Friday, April 20, 2007

A slippery slope

I just got a call from a friend to let me know that the university I graduated from MANY years ago no longer has "inerrancy" in its doctrinal statement regarding the word of God.

Yes, it is (maybe was?) a Christian university.

This is very troubling to me, because it's a trend I see in the church in general. As the bible says, "If the foundation is destroyed, what can we do?" If we no longer believe the bible is the inerrant word of God then we have destroyed the foundations, and we are heading down a slippery slope that will not end well.

Many of those behind me in the church have abandoned the inerrancy of scripture and have no problems with it. What they don't know is that this has been tried before with disastrous results.

I am one who believes in the inerrancy of the word of God. In fact I dearly love the doctrinal statement of our church that speaks to this in some detail that I won’t go into here. It’s foundational to our faith. What I mean by that is that if we do not have a stable foundation- the bible and it’s inerrancy- then anything goes, any doctrine will work, and any result is ok. In some of the churches we are already seeing this happen. Some of the heresy I have read and heard has amazed me! It’s as if they haven’t even read the bible, but there they are with bible in hand declaring lies about God. How can that happen? Destroy the foundation and you can build any theology you want, and people will follow you.

But be careful…at the end of this slide it gets very wet!

2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2Ti 3:17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.


JH said...

A discussion on the correlation of hermeneutics and inerrancy, inspiration, infallibility would be interesting.

Anonymous said...

what do all those words mean? it's just gobbly gook to me! i think it must be important for me to understand what these words mean.

JH said...

Anonymous...I was just stating that ones view of the scriptures as the inspired, inerrant, and infallible word of God is probably correlative with the way in which one reads the literature contained therein. There are various types of literary genre within the Bible and each has it's own method and rules of interpretation. IE: You need to ask yourself if this book or passage is historical narrative, poem, prose, apocalyptic, allegorical, etc... "Search and ye shall find," brother.

Anonymous said...

To anonymous,

I hope this answers your question.

HERMENEUTICS. (Comes from Hermes the Greek god of commerce who served as the messenger of the other gods. He corresponded to the Roman god Mercury (Acts 14:12; Mercurius, KJV).
This term, from Gk. hermēneuō (‘interpret’), the science and art of biblical interpretation. Correct Bible interpretation should answer the question, “How can I understand what this particular passage means?” Because there are rules that govern its use, it is a science. Because knowing the rules is not enough, it also is an art. Practice to learn how to use the rules is also required.

INSPIRATION. Noun formed from Latin and English translations of theopneustos in 2 Tim. 3:16, which av rendered: ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.’ ‘Inspired of God’ - Of course GOD breathed is a better term....

INERRANCY. A term denoting that the soveriegn GOD has kept HIS WORD without error in its original writings. We dont have the originals but we have thousands of copies made from them by the 3rd Century so errors tend to stand out fairly well.

INFALLIBILITY. Incapable of being mistaken in matters of doctrine and dogma.