We Cannot Pick and Choose

I found an interesting parallel in Scripture Alone by James White and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Here’s the first quote from White,

“…the corollary of sola scriptura is that all a person must believe to be a follower of Christ is found Scripture and in no other source. If it has been given to us in Scripture by the Holy Spirit then it is binding upon the believer’s heart and conscience. We cannot pick and choose what we will and will not believe: If it is the infallible rule of faith, it must be believed.

and then Lewis,

“Most of us are not really approaching the subject in order to find out what Christianity says: we are approaching it in the hope of finding support for Christianity for the views of our own party. We are looking for an ally where we are offered either a Master or—a Judge.

Both these quotes, while taken from chapters that aren’t remotely similar, seem to be hitting on something that is huge for us when coming to the Scriptures as Christians, or when thinking about Christianity for unbelievers.

We both have to approach them with God as the foundation, not ourselves. We have to leave our human traditions and prejudices behind.

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