Thursday, November 10, 2016

Defending Inerrancy

From Kevin DeYoung's book Taking God at His Word:
Defending the doctrine of inerrancy may seem like a fool's errand to some and a divisive shibboleth to others, but, in truth, the doctrine is at the heart of our faith. To deny, disregard, edit, alter, reject, or rule out anything in God's word is to commit the sin of unbelief. "Let God be true through every one were a liar" must be our rallying cry (Rom. 3:4). Finding a halfway house where some things in the Bible are true and other things (as we have judged them) are not is an impossibility. This kind of compromised Christianity, besides flying int he face of the Bible's own self-understanding, does not satisfy the soul or present to the lost the sort of God they need to meet. how are we to believe in a God who can do the unimaginable and forgive our trespasses, conquer our sins, and give us hope in a dark world if we cannot believe that this God created the world out of nothing, gave the virgin a child, and raised his Son on the third day? "One cannot doubt the Bible," J. I. Packer warns, "without far-reaching loss, both of fullness of truth and of fullness of life. If therefore we have at heart spiritual renewal for society, for churches and for our own lives, we shall make much of the entire trustworthiness - that is, the inerrancy - of Holy Scripture as the inspired and liberating Word of God." (39-40)
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