The Holy Scriptures.

The Bible is an infallible Book, and in the noble words of Hooker, the writers “neither spoke nor wrote one word of their own, but uttered syllable by syllable as the Spirit put it into their mouths; no otherwise than the harp or the lute doth give a sound according to the discretion of his hands that holdeth and striketh it with skill.” Nothing less than such a Word will suffice to anchor the fainting soul upon in the day of trouble and in the hour of death, or to satisfy a parched and weary spirit, athirst for the water of life, and craving the shadow of the great Rock. Unless the Scriptures be verbally inspired, there is no authoritative Court of Appeal; hence the great effort of Satan for more than fifty years past has been to assail the Bible as the very utterance of the Eternal. This has indeed ever been his aim, but especially in our times.

Unreservedly we accept the declaration that the Word written is “the Scripture of truth” (Dan 10:21); that it “cannot be broken” (Jn 10:35); that it is given in order “that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim 3:17); that it is a “light that shineth in a dark place” (2 Pet 2:2), and therefore cannot be quenched, but will be protected and upheld by God. Enemies fight against it, but they will never be able to extinguish the light of its testimonies. God’s Word and God’s works are absolutely harmonious. No one can dispute the facts of science, but the deductions drawn therefrom and the theories obtaining well nigh universal acceptance we unhesitatingly reject the moment they run counter to the plain and literal declarations of the Bible. To be faithful to it, is not only to preach truth, but to beat down hydra-headed error, and not to be afraid of the insolent or patronizing smile of down-grade and New Theology teachers. “Every word of God is pure” (Prov 30:5), and when applied to the heart by the Holy Spirit what blessedness and power are felt, and what force there is in the ministry of those in whom it is “as a burning fire.”

“Whene’er I read Thy sacred Word,
Bright on the page in glory shine;
And let me say this precious Lord
In all His full salvation’s mine.”



Comments

Comments are closed.

Copyright © 2011, The Association of Historic Baptists