Is The Bible Sufficient?

Does the Bible contain errors? Plenty of people insist it does, and thus don't pay much attention to it. I as well as others believe the Bible is without error—and worthy of study and application.

But if you believe the Bible is inerrant, there's another potentially undermining question. Is the Bible sufficient?  Here's what Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan said:

"The word of God is more than enough to accomplish the work of God in the people of God."

Do we really believe that? Is God's word enough for us? Some people, even those who believe the Bible is without error, act as if we can't answer life's big questions without adding to Scripture.

That's shown by the urge to supplement Biblical truth with science, psychology or sociology. It's why some Christians rely on Dr. Phil, or Oprah, or on TV preachers who tell great stories but rarely quote Scripture. This crowd might say the Bible is truthful, but incomplete; that it was written so long ago that many of today's tough issues just aren't addressed in its pages.

But the Bible is not part of the truth. It's the whole truth on life's important issues. The Bible is sufficient for all the big questions of life—Why are we here? Where is the world headed? How do I have peace with God? How do I raise my kids? What is true success?

In everything it addresses, and it addresses a lot, the Bible is a sufficient source for understanding and practice; for life and godliness, as 2nd Peter 1:3 says. Let me give you an example.

Some say the Bible is outdated when it comes to same sex marriage. Society has moved on, the critics say, and the Bible is antiquated. But survey all the verses in the Bible that speak about husbands, wives, sex, adultery, gender, and marriage. There are hundreds of verses that deal with these issues. Homosexuality was certainly practiced in the days of the Old Testament, so how are we 'advanced' now?

Abortion isn't a new issue, nor is gender identification, or the creation/evolution debate. The Bible seems to be pretty up-to-date on the big issues of our day. You may disagree with the clear teachings of the Bible, or debate the hard-to-understand ones, but I don't buy the argument that the Bible isn't relevant. For more proof, check out my podcasts on

If you're a Christian, I hope you believe the Bible is inerrant. But I equally hope you believe the Bible is sufficient. If you don't, you'll be forever wondering what Oprah and Dr. Phil have to say next. You will condemn yourself to relying on the wisdom of men, not of God.

For more, read Chip Ingram's book: Culture Shock: A Biblical Response to Today's Most Divisive Issues