David Crabb once said: “A Bible-balanced ministry will aim to say what the Bible says, in the way it says it, to the degree it says it.”
I find this statement to be very life-giving, and leadership directing for pastors. Why? Because as a pastor people accuse me placing more weight on certain doctrines than others found in Scripture. Is this true? Absolutely! I do this because the Bible does it too. Let me explain.
The Bible places weight on doctrine, therefore all doctrines are very important not only to the life of the individual believer but to the life of the local church. But while the Bible places weight on doctrine, it does not place equal weight on all doctrines. Let me give you the best example.
In every book of the Bible, the main character is Jesus. Every Scripture somehow foresee’s Him, preview’s Him, explicitly proclaims Him, or reflects on Him. The whole of the Scripture proclaims Jesus as Lord, the King who is coming, has come, and the One who’ll come again. Therefore, the Bible places the major weight on the gospel of Jesus Christ because all of the Bible points to it and reflects upon it. Does the Bible place an equal amount of weight on doctrines such as end times, baptism, communion, prayer, preaching, spiritual gifts, or church discipline? No, not at all, BUT it does not mean these lesser doctrines are not important it just means they’re not as important as the main doctrine.
Back to David Crabb’s word of wisdom: “A Bible-balanced ministry will aim to say what the Bible says, in the way it says it, to the degree it says it.” This means a healthy ministry will place the most weight on the things the Bible places the most weight on – the gospel. If an undue amount of weight is given to other things besides the main thing, a church will eventually grow into something other than a Christian church. The same is true for the individual Christian. If we personally place more weight on certain things, weight the Bible does not place on these things, we will grow un-balanced, and will eventually lose sight of the major things.
Can we find the major things in Scripture? Yes. All that is included in the historic Apostles Creed are the major things in Scripture. Let’s place heavy weight on the majors and place lesser weight on the minors, important as they remain.
Are you in a healthy church? I hope so.