Often times we use the terms I believe or we believe in our day to day speech or even in our church's doctrinal statement. These terms are often used to relay our thoughts or opinions of certain scriptures or doctrines. I use these terms and often cringe after I say it. There is one thing paramount to say on this issue. I believe in "Sola Scriptura" or the absolute infallibility of Scripture, that it is the direct, God-breathed Word of God. It is without error and absolutely true. Therefore what I believe is in direct accord with what God has said through His chosen writers.
Scripture doesn't at anytime contradict itself, it only seems that way to some because they pick a certain passage out and twist it to fit their own "beliefs". I will admit it isn't always an easy thing to do, but we must "die to self" as Paul says and put all we say about scripture into the context God was using it in Himself. "Present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of truth" 2 Tim. 2:15.
Many churches have built their foundations on their interpretations of certain passages of scriptures without even looking at the original language, context, or grammatical rules used in the statements they are using. This is why expository preaching is so crucial and fundamental. Dr. Steve Lawson says about election in particular, but scripture in general "It is easy to understand but hard to accept". I wish that we would all hold to the truth that all scripture is God-breathed and therefore Divinely inspired and authored. So we would have to say nothing on what we believe, but what God has said.
"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" 2 Tim. 3:16-17