Doug Phillips – The Sufficiency of Scripture and the heart of the NCFIC
In describing the heart of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, Doug spoke passionately on the issue to which he has devoted his life: the wedding of orthodoxy and orthopraxy. Theology is not to reside in our brains, but to live in our fingers and be manifest in the palms of our hands, in the way we speak with our children, the way we hold them, the way we look them in the eyes, where we walk with them, the books we read with them, the journeys we take with them, the times we kneel in prayer with them. Without this, our generations are destined for the dustbowl. This is happening on a massive scale all around us. Grievously, generational apostasy can be seen consistently in the families of theological teachers.
Doug made the case that we currently face a Babylonian captivity of the church. He described the many ways in which the church has looked to the traditions of men and been guided by emotion and experience, syncretizing with an idolatrous culture. This is seen in abandonment of the foundational creation order in manhood and womanhood, in the surrender of the next generation to pagan pedagogical institutions, in the idolatry and isolation of youth, in cleric-driven church culture, and in mystic psychobabble. Rather than building on the foundational doctrines for which our spiritual fathers gave their lives, today’s church has abandoned them.
At the close of the message, Doug spoke stirringly to the heart issue: We must be passionately consumed by the Lord Jesus Christ. When that’s true, we will be consumed with a desire to follow His Word. Our passion for our children, our passion for the church, proceeds from that. In the time of King Josiah, Israel found the lost book of the law. The response was to put on sackcloth and ashes. That is when revival came.
May God help us to divest ourselves of man-made traditions which beset us, and return to the heart of the NCFIC: Scripture alone. Someday our children will look back and ask, “What did mom and dad do with their lives?” I hope that you and I will be able to leave a legacy of sola scriptura—semper reformanda. That is the heart of the NCFIC.