J.I. Packer on Inerrancy

Edit: OK, Kevin DeYoung has almost this exact same post today! Total coincidence, I set this to go yesterday. Very funny.

Just wanted to share one quotation from last Sunday’s morning sermon, from Truth and Power: The Place of Scripture in the Christian Life. I’ve noticed that even very important topics I tend to discuss academically and dispassionately, unfortunately – but fortunately, I can quote other people.

Any degree of skepticism about the portrait of Christ, the promises of God, the principles of godliness, and the power of the Holy Spirit, as biblically presented, has the effect of enslaving us to our own alternative ideas about these things, and thus we miss something of the freedom, joy, and vitality that the real Christ bestows. God is very patient and merciful, and I do not suggest that those who fall short here thereby forfeit all knowledge of Christ, though I recognize that when one sits loose to Scripture this may indeed happen. But I do maintain most emphatically that one cannot doubt the Bible without far-reaching loss, both of fullness of truth and of fullness of life. If therefore we have at heart spiritual renewal for society, for churches and for our own lives, we shall make much of the entire trustworthiness–that is, the inerrancy–of Holy Scripture as the inspired and liberating Word of God.

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