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May it never be! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” (Ro 3:4)

What is Biblical Inerrancy?

Please! Is this really all that important? Why can’t Christians just get along? Why do we always have to find something to fight about among ourselves? If you feel strongly about these questions then the rest of this email might not be for you.

It was Ravi Zacharias who said that there are “three levels of philosophy”. To paraphrase Ravi’s idea, how and why we believe and live the way we do. Level 1: theory-academic debate and understanding. Level 2: acceptance of an idea on a personal level Level 3: adoption on a popular level and inculcated into a culture.

If Christians are just debating inane ideas as how many angels can dance on the head of a pin then those questions are legitimate. But when it comes to the authority of the Bible this is no trifle matter.

I guess there has always been a disaccord among Christians on what does Biblical inerrancy mean. Recently there seems to be some flare up, with well respected theologians and academics marking their territory and battle lines. There have been conferences on this issue and books are coming out to enjoin the battle.
Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy
Defending Inerrancy: Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation
Defining Inerrancy: Affirming a Defensible Faith for a New Generation

And because we are in the information age, the blogosphere has also enjoin in this battle.
Defending Inerrancy
Review of Defining Inerrancy
On Chicago’s Muddy Waters

For what it’s worth, I personally haven’t taken a side on this. I need to learn more about this myself. But some of you might already be saying who cares, just go and preach the gospel. While you eggheads are debating all of this we are out there saving souls. The truth is that you can do both. But think for a minute, what are you saving people to? What is the gospel? How will it be understood in the culture especially in the future? What is the authority of your gospel if it is not based on the inerrant Word of God. I don’t believe either side of this debate are heretics but just how we understand what we have has God’s Word is critical to what we believe. If you don’t believe the importance of this debate just ask Brian McLaren, Rob Bell and Doug Pagitt. Their idea of the gospel will make your head spin. Yes, I am calling them a heretic.

Just a bit of a heads up to get your brain going on this fine Monday morning.

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