Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kantzer: the case for inerrancy

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    Feast of Benedict of Nursia, Father of Western Monasticism, c.550
I hate and abhor falsehood
    but I love your law.
Seven times a day I praise you
    for your righteous laws.
Great peace have they who love your law,
    and nothing can make them stumble.
    —Psalm 119:163-165 (NIV)
    The case for inerrancy rests precisely where it has always rested, namely, on the lordship of Christ and his commission to the prophets and apostles, who were his representatives. Because it rests on Christ and his authority, the question of inerrancy will therefore remain a key doctrine of the evangelical church so long as Christ is Lord. Evangelicals must remember, however, that this basis must be set forth anew for every generation. What was adequate for Gaussen, Pieper, and Warfield is still valuable, but it is not necessarily adequate to serve as the foundation for the thinking of our generation. The case for inerrancy must be made anew with each presentation of the gospel teaching.
    ... Kenneth S. Kantzer (1917-2002), “Evangelicals and the Doctrine of Inerrancy” [1963], in Foundation of Biblical Authority, ed. James Montgomery Boice, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978, p. 151-152 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 119:163-165; John 10:34-36; Rom. 3:2; 15:4; Gal. 3:8; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:19-21
Quiet time reflection:
    Grant, Lord, that I may trust Your word.
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