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Religion • GREG HOLT on Trusting The Bible

As readers know, this columnist is very strict when it comes to handling the Word of God and the Christian faith itself. Sharing God’s Word is a serious responsibility. That sacred Word must be shared truthfully without compromise. GREG HOLT,a servant of God,is the founder and editor of the excellent news site, The Olive Branch Report. His current story about why we should be concerned with the inerrancy of the Bible was so much on target that he was asked and granted his permission for it to be published on this website.

The Inerrancy of the Bible and Why This Should Concern You
by GREG HOLT

August 20, 2017

I recently listened to a service in which the pastor was expounding on the Word of God – specifically the truth of God’s Word.

This raises the question: Is the Word of God, the Bible, inspired – or is the Bible inerrant? If one believes the Bible to be the Word of God in truth, there can only be one answer to this question – the Bible is inerrant. In other words, the Bible is God’s Word expressed through those who wrote it, without error. Many different people wrote the books that make up the Bible, but the words they wrote were inspired by the Holy Spirit – not from they themselves.

The Apostle Paul speaks of the inerrant truth of God’s Word:

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Obviously Paul believes the Word to be the Word of God, and not of man. What do you believe?

I cannot say this is anything new, but I can say that the inerrancy of the Bible is being attacked now more so then ever before. This is an extremely dangerous trend orchestrated by Satan. I cannot even begin to relay to you just how serious this is. If one begins to doubt even parts of the Bible, what is next? Believing the entire Bible is just a collection of made up stories meant to scare us, possibly to “make us behave properly?”

During the service I listened to, the pastor was describing a conversation he had had with a seminary student. This future pastor of the Word said that almost an entire semester was spent looking for the mistakes in the Bible concerning King David. Uh, what? How’s that again?

The reason behind this search for mistakes in the Bible concerning King David? There was no proof of the actual existence of King David or of King Solomon! What do I mean by proof? No one had, until recently found any archeological proof of King David and King Solomon’s existence.

Can you understand how dangerous this is, or the severe repercussions of this kind of thinking? The premise of this kind of thinking is this: In order to believe what is in the Bible is accurate and true, there must be physical proof found by man. In this writer’s opinion, this is even more serious than the New Age thinking permeating the Church. There are many wolves in the Church of today.

Allow me to give you some examples:

There was a pastor who doubted God’s Word – he went on to found the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has wreaked havoc all over the U.S. including in my own hometown.

How about a worship pastor – Michael Gongor who says Genesis is not true?

How about Eugene Peterson – a pastor who wrote The Message bible, which is NO bible at all! If you doubt this, click the link and read what I wrote about The Message, it’s an eye opener.

It’s bad enough that many “Christians” doubt the veracity of the Bible, but now we have pastors being TRAINED to doubt that the very words of God are actually His Words! What kind of damage do you think these future “pastors” might do if they conform to this indoctrination of disbelief? I shudder to think…

Please understand something here – the enemy has no need of attacking God directly, it is much more effective to place doubt in the minds of a believer or someone who is searching for the truth on God. Satan is clever, insidious, and underhanded – never forget this. Do you doubt Satan is real? Another ploy of the enemy that goes hand in hand with doubting God’s Word – after all, the Bible clearly states that Satan is real! James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:8, 1 John 3:8, Romans 16:20

Read my interview with Satan, not real of course but a convincing read, then share it everywhere!

Those who doubt God’s Word as being inerrant are traveling down a very slippery slope, undertaking a perilous journey that will not end well.

Pastors need to be fully convinced of the truth of God’s Word – ALL of it. Otherwise, they have no business teaching it, and none of us should be listening to those who do not uphold the inerrancy of the Bible. Pastors are the shepherds of the sheep after all, if these shepherds doubt the Word – how can they possibly be effective as pastors?

Isaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

To see the entire story as published on The Olive Branch Report with several links providing more information click here:
http://theolivebranchreport.com/the-inerrancy-of-the-bible-and-why-this-should-concern-you/

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Greg Holt
Since 2014, Christian news magazine The Olive Branch Report has featured the insightful writing and reporting of Greg Holt. His writing has been featured on American Prophet, American Clarion, Eagle Rising, Capitol Hill Outsider, Sons of Liberty Media, Rev. Austin Miles, and others. Greg is also the Publisher and Editor of Inspirational Christian Blogs.
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