” … the authority of God’s Word is not an arbitrary, external authority … (But) a wooing and conquering authority … Scripture’s authority does not demand blind obedience … rather a subjection that spells redemption … a subjection to Christ whereby he is never out of view … in which acceptance occurs with joy and willingness.” (Holy Scripture, pp. 349-350).
As a biblical theologian, Berkouwer is aware of “the dangers of an experience-theology” (Holy Scripture, p. 348).
As a modern theologian, he is critical of the suggestion that “all scriptural questions could possibly be solved by excluding them on the basis of a childlike faith” (Holy Scripture, p. 348).
He has sought to understand the authority of Scripture in a way that acknowledges fully both the objectivity of biblical authority and the subjectivity of the believer’s experience of that authority.
He emphasizes that his view is “not a subjectification of authority, which might only become reality through acknowledgment” (Holy Scripture, p. 348, emphasis mine).