Friday, May 4, 2012

Scripture and the Church's Two-Fold Need

"... because the church on earth consists of imperfectly sanctified sinners, there are always two defects in the lives of its members, both corporately and individually. These are ignorance and error, which cause omissions and mistakes in belief and behavior. The Church, therefore, has two constant needs; instruction in the truths by which it must live, and correction of the shortcomings by which its life is marred. Scripture is designed to meet this two-fold need... It is the church's responsibility to use Scripture for its intended purpose. That it does by complementary activities of exposition followed by reformation."
~ J. I. Packer
Fundamentalism and the Word of God, p.69