A Scripturalist is a person who believes the proposition that “The Bible ALONE is the Word of God.”
In order to be as clear as possible I will define the terms of the declarative sentence “The Bible ALONE is the Word of God.”
By the Bible I mean the explicitly stated and necessarily implied propositions found in the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament. These same books are listed in the first chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith. It is important to distinguish what is meant by Bible because many false prophets have added to or detracted from the Scriptures.
The Bible is words. The Bible is subjects, copulas, and predicates formed into propositions.
A proposition is the meaning of a declarative sentence. Rather than just saying that the Bible is a compilation of 66 books I mean to communicate the fact that the Bible is a coherent system of thought delivered from the mind of God. It is a logically consistent set of explicitly stated propositions and the necessarily inferred propositions that follow from those explicit statements.
THE WORD OF GOD:
By saying that the Bible is “the Word of God” I mean that the propositions of the Bible are the propositions of God. Every word was chosen by God and put onto paper through the personal agency of men whom God foreordained to use as Prophets, Apostles, and Evangelists. The term “God” is defined by the Bible, and, although the term “God” could mean almost anything, the word takes on very clear and definite meaning through the qualities which are attributed to God in Scripture.
God’s Word is called truth because God cannot lie. In addition to not lying, God does not make mistakes, for God is defined in the Bible as being truth itself. God is His mind, and God knows all things. If God does not lie, and God knows all things, then His Word is TRUTH.
So, the Word of God is the Word of Truth.
The fact that we as men are created as the image and likeness of God means that we can understand what God has said. If one understands and believes the Word of Truth, then one has knowledge of the Truth.
THE BIBLE ALONE IS THE WORD OF GOD:
The “alone” in the sentence is extremely important. It is the difference between Christianity (Scripturalism) and many other philosophies. Mormonism, Roman Catholicism, and still others would all defend the idea that “The Bible is the Word of God,” but none of them would agree that “The Bible ALONE is the Word of God.”
The point is that the ONLY source of infallible, inerrant, true propositions for man is Divine revelation. The only source of Divine revelation in this life since the completion of the Scriptures in the first century is the Holy Bible.
Man is dependent upon the God who created him for knowledge.
A Scripturalist believes that the Word of God is the sole and sufficient source of wisdom, for in God’s Word are hidden all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.