We have seen over the past 200 years an attack on Biblical Inerrancy in the Church. Two questions: “Can we trust Scripture? and Is this the word of God or not?” In recent decades, there was such a stir about Biblical Inerrancy it was became necessary for a council to come together and form a modern statement of belief regarding the accuracy and truth of Biblical inerrancy and infallibility. Definitions can be found at the link above.
A very important key to remember is, “Without Biblical inerrancy we are in the dark.”1 If there is no credibility in the Bible where would one go? Where would they turn to? I can see where one would not be hopeless, but I can see a loss of confidence in the Word that isÂ sharper than any two edged sword.
The Scriptures are our final authority in the church and in the life of a Christian. Martin Luther, while he did fight for justification by faith alone, also fought for the only authority which binds the conscienceâ€¦the Bible. Luther said, “Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.” If one does not believe that final authority in life rests in the Bible, this is a crisis of authority.
In the Council of Trent (1545-1563), the Catholic Church, in the fourth session, had the Church’s authority questioned. They stated that authority laid in two sources: Scripture and tradition. Unfortunately, if the two contradicted each other tradition had the final say-so. This is the same debate: what is the authority? In this post-modern society where truth is whatever you believe and there is no standard, we are making ourselves God and have no authority to answer to. This is why the doctrine of inerrancy is so vital. Lack of inerrancy leads to undermining the Scriptures which leads to inaccurate doctrines of the Bible, lack of authority, antinomianism, lawlessness, and even wrong views of salvation. Scriptures authority is top-down, from God to us (2 Tim 3:16).
What the Lord has spoken is reliable and trustworthy. What He says is true. God does not lie. It is very encouraging to know that the Lord has prayed for His people. He said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.” There are some things in the Bible that are difficult to understand (2 Pet 3:16), but we must have an attitude of submission. Will you submit to God’s word? It is through the Word that we are sanctified and it is in this Word that we can rest.
1-Dr. Stephen Nichols, “Doctrine of Scripture” Ligonier Connect
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