We believe and confess that every word of the Scriptures is God-breathed, being from first to last the very word of God in such a way that when Scripture speaks, God Himself speaks. Because they are God’s own words, they are without error, nor are they capable of erring. We, therefore, believe all things contained in Holy Scripture, not simply because the church has sworn and testified to them for millennia, or because of the great many scientific and historical proofs of biblical testimony, but because, ultimately, we have heard the voice of our Lord speaking to us in them.
All claims to truth are to be judged by the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scriptures, for God gave them as our only authoritative rule for the regulation, foundation, and confirmation of our faith and conduct. The word of God is entirely and wholly sufficient in and of itself for us to know the things necessary for salvation and walking with Christ, for everything which God requires from us is contained in the canon of Holy Scripture. Without its teaching, it is impossible to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus.
Though there are difficult portions, the whole of Scripture, and the main message therein of salvation by grace through faith, is propounded so clearly that any and all alike, whether learned or unlearned, may understand it. This being true, we confess that we stand in need of the further, inward work of the Spirit in convincing us of their authority, illuminating our minds to understand them spiritually, and strengthening our wills to be obedient to them. The rule of the interpretation of Holy Scripture is Scripture itself, comparing the unclear with the clear, so that we discern only one Mind in these sixty-six books. The center, point, and goal of all Scripture is Jesus Christ, the Old Testament looking forward to His advent, the New Testament reflecting on it.
We, the church of the living God, are born of, abide in, and long for the goodness and correction of the word of truth, and we will not listen to the voice of a stranger; the ground of our union with one another is none other than the truth of the word of God.