“However, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained” (Philippians 3:16).
While the teachings of the apostles would serve as the theological foundation for the early church, it is the compilation of their inspired writings that would become the canonical standard for the church today. To deem the bible as canonical—the standard and measuring stick for all matters of faith and practice—is to ascribe authority to the sacred text. If it is truly authoritative then it becomes for us the touchstone and the lens through which we understand and view everything else. It establishes a standard for living that does not change with “new moralities” or the latest trends of culture.