Too often, the modern theologian and churchman goes to the Bible seeking insight, not orders. Indeed, I may go to Calvin,
Luther, Augustine, and others, to scholars Christian and non-Christian, for insights, for data, and for learned studies, but
when I go to the Bible I must go to hear God's marching orders for my life. I cannot treat the Bible as a devotional manual de-
signed to give me peace of mind or a "higher plane" of living; it is a command book which can disturb my peace with its orders,
and it tells me that I can only find peace in obeying the Almighty. The Bible is not an inspirational book for my personal
edification, nor a book of beautiful thoughts and insights for my pleasure. It is the word of the sovereign and Almighty God: I
must hear and obey, I must believe and be faithful, because God requires it. I am His property, and His absolute possession.
There can be nothing better than that (Law and Society [Vallecito, CA: Ross House, 19821, pp. 69lf.).