No clear distinction can be made between the living and written Word of God

“Still others try to distinguish between the authority of Jesus and the authority of the Bible. Someone says, “I worship Jesus and not the Bible.” But the question must be asked as to whether or not it is possible to give allegiance to someone who is made known only through the pages of Scripture. Another response is leveled: “I know Him through my experience with Him.” But experiences must be tested, and the only valid instrument for such a task is the written Word of God. Common sense tells us that no clear distinction can be made between the authority of Jesus Christ and the written Word that He Himself endorsed.”

Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix, Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons

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