The ‘inerrancy’ and ‘infallible’ debate, part 3.
“‘And truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy,’ is how our Southern Baptist Statement of Faith describes in words as best it can, the ideas of inerrancy and infallibility,” related the Reverend J.A. Layman, evangelist with Sterling Ministries, before The Lay School faculty here in Clinton, Tennessee. “The first Scripture reference our Statement of Faith cites is Exodus 24:4, which reads:
4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
Taking this literally as written we conclude that the first five books of the Bible, the Book(s) of Moses, contain the words of God.
And in John 17:17, we read:
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. [REFERENCE: Literal interpretation.]
How much plainer could the apostle John have made this? Now, rather than continue to cite and examine more of the Scripture references the Southern Baptist Convention cites in our Statement of Faith, for these two already quoted will suffice for our discussion, let us consider the alternative. IF the Bible, all of it, is NOT inspired Scripture, which is diametrically opposite what the Scriptures claim of themselves and the church has historically asserted, who is qualified to decide which parts of the Scriptures are truly inspired and which parts are not, and therefore ought to be removed? We must always remember that the basis upon which our practice is founded is FAITH, that is, believing without having tangible proof. And the Scriptures teach, and Bible-believing Christians can attest to the fact, that faith comes by hearing and/or reading the Word of God, just as the Scriptures assert in Romans 10:17.”
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