Did the Church Decide Which Books Made It into the Bible?

by Nathan W. Bingham

The church did not create the canon but rather reacted to what was already there. You might say it was like a thermometer that reliably responded to God’s Word. In this brief clip, Michael Kruger uses a helpful analogy from everyday life to demonstrate the Protestant view of the canon.

Transcript

When I say the church is a reliable guide to canonicity, we’re not saying that because we think the church is infallible. We’re not saying that because we think the church creates the canon or constitutes the canon. No, not at all. We’re saying that simply because we think the church with the Spirit in it is going to reliably react to what God is doing is these books. It’s going to respond to what God has already done.

Sort of as an analogy of this, I think that’s really helpful, is…
 

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