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Biblical Authority as it was in the COB

Since we are actually going to be taking a look at Biblical Authority at this year’s Annual Conference, I want to offer some examples from some older books in my personal library.
These brief quotations show clearly show the COB’s  former stance on Biblical Authority.


From – “The New Testament Doctrines”  by J.H. Moore – Brethren Publishing House, 1915

Page 15 – Under the heading:   “The Bible, God’s Revelation”

. . . As each man wrote, he was guided by the Holy Ghost;  so that the Bible comes down to us with the Holy Spirit and God behind it.  We need not offer special evidence in support of its Divine Authenticity.  What it is accomplishing in the conversion of men and women, and in making the world better, to say nothing of its perfect adaptations to the needs of man, is ample proof of its claims as the Revealed Will of the Most High.  As has well been said:
“This Book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers.  It’s doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and it’s decisions are immutable.”




From – “Studies in Christian Belief” by William M. Beahm  - Brethren Press,  1958  
BTW:  Beahm was also the Dean of Bethany at the time.

Page 20 – Under the heading  “The Bible is the Word of God”
It is truest to the Bible’s own view of itself to regard it as the Word of God. . .

Page 21 – Under the Heading:  “The Bible is Unchanging”

{After listing many New Testament events, Beahm wrote:}
. . . these are not a set of mere ideas or maxims.  They are events which occurred and of which the Bible bears witness.

Page 23 – Beahm also mentioned Biblical authors as, “under the living influence of the Holy Spirit.”


Editor’s Note, so have we become a stronger, more vibrant church since we ditched the Authority of Scripture?  Or are we in a death spiral?