The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
For those who have not come from the Catholic tradition nor any sort of liturgical tradition, like myself, it can be difficult to understand when someone speaks about holding “oral tradition” or the “tradition of the church” as elevated along with scripture. It is also difficult when folks of those traditions speak of the writings of the church fathers as having equal weight with scripture. Sometimes they use these as examples of reasons why we shouldn’t worship the Bible.
Having read the Nicene Creed I see nothing that contradicts scripture. In fact, quite the opposite. The early church fathers upheld the scriptures as the means to come to salvation. Not only as the means to come to salvation, though. They considered obedience to the scriptures, and not just the red letters, to be the means to “work out your salvation with trembling”. The mere confession of Christ as Lord of Lords cannot be all there is to salvation. No, it is belief unto repentance. Repentance of what? Sin. How do we know what sin is? It is in the Bible. If we can decide for ourselves which commands to follow and which ones not to are we following the Lord or are we following our own desires? Scripture tells us the heart of man is deceitful above all. We can fool ourselves.
Why do we have a canonized Bible? What does it mean for scripture to be canonized? The basic factor for recognizing a book’s canonicity for the New Testament was divine inspiration, and the chief test for this was apostolicity. The term apostolic as used for the test of canonicity does not necessarily mean apostolic authorship or derivation, but rather apostolic authority. Apostolic authority is never detached from the authority of the Lord.
It appears to me that oral tradition, tradition of the church and authority of the scriptures work together. Nowhere is it suggested by any of the early church fathers that oral tradition or church tradition should replace the authority of scripture. While man’s interpretation of scripture may be fallacious, the early church fathers affirm the infallibility of scripture. To deny the authority of scripture is to deny the authority of Christ. That is not worshiping the Bible, that is taking the authority of Jesus seriously. I’ve come to a place where it is difficult for me to accept the authority of scripture thereby eschewing the authority of Jesus as the Christ.
Do you deny divine inspiration? Do you deny apostolic authority? Why are the writings of the early church fathers not in the canon?
 Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics
 Luke 3:8, 2 Corinthians 7:10, Luke 24:47, Acts 11:18
 New World Encyclopedia (http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Biblical_canon)