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What Happens When the Bible Comes under Attack?

Read a bookIf God’s Word is not understood to be God-breathed, it will be regarded only as the product of flawed men who worked independently of any divine initiation and supervision. But the Bible says, “All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16), and “No prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:21).

If God’s Word is not understood to be inerrant, it will be questioned by moderns who will not trust it as a reliable source of truth. But the Bible says, “Thy Word is truth” (John 17:17).

If God’s Word is not understood to be complete, it will be considered ‘old hat’ by those looking for something more from God – a new revelation or a new prophesy. But the Bible says, “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18).

If God’s Word is not understood to be sufficient, it will be sidelined as a ministry resource and replaced by secular pragmatism, business philosophy, and humanistic psychology.   But the Bible says, “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3).

If God’s Word is not understood to be authoritative, it will be thought to contain nothing more than helpful hints for better living – moderns will decide for themselves how they live their lives. But the Bible says, “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it” (Luke 11:28).

If God’s Word is not understood to be perspicuous (i.e., understandable), interpretation will be impossible – endless dialogue will be entertained without any commitment to discover the intent of the original author. But the Bible says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Stand with us at Faith Bible Church as we affirm the inspiration, inerrancy, completeness, sufficiency, authority, and perspicuity of all sixty-six books of the Bible.

Author: Nigel Shailer

A pastor and elder at Faith Bible Church and head of the counseling ministry.

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