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What theological conservatives need to guard against, though, is thinking that because we affirm the Bible to be God’s inerrant and authoritative word, we have therefore submitted to the Bible. We can be conservatively confessional and functionally liberal. In other words, submitting to the Bible is far more than affirming an orthodox statement of Scripture. Affirming such a statement is crucial and essential. We should never minimize that. But affirming a high view of Scripture is only teh first step of submission. We fully submit to God’s Word when we accept its authority over our lives as we read it.

-Stephen J. Nicol, Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life, 96