Today's postmodern culture would rather that men stand in a pulpit (or more likely, on a stage) and perform a skilled tap dance around the truths of Scripture. The "all truth is relative" mentality has invaded the visible church and as a result many who call themselves pastors are nothing more than weak, wobbly-kneed men (or worse, women) who are more concerned about the world's opinions than the Lord's.
This simply will not do. These men may call themselves pastors, but they are not true under-shepherds of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are a myriad of terms for them: hirelings, wolves, blind guides, but they are not shepherds. They are not true pastors. Those who do not boldly preach under the authority of God's Word are not serving the Lord, no matter what they may claim. Those who would dare to diminish the authority of Scripture in any way find themselves standing in direct opposition to the God they claim to serve.
What, then, does God say about His own Word? Is the Bible actually something that was breathed out by God (2 Tim. 3:16), or is it instead just a mere "collection of ancient documents" as Andy Stanley has stated?
How God Describes His WordThen Moses came and recounted to the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice and said, "All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do!" (Ex 24:3)
You have today declared the Lord to be your God, and that you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and listen to His voice. (Deut 26:17)
How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart. (Ps 119:2)
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. (Ps 119:9–11)
I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word. (Ps 119:15–16)
Seek from the book of the Lord, and read. . . (Is 34:16a)
Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, "Behold I have put My words in your mouth." (Jer 1:9)
Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God. (Rom 3:1–2)
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph 6:17)
Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. (Phil 2:14–16)
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Col 3:16)
For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. (1 Thess 2:13)
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Tim 2:15)
For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Pet 1:23)
It certainly seems from the above verses that God considers the Bible to be His Word. As one example, Isaiah 34:16 does not begin, "Seek from the collection of ancient documents. . ." but rather, "Seek from the book of the Lord. . ." And though it was not complete in Isaiah's day, Christians now have God's full, final and complete revelation in one book, that is the Bible.
This God-breathed Scripture, the only true and trustworthy Word, operates as far more than a simple collection of words on paper.