Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… When a person walks into a Fellowship Baptist Church or bumps into a Fellowship pastor, missionary, or chaplain, one of my hopes is that the person will meet a leader or group of people who believe the Bible is God’s Word, without reservation. The Bible remains under attack; I’m concerned.
Theologian Wayne Grudem defined inerrancy this way: “The inerrancy of Scripture means that Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact.” (Systematic Theology, pg. 90)
The issue surrounding inerrancy is not a matter of just precision, but truthfulness. If we deny inerrancy, we fall into many problems:
• If there is error, God is a liar, for He said there is no error.
• If there is error, we lose trust in God.
• If there is error, we subtly make humanity’s reasoning power the standard of authority.
• If we say there are small details that are in error, can we be sure the large doctrines are free from error?
The bible does say something clearly about it’s own authority:
• “The Lord’s promises are pure.” (Psalm 12:6 NLT)
• “Every word of God proves true.” (Proverbs 30:5 NLT)
• “For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth.” (2 Samuel 7:28 NLT)
Many more scriptures speak of the Bible’s authority. With an admission of error, how does its authority hold up?
Wayne Grudem writes: “The authority of Scripture means that all the words in Scripture are God’s words in such a way that to disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God.” (Systematic Theology, pg. 73)
My steadfast hope remains that any visitor to our local churches would discover among the people of God a confidence that we are reading God’s Word when we open our Bibles each week.
Have a blessed week,