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“In innumerable cases, we still have to figure out how to apply biblical principles to contemporary circumstances that Scripture does not explicitly address.”

Ben Wright writes (that was fun to write!) an excellent review of Reclaiming the Sufficiency of Scripture by Rob Rienow.

Some gems:

“It seems that Reinow has expanded the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture to say a bit more than it has meant in church history since the Reformation, and more than Scripture claims for itself. His argument implies that the things Scripture doesn’t specifically address do not matter, which has dangerous implications. A better understanding of the sufficiency of Scripture would need to embrace the uniqueness of Scripture as authoritative divine revelation without insisting that it contains every piece of information we need for spiritual maturity.”
“Scripture doesn’t speak explicitly to embryo adoption, gender reassignment surgery, and polka or anarcho-punk style worship. But surely it defines principles that are sufficient to shape and even direct our response. The biblical principles supply all the inspired revelation we need, even though they do not spell out all the data we need to reach wise conclusions.”

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