Inerrancy Is Indispensable

The Battle For the Bible, by Harold Lindsell (Zondervan, 1976, 288 pp., $6.95), is reviewed by Francis RueSteele, home director, North Africa Mission, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

What is the Bible: a record of man’s search for God or God’s revelation of himself to man? What does “inspiration” of the Bible mean: does the Bible inspire or motivate man or is it inspired of God and therefore entirely trustworthy for man? And what has inerrancy got to do with it? This is the single most important issue confronting the Church today because it is basic to all others.

And this is the subject of Harold Lindsell’s latest book. It is a timely book, since it seems that evangelicals who do not accept biblical inerrancy are not aware of the seriousness and danger of their decision, and also many evangelicals who believe in inerrant Scriptures are not sufficiently aware of the threat to biblical Christianity that denying this doctrine presents. The author’s stated purpose for writing his book is to encourage frank, open discussion, especially among evangelicals, that will, hopefully, confirm committed Christians and restore those who have doubts or questions about inerrancy and its importance.

Over the centuries grave theological issues have arisen in the Church regarding such basic doctrines as the Trinity, the natures of Christ, and the personality of the Holy Spirit. And they have always been resolved by appeal to the authority of Scripture. The issues that led to the Reformation arose not from the reliability of the Bible but from false interpretations of and additions to Scripture. Therefore, they too were solved through an appeal to the teachings of authoritative Scripture. In the last two centuries, however, ...

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