The Bible And Right Conduct -- By: Kenneth L. Frans
CenQ 11:2 (Summer 1968) p. 17
The Bible And Right Conduct
Dean Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, Minnesota
It has probably never been more true than it is today that Christianity is at the crossroads. Jesus Christ did say that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church, but He did not say that they would not try to prevail. The Apostle Paul knew whereof he spoke when he said “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12). The true churches of Christ have always been under attack from forces without and even at times from those supposedly within the pale of Christianity. But what makes the present situation difficult and fraught with such dire consequences is that the basic guidebook, God’s Holy Word, is called into question—even by those who profess belief in God’s Word.
Although today there are many points at which the battle between supernaturalism and naturalism is being fought, there is one battleground in particular where the fighting is raging. This battle has to do with the relationship of the Bible to the Church. More properly we might say it has to do with the very nature of the Bible itself.
The relationship of the Scriptures to the self-revelation of God. Baptists have always held to the infallibility of the word of God. By this inspiration and infallibility is meant that the Scriptures are literally “God breathed” (II Tim. 3:16). God through supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit led the authors of the Bible in the employment of the words they used and preserved them from all errors.
The Bible claims to be a divine revelation. It is called “the Scriptures.” While only once this term is used in the Old Testament (Dan. 10:21), it is found fifty-six times in the New Testament, such as, “Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures” (Matt. 22:29); “He opened to us the Scriptures” (Luke 24:32); “Search the Scriptures” (John 5:39). It also claims to be divinely inspired. The Scriptures are God-breathed, and what is of extreme importance is that “inspiration”
CenQ 11:2 (Summer 1968) p. 18
has to do with “all Scripture,” the word being derived from the Latin, meaning “in-breathed.”
Inspiration then refers to the words, and thus we speak of “verbal inspiration.” The Scriptures tell...
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