Influential Christian Works: Inspiration by A.A. Hodge & B.B. Warfield
In April 1881, A.A. Hodge and B.B. Warfield published an article in The Presbyterian Review called Inspiration. The purpose of their article was to defend the doctrines of the inspiration and infallibility of the Bible. Hodge and Warfield sought to refute the claims that the Bible had errors and that parts of Scripture were not God’s Word.
With that being said, a lot has changed since 1881 and today we might wonder, should Christians doubt the inspiration and infallibility of the Scriptures? The answer - by no means! These doctrines are just as true today, as they have always been, and as they always will be.
In one portion of their article, Hodge and Warfield made a point that historically the Christian church has always confirmed the doctrines of inspiration and infallibility. From the time of the early church, throughout the middle ages and the Reformation, and as it continued into the 1800s, the Christian church has always confessed and believed in these doctrines. Meaning, the church has always believed that the whole Bible is God’s Word and it is without error. The point being, when people say they doubt the inspiration and infallibility of the Bible or that the Scripture has errors and portions are not true, this does not reflect the teachings of Christianity.
Unfortunately, these core doctrines are still questioned today. I believe that our theology of the Bible shows the state of our true spiritual nature. Do you come to the Bible with the skepticism of an unbeliever? Do you have a lack of trust and confidence when you read the Scriptures? Do you look to outside sources to validate God’s holy text? Or do you come to God’s Word in faith, trusting in your relationship with Christ as Lord and Savior, truly believing that God is perfect, that He is without error and sin, that there is no fault within Him, and that the very own concept and reality of truth comes from His being? If Christians believe those things about God, why should they have any doubt that He would give mankind a book of errors? His Word - the Bible in its sixty-six books - is divine, perfect, inerrant, and infallible.
Are you teaching yourself, your family, your children, and your grandchildren to love God’s Word and to see it as perfect? Or do you skip family devotionals and family worship? Do you neglect to read God’s Word together in your own homes with your friends and family? Do you come to church with a facade, claiming you love Christ and the divine Scriptures? Sadly, the reality might be that you do not even care about the preeminence of God’s Word in your home and in your life. This is why a love and right understanding of Scripture is a good indicator of your spiritual state. How can we say we love God yet forsake His written Word to us?
Hodge and Warfield’s article is a good and classic reminder for Christians to cherish God’s Word.
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