15 Helpful Articles on Biblical Inerrancy

Arguably, the most basic problem within the confessing church today is the rejection of the absolute authority of the Bible. Take any issue, any issue at all, and the heart of the matter will boil down to one question: “Hath God said?” Nothing is new under the sun. The Satanic scheme employed in Eden is alive and well. Whether the heated debate concerns the extent of the atonement or the divine design of marriage as exclusively a heterosexual union, at root is the inerrancy, and thus authority, of the Bible as God’s exclusive written word.

While doing some research on the subject recently, I found the following articles. I think they are valuable and share them with you in order to encourage you in ‘the faith once delivered to the saints.’ If you are not ‘in Christ’ and a skeptic, I encourage you to think through these materials. This is really good stuff.

For you because of Him,

Todd Braye

1. A Response to a Recent Gallup Poll (John MacArthur, Jr.)

Yesterday, the Christian Post published the findings of a Gallup poll designed to gauge Americans’ opinion on the Bible. The findings reveal the utter chaos in our culture regarding the nature and authority of Scripture.

Gallup’s poll found that only 28 percent of Americans believe that the Bible is the Word of God and should be taken literally. And yet nearly 50 percent believe that the Bible is the “inspired Word of God” while insisting that not all of its content be taken literally, but rather as “metaphors and allegories that allow for interpretation.” “Allowing for interpretation” seems to be key for our postmodern, pluralistic society, as 58 percent—representing the majority of self-identifying Christians in America—accept that the Bible is the “actual Word of God” but insist, “multiple interpretations are possible.” …continue reading

2. What Does Inerrancy Mean? (Justin Taylor)

The word inerrant means that something, usually a text, is “without error.” The word infallible—in its lexical meaning, though not necessarily in theological discussions due to Rogers and McKim—is technically a stronger word, meaning that the text is not only “without error” but “incapable of error.” The historic Christian teaching is that the Bible is both inerrant and infallible. It is without error (inerrant) because it is impossible for it to have errors (infallible)…continue reading

3. What Does Inerrant Mean? (Tim Challies)

I find it is often useful to define what a term does not mean before I learn what it does mean, and I will do that with inerrancy. So let’s look at four statements dealing with what inerrancy does not entail. I should note that there is no authoritative body to which we can appeal to define what inerrancy means, for it is not a term that is neatly defined in Scripture. Thus I am presenting information consistent with the way it has been defined by scholars who have pursued the study of this doctrine over the past century and who have drawn what they believe from the Bible…continue reading

4. Some Clarifying Distinctives Regarding Inerrancy (Jeremy Cagle)

While there are many reasons why inerrancy is important, it should be recognized that inerrancy, like many other points of doctrine, is a complex issue. To better understand it, some further clarification is needed. Let me point out a few distinctives…continue reading

5. Is The Bible Really Inerrant? (Stephen Wellum)

The question before us is not only of crucial importance but difficult to address fully in a brief article. There are so many facets to it that have to be reflected upon carefully in order to give an adequate answer. So the approach I will take is first to address four preliminary questions before I turn briefly to the issue at hand…continue reading

6. Newsweek Article’s Attack on the Bible: So Misinformed It’s a Sin (David Miller, Ph.D. Kyle Butt, M.A.)

Abraham Lincoln is credited with the statement: “How many legs does a dog have if you call its tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” With that thought in mind, we turn our attention to the cover story of the December 23, 2014 issue of Newsweek titled, “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.” Kurt Eichenwald, the author, said concerning his article: “This examination is not an attack on the Bible or Christianity.” He says about his writing, “None of this is meant to demean the Bible, but all of it is fact.” Eichenwald may say that his article is not an attack on the Bible or is not designed to demean it, but that claim is simply not true. He boldly states that the Bible is “loaded with contradictions and translation errors and wasn’t written by witnesses and includes words added by unknown scribes to inject Church orthodoxy.” In fact, the bulk of his writing is an effort to prove these errors, contradictions, and discrepancies. Having declared that they are facts (which is the furthest thing from the truth, as we will show in this response), he says, “Christians angered by these facts should be angry with the Bible, not the messenger.” Make no mistake about it, Eichenwald is bashing the Bible, and he does so without the facts…continue reading

7. Can We Trust the New Testament Text? (Matt Waymeyer)

Several years ago I was walking in a park and met a man who identified himself as a pantheist. As I shared the Gospel with him, he raised a series of objections to the Christian faith, the first of which concerned the reliability of Scripture. “The Bible was going along fine,” he explained, “until King James came along and changed it all, and now we have no idea what the original actually said!”

The man’s objection was obviously more than a little misinformed, but it does raise a legitimate question: If the original manuscripts of the Bible no longer exist—and if the existing manuscripts do not completely agree with one another—how can we have confidence in the Scriptures we possess today? Can we really trust the Bible as it has been handed down to us? Can we really insist that it is nothing less than the inerrant Word of God? …continue reading

8. The Witness of the Bible to its Own Authority (Gleason Archer)

Does the Bible actually assert its own inerrancy as the revealed Word of God? Does it really lay claim to freedom from error in all that it affirms, whether in matters of theology, history, or science? Are proponents of this view truly justified in their insistence on this high degree of perfection in Scripture, or are they actually going beyond what it affirms concerning its own authority? These questions have been raised by those who advocate a lower concept of biblical authority, and it is important for us to settle them as we seek to come to terms with the Bible’s own witness…continue reading…

9. Alleged Chronological Contradictions (Eric Lyons)

Since the Bible begins at the Creation with Genesis—the book of beginnings—and ends with the book of Revelation (which many scholars believe was the last recorded book of the Bible), students of the Scriptures often assume that the Bible was compiled chronologically. Many students approach their reading of the Bible with the mind-set that everything in Scripture is arranged “from A to Z.” Since Genesis records what took place at the beginning of time, and it is the first book of the Bible, then the rest of the Bible follows suit, right? Actually, what the diligent student eventually finds is that the Bible is not a book of strict chronology. All sixty-six books of the Bible are not arranged in the order in which they were written. Furthermore, all of the events contained within each book also are not necessarily recorded chronologically…continue reading

10. The Resurrection Narratives (Kyle Butt)

Dismissing the miracles documented in the New Testament is a favorite pastime of many skeptics, and even some religious leaders. However, this “dismissal” game gets extremely complicated, because the miracles are so closely blended with historical facts that separating the two soon becomes like trying to separate two different colors of modeling clay…continue reading

11The Preacher and God’s Word (James Montgomery Boice)

Having recognized the primacy of the word in God’s own dealings with the human race, it is not at all difficult to note the primacy of the word in that early Christian preaching recorded in the New Testament…continue reading

12. Jesus Christ on the Infallibility of Scripture (David Livingston)

There is considerable debate these days concerning the inerrancy (infallibility) of Scripture. The authority of God’s Word is the main issue. But, if one yields to the authority of Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach), he must, in turn, yield to Christ’s view of the Scripture itself. Anyone and everyone who claims to be a Christian (a believer under the authority of Christ) must hold to the same view He did! What was it? ...continue reading...

 13. Spurgeon on Inerrancy

There are two things I want to say before I sit down. The first is, let us hold fast, tenaciously, doggedly, with a death grip, the truth of the inspiration of God’s Word. If it is not inspired and infallible, it cannot be of use in warning us. I see little use in being warned when the warning may be like the idle cry of “Wolf!” when there is no wolf. Everything in the railway service depends upon the accuracy of the signals: when these are wrong, life will be sacrificed. On the road to heaven we need unerring signals, or the catastrophes will be far more terrible. It is difficult enough to set myself right and carefully drive the train of conduct; but if, in addition to this, I am to set the Bible right, and thus manage the signals along the permanent way, I am in an evil plight indeed…continue reading

14. Are There Two Creation Accounts in Genesis? (Wayne Jackson)

Genesis 1 and 2 provide accounts of what God did during creation. But these two chapters don’t seem to agree. Are there two different accounts of creation under discussion in Genesis 1 and 2?…continue reading

15. Set Forth Your Case: God’s Own Challenge Regarding His Inerrant Word in Isaiah 40-48 – Part 1 (Greg Harris)

The Word of God stands forever because the God of His Word stands forever; they cannot be separated: the Person of God and the Word of God go hand in hand. In the latter part of Isaiah 40, God sets forth this challenge in reference to both His Word and its fulfillment…continue reading

The Inerrancy Summit

Shepherds' Conference 2015 2015-03-03 13-48-58After tuning in to this year’s Shepherds’ Conference today, I wish to encourage you to do the same (follow the link for live streaming and schedule). Unfortunately, I was pulled away from my computer just before John MacArthur gave the opening address. So, I missed him. But I made it back in time to watch Keith and Krysten Getty lead in song before one of my favorite pastors, Alistair Begg, expounded 2 Timothy 4:1-5. His sermon title, Let The Lion Out, was, as he confessed, borrowed from Spurgeon. It was classic Begg; his “Cleveland accent,” keen sense of humor, and MLJ-influenced expository style was simply irresisitble.

The hunt for words to describe seeing hundreds of men gathered to worship, listen, fellowship, and be encouraged in pastoral ministry fails me. And as I found myself being drawn into the event – though it be some 1200 miles away – I remembered attending Pastor Begg’s very own pastors’ conferences years ago. But now I simply encourage you, reader, to watch this one. In a day and age when the absolute truth of God’s only inscripturated word, the Holy Bible, is under attack from both the world and the professing church, this conference is vital.

As a final note of interest, I must say how amazing the hand of providence truly is. In my work with Pastoral Leadership Development, ACTION I’ve begun a teaching ministry via Skype with some 10 pastors in Tenali, India. Sola scriptura was the topic of our last session just over a week ago. Today, one of those Tenali pastors sits in Sun Valley, CA, under the ministry of The Inerrancy Summit! Could it be that Someone is orchestrating His purpose for Gospel advance to all the nations? Undeniably!

Because He has “exalted above all things [His] name and [His] word” (Psalm 138:2),

Todd Braye

Failure and Fruitlessness: Help to Press On

shepherd-with-sheepI’m just going to say it: pastoral ministry is tough. Don Carson drove it home when, waxing eloquent on 1st Timothy 3, he warned that if one wished to do something easy he should avoid the pastorate and become an astronaut instead. After pastoring two churches over a 15-year span, I appreciate Carson’s vivid exhortation.

Since preaching my final sermon over 16 months ago, I continue to reflect on my now ended pastoral life. As I do so,  I confess it is difficult to not arrive at some downright depressing conclusions. One of them is simple. To the questions ‘What was it all for?’ & ‘What did I achieve for Christ?’, I’m hard-pressed to say anything but ‘not much if anything at all.’ Yes. I fight feelings of failure and fruitlessness. Even as I strive to press on in ministry with Action International Ministries, I confess to temptations of quitting. After all, my 15 years could never be considered successful.

So, why press on? Why spend the little strength I have on such a seemingly inconsequential task? Can you relate, Pastor? How about you, believer? Why press on in ministry, especially when weighed down by feelings of failure? Do not dismiss the question. It’s valid, real, and needful.  But it’s an occasion for growth in grace, character, and perseverance.

As I sat down before my computer today, preparing myself to work, I came across a delightful blog post. Written by John Piper, it was refreshment to my soul, a glass of cool water on a hot summer’s day.  I commend it to you in hopes that it will strengthen you to keep on keeping on, even as it did me.  Here’s the link:

Even if You ‘Labor for Nought’

For you because of Him,

Todd