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PROJECT TOPIC: AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES AND CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIANITY (A CASE STUDY OF THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD REGION)

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1.2       BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY

According to Grudem[1], the major teachings of the Bible about itself can be classified into four characteristics (1) Authority of the scripture (2) Clarity of scripture (3) Necessity of Scripture (4) Sufficiency of the scripture.

What then does the term “Authority of scripture” mean?  It means that all the words in Scripture are God’s words in such a way that to disbelieve or disobey any word of scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God (Grudem, 2007)[2]. Bolarinwa (2008)[3] asserts that the inspiration, unity and infallibility of scripture imply that it possesses absolute authority and since the scripture is the very word of God, or God speaking, the necessary conclusion is that it carries the authority of God, therefore equating the authority of scripture to the authority of God. Scripture has authority, as both Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants will agree, because it is the Word of God. But Scripture is not the Word of God merely because the Church says it is. Scripture’s authority is derived from its intrinsic nature as a communication from God to man—it has an authority independent of the Church[4]. In this venture, I seek to examine the nature of that authority and the claim that Scripture is inspired by God and thereby trustworthy.

[1] Wayne Grudem Systematic Theology ()

[2] Wayne Grudem Systematic Theology ()

[3] J.A Bolarinwa The Redeemed Christian Church of God: Beliefs and Practices –Historical and Apologetic Analysis, (Lagos Somerest    

   Printers,2009) p. 42

[4] William Webster Authority of the Scriptures retrieved circa March 2012 http://www.christiantruth.com/



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