PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
(Official communication to the public)
THE THREE “INS”
It has been said that for a table to stand it must have at least three legs. Remove one and it will fall over. In a similar way Christianity stands or falls on three legs: Inspiration, infallibility and inerrancy of scripture. Like the table, remove one and the divine authority of the Christian faith will fall. These three “ins’” support the essential doctrines of the Christian faith such as; origin of man, sin, salvation, atonement and the resurrection to eternal life, to name a few. If the bible is not reliable and trustworthy in all it says beginning with the very first word, then these doctrines stand on a table with two legs and will surely collapse.
Why is a high view of scripture important? Because it alone will lead you unto truth. Truth about God, life, eternal life and how you understand and interpret the events of life. Without it, it is impossible to find peace with God, self and navigate through this life.
The first of the “ins” is inspiration. Simply put it refers to the origin of scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. The bible you hold in your hand is ‘God-breathed’, words given by God to its authors. Perhaps a better word would be expiration – not an ending of life, but the word going out from God to its authors rather than words coming from within the author. We naturally think of inspiration as receiving an idea to voice or write about. The bible is not like the ‘inspiration’ that comes to an author of a novel. Scripture is God’s very words. This sets the bible above every other book and above all religious writings as it is the only writing from God.
This view flies in the face of the modern view that the bible is the inspired word of God and the word of man. Thus, you no longer have a book solely from God, but also from fallible man. Question: how does one know what is from God and what is from man? You don’t, but again fallible man with his limited knowledge will decide what is of God and what is of man. This is how evil creeps into the church.
I, and the AALC and other Lutheran church bodies will stick to what the bible says about itself: “All scripture is God-breathed. . . .”!
The next time you read your bible remember you are reading the very words given by God, not the authors.
(Next week the other “ins”)
Pr. Bob Snitzer
By the Way: Wednesday 8, 3:30. Confirmation class.
6:30PM Bible Study. Anyone is welcome.
Sunday 12, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: The Verdict
10:15 Sunday school for all.
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