Holy Scripture: Revelation, Inspiration, Inerrancy, Canon

All Scripture is God-breathed. (2 Tim. 3:16) I affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness, and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written revelation of God. (2 Pet. 1:21) I affirm that it is without error and contradiction in the original manuscripts, absolutely reliable, and wholly true. I believe Sola Scriptura affirms the perfections of Scripture in the context of understanding Scripture as the uniquely inspired Word of God. It is the one and only infallible, authoritative, and trustworthy rule for faith and practice.

I believe Scripture cannot contain anything false or fraudulent. I believe inspiration by God, through the Holy Spirit, caused the writers of the Bible to write an accurate and inerrant revelation of God. I believe the law of the Lord is perfect and true. (Ps. 19:7, 9; 119:160) Like the apostle John, I confess, “Your word is truth.” (John 17:17) I believe God speaks without contradiction or flaw (Prov. 30:5-6; Ps. 18:30). I believe it is impossible for God to lie. (Hebrews 6:18) God is a God of truth. I believe the character of God demands inerrancy, for God cannot err. The Bible contains God’s words; therefore, Bible is wholly true and inerrant. (Ps. 12:6; Acts 24:14; John 10:35)

I believe the Holy Scriptures are true in everything they affirm. The reliability of the canon is supported by internal and external evidences concerning the authenticity of the books of the Bible, the credibility of the contents of the Bible, its unity, the precise fulfillment of biblical prophecy, and the archaeological confirmation of the accuracy of the Bible on historical, geographical, and cultural matters. Scripture is not deceptive in what it has set out to achieve. I believe the canon is authoritative in and of itself because it is the word of God, who is Himself truth. Scripture is perfect in the sense of a fullness or completeness, lacking nothing. In this unique perfection of its 66 books, the canon needs no addition and is therefore closed. The canon of Holy Scripture provides us with all that we need to know about God’s redemptive purpose for mankind.


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