In The Authority of the Bible, John R. W. Stott explains why the Old and New Testaments still form the authoritative basis for Christian faith and practice.
“The overriding reason for accepting the divine inspiration and authority of Scripture is plain loyalty to Jesus.” (Page 6)
“Now the Christian is always in an ambivalent position vis-à-vis the mood of the world. We have to avoid the two extremes of an uncritical acquiescence and of an equally uncritical rejection. On the one hand, we should respond to the contemporary world with sensitivity—listening, striving to understand and where possible agreeing. On the other hand, we must continue to stand over against the world, evaluating secular society by our own objective Christian criteria, and where necessary disagreeing, protesting and rejecting. It is not the calling of the church to be a chorus girl or—to use a more biblical metaphor—a reed shaken with the wind.” (Page 3)
“It is from Jesus that we derive our understanding of God and ourselves, of good and evil, of duty and destiny, of time and eternity, of heaven and hell. Our understanding of everything is conditioned by what Jesus taught.” (Page 7)
“our view of Scripture depends on our loyalty to Christ, not on our ability to solve all the problems” (Page 29)
“True intellectual freedom is found not in independence of the truth, but in submission to the truth” (Page 30)