The Infallibility of Bible Scripture
By John Armes
All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God
The Bible is our standard by which we compare all things. If the Bible is not totally true and we only believe parts of it, than none of the Bible is true. What parts will we believe and what parts will we not. The Bible is the complete word of God, everything in it is what he wants us to know. It is holy as God is Holy, and we must not change a single thing about it. If we are preaching or teaching it, we have the responsibility to give it in it’s totality just as God has revealed it to us in his word (the Bible). If we do change things differently than what is written, we will suffer the peril of Gods wrath and also be judged for deceiving those we are supposed to be shepherding…
2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
2Ti 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
2Ti 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
A New Prophet like Moses
As a preacher/teacher of the Word, we must be careful not to say things that aren’t written in the Bible and then to say it was from God. The prophet of God has a big responsibility to rightly divide (interpret) the word of God and he will be judged harshly for teaching false principles. Christ was hardest on the Pharisees and Sadducees who were the religious rulers of that day. In fact, he called them hypocrites. On the other hand, if you reject a prophet that has come in Gods name, than you were also rejecting God himself. Back in the Old Testament God would give his prophets and preachers wonders, miracles and signs so the people knew that he was from God. If the miracles and wonders came true than the people would know that he was from God. The reason God did this is because very few could read during that time and they had no direct access to the Bible. But today the Bible is in nearly every store here in the US and many nations across the world, so it is no longer needed for preacher/teachers to preform miracles.
Deu 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Deu 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
Deu 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
Deu 18:21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
Deu 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Jesus Is Coming
These words from John in Revelation are a strong reminder of the false teachers that will be encountered in the last days before Christ comes back to claim his church in the second coming. It is also a warning to those who would add or take away anything from the Bible. Their fate could be plagues or they could be taken out of the book of life as John explains below…
Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Rev 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
In order to not be led astray by the false prophets of our day, we must read and learn the Bible for ourselves. It is said that when you pray, you speak to God, but when you read the Bible, God talks to you.
Many say they can’t read the Bible because there are parts of it that are confusing and they cannot understand. While that may be true, there are parts of it that are crystal clear. The idea is that the more you read, the more that you will eventually understand. You see, you have to toil and study to show yourself approved. You have to seek to find. Perhaps it is not meant to be easy. God rewards the man who will desperately seek to know him. It is as important as this – at the end of our lives we will hear one of two things as we pass from this world and meet Jesus Christ face to face, He will either say “well done my faithful and obedient servant, enter the gates of Heaven and on to your reward” or “depart from me you worker of iniquity for I never knew you, enter into the place prepared for the Satan and his demons”. So, how can we know Jesus and God ? We must learn about them in the Bible. To learn who they are we must search the scriptures. That is how we get to know him and that prayer is how he gets to know us. Of course God knows who all of us are, he made us, but the Bible is talking about knowing him in the spiritual sense and as being Christs follower. If you are truly a follower of Christ you will be reading your Bible to learn more about him. If you had found that significant “soul mate” here on earth and you were in a romantic relationship, wouldn’t you want to get to know that person and all about them. Same with God, and Christ… If you are truly seeking him, than you will be wanting to read all about him to know what you would be doing as his follower. It is great to go to church and have a good pasture, but it should never take place of you reading your Bible for yourself… Pull it off the shelf, dust it off, and begin at Genesis 1 and don’t stop until you reach the end of Revelation. When you get done, do it again and this time, read the chronological Bible. You may find that you can’t put it down… A journey and a mystery awaits you… Don’t let it pass you by…