|Selvaraj with some prominent Filipino Christian leaders in the 24th National Prayer Gathering, April 12, 2013, at the Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City. From the "Intercessors for the Philippines" Facebook page. Image credit|
How come even sincere Christian leaders fall for false prophets just like what happened recently when they trumpeted the supposed predictions of the self-styled Prophet Sadhu Sendar Selvaraj? I believe that one of the root causes why is because they thought that God still speaks apart from His Word. They apparently doubt that the Bible is sufficient for faith and life.
|NOTE: I personally believe that not all leaders who were there in the National Prayer Gathering support Selvaraj. One of them sent me a private message thru Facebook: "I do not agree with Selvaraj and asked Bishop Dan Balais [of Intercessors for the Philippines"] privately later that they should evaluate." Image credit|
However, according to Psalm 19, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul” (v. 7a, ESV). The word “perfect” means that the “[Scripture] lacks nothing [for] its completeness; nothing in order that it might be what it should be. It is complete as a revelation of Divine truth; it is complete as a rule of conduct. It is absolutely true… it is an unerring guide of conduct. There is nothing there which would lead men into error or sin; there is nothing essential for man to know which may not be found there.” (Albert Barnes, “Notes on Old Testament: Psalms.”) In short, the Bible is sufficient for what we believe and what we do as followers of the Lord.
Also, according to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Note the words “complete” and “every.” “Complete” means “all that is necessary.” “Every” means “all without exception.” Through the Word, we could “be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (NIV)
So, what else do we need apart from the Bible as far as faith and life is concerned? Instead of chasing after so-called “fresh revelations” or modern-day prophecies, we are to crave for the sufficient Word. As one translation goes, “The scriptures are the comprehensive equipment of the man of God and fit him fully for all branches of his work.” (Phillips) Everything we need to know and to do is in the Bible already.
Brothers and sisters, the Bible is the sufficient Word.