The church's historical belief in the truthfulness and trustworthiness of Scripture as God's written Word is being assaulted from without and from within. In Did God Really Say, seven scholars from Covenant Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary confront and repel many of these attacks. Reasoning clearly, cogently, and carefully, they show the historical doctrine of Scripture is what Scripture teaches about itself, and that this teaching can meet and defeat the ungodly intellectual schemes brought against it.
Did God Really Say? engages the discussion of the doctrine of scripture offering keen and relevant insight into its current issues. The ideas presented are paramount to the Church and will be of particular benefit to those seeking to defend the doctrine of scripture.
"It has been said that Christians are people of the Book and Christianity exists because of the Book. The Book referred to is the Bible The Word of God. God¹s Word has been attacked from the garden by Satan and our Savior¹s enemies in various ways at multiple times throughout the ages. The inerrancy and reliability of the Word of God is again under assault - not only from the outside but also from inside the professing evangelical church in extraordinarily subtle yet pernicious ways. Dr. David Garner has wonderfully given to us a volume which appropriately affirms, defends and defines the reliability and sufficiency of God¹s Word and at the same time equips the reader to not only profit from the Word of God but to also defend its priority and integrity. I invite you to every page in this book - each of which are filled to overflowing for your benefit."
"Just when the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture seemed matters of agreement among conservative theologians, along comes a new day and calls everything into question again. Kudos, then, to David Garner and his panel of writers for addressing the doctrine of Scripture again. Did God Really Say clears away the rubble of contemporary error and prejudice making way for clear thinking and orthodox confession on an issue of vital importance. Nothing could be more vital for our times and we are in their debt.
In every generation the church has to rearticulate its confidence in Scripture. From our first parents in the garden, to our Savior in the wilderness, to the Apostle's charge to Timothy the issue has been the same - 'did God really say?' How we answer that question will affect for better or worse the health of the church, our witness to the world, and the state of our souls. Whole denominations testify to the dangers of assuming or downgrading the Bible's inerrancy and authority. This book does not dodge the bullets or sound an uncertain note, rather it clearly and convincingly restates the historic and biblical account of Scripture's most basic claim to be God's word written.
Current discussion about the nature of Scripture circles around a plethora of topics, each of them painfully complicated. Here a handful of scholars tackles seven of them -- including the nature and development of the canon, the place of Warfield, God's relation to language, and the views of N. T. Wright. With firmness and fairness, not to say remarkable simplicity, these writers identify the fundamental issues and bring clarity to their joyful confessionalism.
The relentlessness of the challenges flung against the doctrine of Scripture through the ages has been matched only by the ingenuity of the forms in which they come. As in so many conventional conflicts, when an enemys attacks fail on one front it regroups and opens up new ones, so too in the spiritual battle that has raged around the Bible. In every generation the church has had to defend the integrity of Scripture as the Word of God on new fronts and ours is having to do the same. The contributors who have given us this volume are not only committed to high academic integrity, they are also committed to the highest view of Scripture. Their work speaks for itself as they refuse to duck the issues of our day, or hide behind mere Biblicism. Instead they patiently and clearly set out the truths and principles that have not only upheld the Bible through the centuries, but have preserved the church in her devotion to Christ.
It is refreshing in a day of doctrinal confusion to read the work of scholars who are unashamed of Biblical inerrancy, who have not succumbed to skeptical linguistics, and who are committed to the Reformed confessional viewpoint. The authors of Did God Really Say believe that the authority of Gods Word is derived from the Word itself. They hold that the church doctrine of divine inspiration is a faithful summary of what the Bible teaches regarding its own inspiration. They are not content to articulate the doctrine but call upon the church to follow out its implications by bowing in the dust before the authority of Gods inerrant Word.
The appearance of this volume is most welcome. At a time of increasing doctrinal imprecision and indifference with all too evident disastrous practical consequences for the life of the church and its mission, its authors uniformly address issues related to Scriptures nature, authority, sufficiency and clarity in ways that are timely and most beneficial. I commend it highly for a broad audiencepastors and other church leaders, college and seminary teachers no less than their students, as well as all others with an interest in these issues.
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