A seminary president’s view of God’s infallible word

In this time of world-shaking revolution, all of us, despite the comparative peace in the United States, are like prisoners chained in a jail on the edge of a volcano. The volcano has begun to erupt; the door has been locked and the key thrown away. We cannot escape, and there is no place to hide.

Immunity against destructive violence cannot be obtained at any price. Governments are being blown to pieces. Cultures are shattering, and it will apparently take a long time to piece their fragments together in some new pattern. Nor can we buy immunity against disintegrating criticism. Traditional beliefs are being turned inside out. To mention one striking example, we now have atheists who insist they are Christians—provided, of course, that Christianity has been properly redefined. No wonder our Humpty-Dumpty epoch is full of noise and confusion. As the angel Gabriel exclaims in Marc Connelly’s Green Postures, “Everything nailed down is coming loose!”

And in this explosive era we are called to serve Jesus Christ! At times we may wish God had called us to serve his Son in some age long vanished, an age of security when things stayed nailed down. But here we are, twentieth-century Christians, and here we must serve Jesus Christ. What can we anchor ourselves to?

The Bible, the Word of God, gives us truth immutably, infallibly, inerrantly. It furnishes a firm basis for faith and hope, for theology and ministry, for life and for all eternity.

First let us consider what Jesus Christ said about the need for a firm foundation:

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid ...
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