Scripture - We Believe That All 66 Books Of The Bible Are God's Infallible Word

Scripture - What We Believe In Detail

  1. We affirm that the Bible is to be received as the authoritative Word of God.

    We deny that the Bible receives its authority from a Church, from human or religious tradition or from any other human source.

  2. We affirm that the Bible is the supreme written norm by which God binds the Christian conscience. We further affirm that the authority of the Church is subordinate to the authority of Scripture.

    We deny that Church creeds, councils, or declarations have authority greater than or equal to the authority of the Bible.

  3. We affirm that the written scriptures contained in the Bible are revelation given by God.

    We deny that the Bible is merely a witness to revelation or only becomes revelation in encounter or depends on the responses of men for its validity.

  4. We affirm that God who made mankind in His image used language as His means of revelation in the Scriptures.

    We deny that human language is so limited by our creatureliness that it is rendered inadequate as a vehicle for divine revelation. We further deny that the corruption of human culture and language through sin has thwarted God's work of inspiration in the Scriptures.

  5. We affirm that the whole of Scripture and all its parts, down to the very words, was given by divine inspiration.

    We deny that the inspiration of Scripture can rightly be affirmed of the whole without the parts or of some parts but not the whole.

  6. We affirm that inspiration was the work in which God by His Spirit, through human writers, gave us His written word. The origin of Scripture is divine, not human.

    We deny that inspiration of the Scriptures can be reduced to human insight or human wisdom.

  7. We affirm that God in His Work of inspiration utilized the experiences, distinctive personalities and literary styles of the writers whom He chose and prepared.

    We deny that God, in causing these writers to use the very words that He chose, overrode their personalities.

  8. We affirm that inspiration did not confer omniscience but did guarantee true and trustworthy utterance on all matters of which God moved the human authors of Scripture to write.

    We deny that the human frailty of these writers by necessity or otherwise, introduced distortion or falsehood into God's Inspired words.

  9. We affirm that Scripture, having been given by divine inspiration, is infallible, so that, far from misleading us, it is always true and reliable in every subject it addresses.

    We deny that it is possible for the Bible to be at the same time both infallible and errant in its assertions. Infallibility and Inerrancy go hand in hand.

  10. We affirm that Scripture in its entirety is Inerrant, being free from all falsehood, fraud and deceit.

    We deny that Biblical Infallibility and Inerrancy are limited to spiritual, religious or redemptive themes but do not apply to assertions in the fields of history and science. We further deny that scientific theories about earth history can be used to overturn the teaching of Scripture on creation and the flood.

  11. We affirm the necessity of using Inerrancy as a theological term with reference to the complete truthfulness of Scripture.

    We deny that it is proper to evaluate Scripture according to standards of truth and error that are alien to its own usage or purpose. We further deny that inerrancy is negated by Biblical phenomena such as a lack of modern technical precision, irregularities of grammar or spelling, general observational descriptions of nature, the reporting of falsehoods, the use of hyperbole or other figures of speech and round numbers, the topical arrangement of material, variant selections of material in parallel accounts or the use of free citations.

  12. We affirm the unity and internal consistency of Scripture.

    We deny that alleged errors and discrepancies that have not yet been resolved to the satisfaction of some, in any way challenge the truth claims of the Bible.

  13. We affirm that the doctrine of Inerrancy is grounded in Biblical teaching about Inspiration.

    We deny that Jesus' teaching about Scripture may be dismissed by appeals to accommodation or to any natural limitation of His humanity.

  14. We affirm that the doctrine of Inerrancy has been integral to Christian faith throughout history, Psalm 12:6-7, Psalm 119:128, 140, 151, Luke 24:25, Acts 24:14, II Timothy 3:16-17.

    We deny that Inerrancy is a recent doctrine invented by Scholastic Protestantism or is a reactionary position conceived in response to German Rationalism and negative higher criticism.

  15. We affirm that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the Scriptures, assuring believers of the truthfulness of God's written Word.

    We deny that this witness of the Holy Spirit operates in isolation from or in opposition to Scripture.

  16. We affirm that the text of Scripture is to be interpreted by grammatico-historicaI exegesis, taking account of its literary forms and devices, its historical context and the understanding of the original recipients of Scripture. We further affirm that Scripture is to interpret Scripture.

    We deny the legitimacy of any treatment of the text or quest for sources underlying the text of scripture that leads to relativizing, dehistoricizlng or discounting its teaching or rejecting its internal claims to divine authorship.

  17. We affirm that recognition of the full Authority, Infallibility and Inerrancy of Scripture is vital to a sound understanding of the Christian faith. We further affirm that such recognition should lead to increasing conformity of individual Christians to the image of Christ.

This Statement of Faith is based on The 1978 Chicago Statement on Inerrancy.

So that there is no misunderstanding, we deny that believing in Inerrancy is a requirement for salvation. You can be a born-again, blood-bought believer in Jesus Christ without believing in Inerrancy.

However, we believe that not believing in Inerrancy has serious, negative repercussions for the body of Christ and for your own personal spiritual growth.

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