Pentecostals are pretty much in agreement. I’ve listed a number of official statements below.
The Assemblies of in its Statement of Fundamental Truths lists a very breif and succinct statement of the Bible’s authoritative nature. Assemblies of God Statement of Fundamental Truths, “The Scriptures Inspired”
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.
2 Timothy 3:15-17
1 Thessalonians 2:13
2 Peter 1:21
The Church of the Foursquare Gospel offers a more expansive explanaiton of Scripture’s role than the AG does. Notice that it speaks of Scripture as a tribunal by which creeds and motives are tried. Foursquare Church Declaration of Faith, “The Holy Scriptures”
We believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of the living God; true, 1immutable, steadfast, unchangeable, as its author, the Lord Jehovah; that it was written by holy men of old as they were moved upon and 2inspired by the Holy Spirit; that it is a 3lighted lamp to guide the feet of a lost world from the depths of sin and sorrow to the heights of righteousness and glory; an unclouded mirror that reveals the face of a crucified Savior; a plumb line to make straight the life of each individual and community; a sharp two-edged sword to convict of sin and evil doing; a strong cord of love and tenderness to draw the penitent to Christ Jesus; a balm of Gilead, 4inbreathed by the Holy Spirit, that can heal and quicken each drooping heart; the only true ground of Christian fellowship and unity; the 5loving call of an infinitely loving God; the solemn warning, the distant thunder of the storm of wrath and retribution that shall overtake the unheeding; a sign post that points to Heaven; a danger signal that warns from Hell; 6the divine, supreme and eternal tribunal by whose standards all men, nations, creeds, and motives shall be tried.
- “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
- (Mt. 24:35) . . . (Ps. 119:89)
- . . . (2 Tim. 3:16,17) . . . (Ps. 119:105)
- . . . (2 Peter 1:19-21)
- . . . (Jn.5:39)
- . . . (2 Tim. 2:15) . . . (Phil. 3:16) (Also, 1 Jn.4:1; Is.8:20; 1 Thess.
5:21; Acts 17:11; 1 Jn.4:6; Jude 3; Eph. 6:17; Ps. 119:59,60; Phil. 1:9-11).
The Church of God in Christ offers one of the most expansive explanations of Scripture’s role. See that it continues the theme of Scripture being a tribunal or Supreme Court where all doctrinal controversy is settled. Church of God in Christ Official Manual, Articles of Religion, The Old and New Testament (The Authority of the Scriptures), pages 40-41
We believe the the Old and New Testament Scriptures in all matters of controversy between Christians must be accepted as the supreme court of appeal. . . .
The Word of God concerning these doctrines is the great and final tribunal before which they must be brought and by which they must be tried; and the validity of our belief is measured by the corresponding with, or diversity from, that form of doctrine which is set forth in the unerring revelation that God has given to us in His inspired Word. . . .
We hold the Word of God to be the only authority in all matters, and assert that no doctrine can be true, or essential, if it does not find a place in this word.
So for Pentecostals, the consensus seems to be that Holy Scripture is “the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct” for the church, yet not necessarily the only rule, simply the only infallible and authoritative one. This works in the sense that Scripture is a tribunal or Supreme Court where any and all doctrinal disputes are brought before Scripture. In the court of appeal of Scripture, it is determined whether a doctrine is true or essential. Just because something can’t be explicitly found in Scripture does not mean it isn’t true, but it does mean it cannot be held as essential Christian doctrine by which all churches or Christians must believe.