While the central message of the NCFIC is the doctrine of the sufficiency of scripture, we find ourselves speaking of the many areas that this doctrine speaks to. So, if you want to know what pleases God in church life, family life, work life or any other kind of life, go to scripture. The answer is there.
Last Tuesday night, during our Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine Webinar, we covered Chapter 16 of the Second London Baptist Confession on the doctrine of good works. In this section, the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture for good works is stated. In paragraph 1, the confession reads,
“Good works are only such as God hath commanded in His Holy Word, and not such as without the warrant thereof are devised by men out of blind zeal, or upon any pretense of good intentions.”
This is the sufficiency of scripture for good works. It is based on the idea that God shows us what is good. Micah stated it this way, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.
We often think we can make up any kind of work and call it good. What the confession is reminding us of is that God defines what is good and makes gives commands and principles that define it. For example God has much to say about the eduction of children, the care for the poor, the life and work of a woman and a man… The problem is, we concoct works that sound good to us, but they may contradict what God has commanded, or keep us from doing what God has already commanded.
God has given us commands for what is good to do in the church and in the family, but we are often dissatisfied with it – we have a better idea.