The Future Is Bright For ABR! -- By: Scott Lanser

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 22:3 (Summer 2009)
Article: The Future Is Bright For ABR!
Author: Scott Lanser

The Future Is Bright For ABR!

Scott Lanser

The Associates for Biblical Research is known for archaeological fieldwork and painstaking biblical research. The work produced by ABR is widely used by Bible students, archaeologists, professors and teachers, some of whom believe the Bible to be the Word of God and some who do not. The one thing everyone can count on from ABR is extensive and careful analysis of scientific and biblical evidence.

This commitment to detailed scholarship is coupled with an equally important commitment to the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. Indeed, ABR is devoted to upholding the reliability of the Bible and to communicating the evidence that affirms the historical accounts of Scripture. As we look to the future, ABR will continue its commitment to these all-important objectives.

ABR is also committed to aggressively promoting the authority of the Bible. The Bible is increasingly under attack in a culture immersed in skepticism and cynicism. The witness of Christians becomes almost hollow in the minds of many non-Christian people as they hear believers share their testimonies. For many, the presentation of the Gospel is no different than hearing someone say they believe in the historical reality of fairy tales. No matter how passionately we may tell someone what Christ has done for us, it falls upon deaf ears because so many people simply do not believe that the accounts of Christ’s life in the Bible are true, let alone the accounts in Genesis and the rest of the Old Testament. How can they believe our message of the saving work of Christ, if they do not believe the scriptural record of what Christ has done? The Bible has been under attack in every period of history since the days of the apostles, and in our day the battle continues, only the weapons are different. Today’s attacks use the so-called “assured conclusions of science” to portray the biblical accounts as factually incorrect and as an unreliable source of scientific and historical information. These attacks are aimed squarely at the authority of the Bible. We must, and we will, respond to these arguments.

ABR file photo

The ABR Staff:
Michelle Santiago, Rick Lanser, Bryant Wood, Henry Smith, Gordon Franz, Scott Lanser.

It is imperative for us to engage the Christian universities and colleges, pastors and church leaders and forcefully argue for biblical authority. Those whom God has entrusted to teach our young people the truth of the Word of God MUST renew their commitment to the absolute authority of Scripture. How dreadful it will be on the Day of Judgment for anyo...

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