My position on Biblical inerrancy is that God’s inspired revelation of Himself in the Holy Scriptures is accurate, reliable, without error, and therefore authoritative. Erickson describes this position accordingly, “Absolute inerrancy holds that the Bible, which includes rather detailed treatment of matters both scientific and historical, is fully true.” As a result, it is my firm conviction that the Bible is the Church’s first and final authority for all matters of faith, what we should believe, and practice, how we should live.
The theologian’s understanding of Biblical inerrancy is directly related to his position on the inspiration of Scripture. Erickson writes that, “Inerrancy is a corollary of the doctrine of full inspiration.” In II Timothy 3:16, the Apostle Paul writes, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (c.f. II Pet.1:21). The historic evangelical position on Biblical inspiration is that all Scripture is verbally inspired by God and is of plenary authority. Verbal inspiration is described by Erickson as being “that the Holy Spirit’s influence extends beyond the direction of thoughts to the selection of words used to convey the message.” He also defined inspiration as the “supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit on the Scripture writers which rendered their writings an accurate record of the revelation or which resulted in what they wrote actually being the Word of God.”
Since Scripture is verbally inspired by God, is can be understood to be accurate, reliable, and without error. The Bible is God’s special revelation of Himself to mankind in written form. Its transmission accurately records everything including the lies of men and Satan. Since the Bible is accurate, it is therefore dependable and worthy of our greatest trust. What follows is that Scripture is also inerrant to the point that it is absolutely authoritative. This authority is derivative because Scripture is a direct revelation from the God Who cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Skepticism over the authenticity of Holy Scripture is reflective of the theologian’s position on the character and integrity of Almighty God.
My position firmly rests on the absolute inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures because the Bible is the verbally inspired revelation of the benevolent, omnipotent, and transcendent Creator God of the universe. Holy Scripture is the standard by which individual believers in Jesus Christ and the corporate body of Christ determines orthodoxy and orthopraxy. It is never subservient to the autonomous human reasoning of fallen man which includes hermeneutical considerations from “science.” Such a precedent has been under severe attack since the garden therefore it is imperative for men of God who stand in the pulpit to stand unequivocally upon the Word of the God Who is and has clearly spoken (II Tim.4:2).