Scripture and Church: Foundation and Guardian

Scripture is the foundation of the Church; the Church is the guardian of Scripture. When the Church is in strong health, the light of Scripture shines bright; when the Church is sick, Scripture is corroded by neglect; and thus it happens, that the outward form of Scripture and that of the Church, usually seem to exhibit simultaneously either health or sickness; and that as a rule the way in which Scripture is being treated is in exact correspondence with the condition of the Church.
Johann Albrecht Bengel

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