In spite of my many personal sins and weaknesses, and even though I do distinguish between central and peripheral matters, I certainly hold strong convictions about many things. This is because, realizing the fragility and relative worthlessness of my own views, I am convinced utterly that God’s views alone have any ultimate value. So I am now determined to think God’s revealed thoughts after Him. It is only in the light of His Infallible Word, the 66-book Bible, that I see the light about everything and anything.
As the Confession correctly states, “a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word — for the authority of God Himself speaking therein [XIV:2]…. 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 revelation of the Spirit or traditions of man” (I:6). For, as the Larger Catechism (Q. 5) declares, “the Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God — and what duty God requires of man.”