This is a WordPress report of an excellent article authored by Gavin Peacock from the www.reformandamin.org website. Gavin is a pastor at Calvary Grace Church of Calgary and the Director of International Outreach for The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
In our current culture, where what is “acceptable” and what is “not acceptable” within our society, is continually changing, the tenants of Christianity are rapidly being watered down until in fact the Gospel becomes no gospel at all. And if you can successfully attack and dismantle the inerrancy of God’s Word, you erode God’s truth, which is the framework upon which Christianity stands. Popular … no, cause for tension from without and within, guaranteed, but the inerrancy of God’s sure Word is of the utmost importance.
Inerrancy means that the Bible, in its original manuscripts, is “without error in all that it affirms.” For the first sixteen centuries of church history inerrancy was accepted. People believed that the Bible was written by men, but men who “spoke from God” and were “moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). With the Age of Reason in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries came Enlightenment thinking which had the effect of raising the thoughts of man above the mind of God.
In this same vein, German Higher Criticism in the early 1800’s deconstructed the Scriptures and they were left with a Bible of many errors. This caused a debate as to the nature and authority of Scripture. Some became anti-supernaturalists, denying the miracles: some questioned the historicity of events and even a historical Adam. Darwin’s influence had the effect of casting doubt upon the trustworthiness of the book of Genesis and the doctrine of inerrancy began to be discarded by the church.
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