When we say that “We’re not Protestants, but the Bible came from us,” we mean that the late 4th C. and early 5th C. Ecumenical Councils of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church to which we are united, provide the authoritative voice as to which of the ancient writings of the Apostles are to be regarded as authentic and included in the Canon of the Scriptures.

In our day and age, when the enemies of authentic Christianity are enamored with legend, intrigue, and false (Gnostic) gospel accounts from the early centuries, “Bible only” Christians should be reminded to show gratitude and deference to the history and tradition within the Church which discerned and gave us the reliable list of Apostolic writings. Furthermore this same Church has preserved the manuscripts against written error from those who would add to or subtract from the list (canon) or from the specific contents of each of the books which came to be known as the Old and New Testaments.

To their credit, many God-fearing Protestant and especially Evangelical Christians in modern times have inspired and challenged all Christians to increase our knowledge and love for the Holy Scriptures.

Are there 66 books in the Bible? Guess again.

Does your Church encourage people to read the Bible?