The Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Infallibility of the Bible (and why it matters)
Whenever I meet a pastor who claims to be a Christian, I want to know his answer to this question: where do you stand with regard to the Bible? Do you believe that the Bible is God’s Word? Do you believe He supernaturally moved upon human authors to express Himself to mankind? Are all of His words given to us through the Bible without error, as Jesus affirmed? Are those same words completely reliable and accurate in every matter they address?
If the pastor’s answer is “yes” to all of these questions, then he and I have enough common ground to begin experiencing fellowship. If not, I move on. One’s view of the Bible is a primary and essential component of our common faith.
The following article (from Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Costa Mesa, CA) explains why the inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility of the Bible matters. Please read it and digest its content and application.
After reading the article, I urge you to demand nothing less than this from your pastor or church. Ask the hard questions, ask specific questions … and if your pastor or church do not fully embrace the Bible completely as God’s Word, hold them accountable for it. The Lord will show you how to do that. Don’t let them get away with it.
Not only do pastors and churches have a responsibility before Almighty God to uphold the full inspiration of the Bible, they also have a responsibility to teach, preach, and live accordingly. We’ve heard the commercials coming from Carl’s Jr.: eat like you mean it. Now it’s time for pastors and churches (and the true believers in those churches) to live like you mean it. That is, pastors and churches have a solemn duty to teach, preach, and live like the Bible is God’s Word … fully inspired by Him, all 66 books, without error, and completly accurate in everything it asserts.
It’s time for true believers everywhere to rise up and demand nothing less from themselves and from those who are over them in the Lord. Remember, it’s not only the preachers and teachers who will answer to God one day, but also the hearers.