So, after all the sound and fury, where are we left?
After all the attempts to personalize the issues rather than honestly deal with the issues, it comes down to this:
We need a vibrant relationship with the Living Word, while submitting to the discipline and authority of His written Word.
We need to individually and collectively hear what the Holy Spirit is saying today, but always subject to the plenary authority of what He’s already said in scripture.
We need to reject all vain philosophies that want to fracture the logos of Jesus as the Word made flesh from the logos of His written Word of scripture.
Rejecting the Extremes
Existentialists want their relationship with the Lord (and even the Lord Himself) to conform to their own subjective perceptions and postmodern sensibilities rather than the external authority of scripture.
To do so, they deny that scripture is the written Word of God, and claim that the Holy Spirit can give them contrary personal revelation.
They are just as wrong, however, and just as deadly to healthy lives and healthy churches, as legalists who want scripture with no real relationship.
All of Christ
Unfortunately, when it comes to the status and authority of scripture, the extremists on both sides – the legalists and the existentialists – have dominated the debate for too long.
No one wants to go back to the dead legalism of the past.
But let’s not fall prey to hollow existential ideologies, which have robbed God’s people of spiritual health, healthy churches and authentic spiritual power by internalizing the prevailing postmodern sensibilities of our age.
Rather, let’s embrace all of Christ – our Sovereign Creator, Supreme King, Merciful Savor and Final Judge, who defines and reveals by His person and His written Word what is ultimately true, real and right.
Let this be the foundation for our lives and our churches.
As for me and our fellowships, here we stand. We can do no other.
~ Jim Wright