The doctrine of the of Scripture assumes inerrancy but then goes a step further.This doctrine simply holds that the Bible is sufficient to guide and instruct us authoritatively in all areas of our faith and life, and that there is no area of life about which the Bible has no guidance for us.In either case, no area of life falls totally outside of the guidance and authority of God's Word.My point is that we cannot simply state that the Bible "doesn't mention dating or courtship," and then think we're off the hook to pursue this area of our lives either on the world's terms or however seems best to us without diligent, submissive reference to God's Word.People attempting to follow a courtship model within today's culture, however, often run into a lot of practical questions, such as, "What if her dad is unavailable or uninterested in being involved?" or "What do you do when you live hundreds of miles from your family?He is also an attorney who is used to tackling tough questions.The answers he brings may be different from anything you've heard before.
Well, many evangelicals who otherwise believe in the inerrancy of the Bible and who might generally agree with the sufficiency of Scripture have nonetheless embraced the area of our faith and life at some level.At Focus on the Family, we've offered a range of resources and expert advice bringing biblical principles to bear in this area.Some of the messages we've presented have taken the position that Christians can apply their faith in such a way that they can still work within the system they've inherited.That's what I hope this column will be about — applying God's Word to dating, finding a spouse and getting married.
I have to start by explaining the theological doctrine that drives the approach I want to outline (and advocate).
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