Is there a Proof Text for everything?

WCF, Chapter 1, Section 6-7

Section 6

The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men (2 Tim. 3:15–17; Gal. 1:8–9; 2 Thess. 2:2). Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the

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Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word (John 6:45; 1 Cor. 2:9–12): and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the Church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the Word, which are always to be observed (1 Cor. 11:13–14; 14:26, 40).

2 Timothy 3:15-17 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Galatians 1:8-9 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

2 Thessalonians 2:2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

John 6:45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—

1 Corinthians 2:9-12 But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

1 Corinthians 14:26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

1 Corinthians 14:40 But all things should be done decently and in order.


Everything c concerning salvation and Faith is expressly written down or can be found from the sense of scripture. This rules out the fundamentalist requirement for proof text for everything.

Daddy There is no proof text for me making my bed.

Principles of banking, government and medical service but no the necessary information for heart surgery, monetary systems or specific forms of government.

Is a republic unbiblical? The bible is full of kings and Kingdoms. When the people cry out together, God punishes them with what they wanted – what does that say about democracy?

There are other sources of truth than the Bible. Cutting into someone is a highly developed skill and apart from a submission to the two greatest commandments this knowledge is dangerous, I.E. Aobrtion.

Secular scientists lead to Nazi doctors. We see the drift of modern medicine.

Neutral elements of existence that scripture defines in its proper context, such as TV – not wicked in itself, but who is controlling the content?

If we need to know or do something of a spiritual nature, then God has told us in the Bible expressly what that is, or He has placed all the premises in the Scripture, from which we may draw the necessary conclusions.

We may not add anything necessary for God’s glory, our salvation, or doctrine or life on the basis of tradition or new revelation.

We have to be careful binding consciences with our “sense” of scripture, such as, the proper mode of baptism versus the Trinity.

Put simply, tradition and new revelation cannot bind the conscience. If someone tells you that in order to be saved, you must believe what the little voices in their head tell them to tell you, then you must walk away.

“New revelation” does not trump what Scripture plainly teaches. In the same way, “old tradition” cannot be used to set aside the Word of God either.

Understanding is not founded upon logic but the Spirit.

Because men are sinners, inward and spiritual illumination is necessary to keep the Bible from being a closed book with regard to salvation.

It does not follow from the fact that the Bible objectively teaches what it does that dead men can read it.

A man must be born again if he is to see the kingdom. In addition, he must be born again if he is to really see the passages of Scripture that point to the kingdom.

The statement of this paragraph should not be taken as implying that we cannot make decisions concerning our worship and government based upon the light of nature and Christian prudence, provided such decisions are in general submission to the Word.

How long should the service be? How should we configure or decorate the sanctuary? Go ahead and make your own decisions, the Westminster divines said. Just don’t get crazy—which would rule out the junior high interpretive dance teams.

Section 7

All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all (2 Pet. 3:16): yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them (Ps. 119:105, 130).

2 Peter 3:16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.


The Bible is not a secret text, meant for a few. There are hard places, but on the subject of salvation, the Scriptures on the whole are within reach of ordinary men.

God did not give us the Bible to have something for seminarians to study. The Scriptures are the covenant document for all God’s people.


Larger Catechism Q. 5. What do the Scriptures principally teach?

A. The Scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.

Author: Michael Kloss

There is a Sunday conscience, as well as a Sunday coat; and those who make religion a secondary concern put the coat and conscience carefully by to put on only once a week. - Charles Dickens

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