Beneath The Surface: An Editorial Comment -- By: Scott Lanser

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 23:4 (Fall 2010)
Article: Beneath The Surface: An Editorial Comment
Author: Scott Lanser


Beneath The Surface: An Editorial Comment

Scott Lanser

The authority of the Bible is the central focus for the Associates for Biblical Research and we stand unreservedly for the inerrancy of the Scriptures. We are witnessing all around us the compromise of those in higher education and in church leadership who name Jesus as Savior and Lord, but who feel at ease questioning the veracity of the Word of God. Somehow the approval of men has become more important for some as they seek to stay in good standing among those in the world of biblical scholarship.

The motivation of some in pastoral and spiritual leadership to compromise may have more to do with a desire to focus on the felt needs of those struggling through the effects of our postmodern culture (and the Fall), and thus seeing those concerns as more important than the “academic” debate over the authority of the Bible. The very nature of the debilitating effects of postmodern philosophy makes taking a stand for absolute truth “uncomfortable” in the face of the powerful but delusional concept that relating to human needs is far more important than being correct in doctrine. Stressing that anything is absolutely true and right is simply unpopular in this age, which views with equanimity every viewpoint and opinion. This would explain while on the one hand they outwardly claim to believe the Bible to be the Word of God, they then equivocate when certain difficult questions confront them. These difficult questions are often the ones that the staff of ABR take head-on in order to assist pastors in their ministry. We seek to give solid answers to important biblical questions and to encourage pastors to stand firmly for the authority of Scripture.

More than ever, there needs to be a true revival among our Christian educators and spiritual leaders so that the transformed life that they teach and preach about can be seen to have a substantive foundation in the clear teaching of the Bible’s absolute authority. And we need to heed the warnings of Scripture to seek only God’s approval in our ministry, and equally, to avoid submitting to the “wisdom” of the “scholars” of this age when it conflicts with Scripture. Truth is at stake… and the eternal well-being of souls. We simply must return to the Word of God and proclaim its absolute truthfulness and authority, so that its transforming power will be unadulterated by the vacillating whims of men. God’s presence, His true voice, is in His Word, and we must never water it down in order to make it acceptable to men.

Two important Scriptures come to mind:

  • “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was please...
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