women among southern Baptist of real dedication to sound doctrine like Josh Buice and Michelle Lesley, the first a Baptist pastor and the second an active church member, especially as they remind us of the “itching ear” teachings of those like Moore, Myer, and Osteen that go beyond the Sufficiency of Scripture to “turn away from truth” (sound doctrine) as God forecast in II Timothy 4:4,5; however we must see the real problem is that we in 2018 are head over heels into the grassroots movement in the world and among the people of God in a dominant movement to eclipse other movements of the apostasy called the falling away, and the real contribution that these helpers in the word of sound analysis and doctrine do for us is the emphasis on false prophets and false teachers as one of the most evident proofs that we are NOW in the falling away.
Are we blaming the Christians in the churches for “heaping up” false teachers like Moore, Myer, and Osteen, rather than those three popular authors and teachers themselves? Yes, because that is what the forecast of God and His Word predict for these days of today (II Timothy 4:3,4)–
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
Moore was promoted as a Sunday school teacher in FBC of Houston, Osteen for 17 years worked with the outstanding message of his father a Baptist preacher; and Myer was selected as an associate pastor of a Lutheran church in St. Louis; and THA IS ABOUT AS GRASSROOTS AS YOU CAN GET IN CHURCHES OF GOD’S PEOPLE.
“Itching ears” teachings and teachers are about as subtle as they come with some sound doctrine beginnings, sort of like the out of context Bible Satan quoted to Jesus and then made the wrong application or took it beyond the pale of the SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE.
Why such sensationalism of itching ears teaching? It is popular, makes for success, and it is profitable!
It is both a fundamental of Baptist Distinctives and sound Christian doctrine that the Bible is the Word of God: divine in origin, absolute in authority, and sufficient in message. It is in all our confessions of faith; it is in Herschel Hobbs famous book ‘Fundamentals of the Faith”; and it is our study course books like “These Things we Believe” by J. Clyde Turner. And it is safe to say that even though the process of licensing to preach and ordination require an examination of sound Bible doctrine, in each of the 3 itching ears examples mentioned above, the grassroots southern Baptist people in churches not only did not test the spirits and sound doctrine of these teachers and preachers, but also did not detect a spirit that was even worse. Joel’s mother, the owner of the church at the death of the father Baptist Preacher Osteen, appointed Joel; a Lutheran church in St. Louis selected Myer as an associate pastor; and the grassroots in the FBC of Houston so promoted Beth to the extent that her Sunday school class grew to over 2,000 people.
“Perhaps the strongest verses on the issue of the sufficiency of the Bible come from the book of Psalms. In Psalm 19:7–14, David rejoices in God’s Word, declaring it to be perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, enlightening, sure and altogether righteous.” So writes the online blog of Got Question Ministry, and what they write of sound doctrine on the Sufficiency of Scripture is a good starting point for this series.