The Doctrine of the Bible
The relationship that exists between the Bible and Christianity is undisputed among
conservative theologians who hold to the historic view of inspiration and biblical authority.
Harold Lindsell, who has represented evangelical Christianity as editor of
says, “The Bible is the starting point, or the source, of our religious knowledge.”
that statement, he was identifying with past generations who held to a similar position on the
importance of the Bible.
Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952) wrote,
Christianity is the religion of a Book.
Christianity is based upon the impregnable
rock of Holy Scripture.
The starting point of all doctrinal discussion must be the Bible.
Upon the foundation of the Divine inspiration of the Bible stands or falls the entire
edifice of Christian truth.
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Surrender the dogma of verbal inspiration and you are left like a rudderless
ship on a stormy sea, at the mercy of every wind that blows.
When Arthur Pink was born, the 1644 public statement by Baptists of their belief in the
Bible [below] had been written for nearly two hundred and fifty years.
THE 1644 CONFESSION OF THE PARTICULAR BAPTISTS
Christianity is as credible as its foundation which is the immutable rock of
But this Book is no natural book, for it claims to be a divine revelation,
penned by human authors.
As such, the Bible has dual authorship, written by men in
their own language, yet the process was supernaturally guided by the Holy Spirit so that
both words and messages are without error or mistake.
The following rational argument
. The Rule of this Knowledge, Faith and Obedience, concerning the
worship and service of God, and all other Christian duties, is not man’s
inventions, opinions, devices, laws, constitutions, or traditions unwritten
whatsoever, . . . but onely the Word of God contained in the Canonicall
Scriptures [archaiac spelling in original].
. In this written Word God hath plainly revealed whatsoever he hath
thought needfull for us to know, beleeve, and acknowledge, touching the Nature
and Office of Christ, in whom all the promises are Yea and Amen to the praise