1.) The Scripture speaks authoritatively about itself.
2.) Because the Scripture speaks authoritatively about itself every Christian is morally compelled to believe what the Scripture says about itself.
3.) It is neither rational to conclude nor is it Scripturally supported that you must or should have even a single hour of seminary education to believe what the Scripture says about itself.
4.) If you ought to do something it implies that you can do something.
5.) If plumbers and businessmen and stay-at-home moms and schoolteachers ought to believe what their Bible says about itself, then it is implied that they can believe without seminary training and/or the approval of this or that Ph.D. or professor at this or that seminary or divinity school.
In believing what Scripture says about itself I give you ten Scripture passages that compel us to believe. If you would like to read a thorough exposition of each of these passages you can find it in Dr. Van Kleeck Sr’s new book, An Exegetical Grounding for a Standard Sacred Text.
“The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”Psalm 12:6-7
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”Psalm 119:89
“As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.”Isaiah 59:21
“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”Matthew 5:18
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”Matthew 24:35
“If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken.”John 10:35
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”2 Timothy 3:15-17
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”1 Peter 1:23-25
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shinneth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.2 Peter 1:19-21
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”Jude 3