Can a Christian Be Guilty of Worshipping the Bible?

The late James M. Boice writes:

It is not at all uncommon in our seminaries today for a young man to be taught that if he stands firm on a high view of Scripture as the Church in previous ages has always done, he runs the danger of bibliolatry or Bible-worship. That is, he runs the danger of actually worshiping the Bible instead of the Lord Jesus Christ and of placing it on a pedestal which even Jesus Himself did not assign to it. This argument against the traditional view of the Christian Church on Scripture sounds valid to some persons and even seems pious, but it is misleading. And as used in the hands of some teachers it has greatly harmed the unwary. In opposition to this debilitating and erroneous approach, the careful student of the Bible must maintain that Christ so identified Himself with Scripture and so interpreted His ministry in the light of Scripture that it is impossible to weaken the authority of the one without at the same time weakening the authority of the other. And to accept Christ’s teachings is at the same time to accept His high view of God’s Word [James M. Boice, The Sermon on the Mount: An Exposition (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1972), 84].


One thought on “Can a Christian Be Guilty of Worshipping the Bible?

  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

    Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. -John 1:1-5

    Is this doubt in Gods authoritative Word a new thing? Where did it start and why?

    Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say..?”

    For the word of God IS living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12

    How many have been mocked, beaten, tortured, killed etc.. For defending and upholding the Word of God? Jesus our Christ and the Apostles included..! And how many more, even this very day/night? And how many more in the future? And what is their crime? … Answer: Defending the Word of God…

    Our Lord Jesus Christ says: And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. -Matthew 10:22 — If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. -John 15:19

    Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. -2 Corinthians 12:10

    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 Timothy 3:16-17

    Every Word of God is Pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” – Proverbs 30:5-6

    Be still, and know that I am God: I WILL be exalted among the heathen, I WILL be exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:10

    Is it a coincidence that out of all the scriptures, by far the very first few chapters of the HOLY bible are under attack the most!? I find it quite remarkable that there are those that will snatch at the message of Salvation through Christ, and yet totally dismiss the reason for the need for it. They have no problem in believing in the miracles Jesus performed and even the miraculous conception of His birth and His miraculous Resurrection. And yet throw out Gods account of creating the world as mere myth!.. It’s illogical to separate the two. Either the fall of mankind happened as stated in the Holy Bible and therefore Jesus Christ is the messiah. Or none of it is true!…

    For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. -Romans 5:19

    Genesis 3:1 … Satan asked of Eve “Did God really say…?”

    Good post, thank you!
    God bless you and yours
    In Christ, Angela

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