"As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." - Psalm 18:30

The Inerrancy of God's Will

By Roger Leonard

I recently reviewed a book by Harry Rimmer,
Inspiration and Revelation Equals the Bible. (Wm. B. Errdmans Pub. Co., Grand Rapids, 1946). Mr. Rimmer concluded that 1) “The Bible is a supernatural Book, in that the Holy Spirit has constructed its parts, and preserved its content free from error and human weakness, thus deserving of the name ‘Word of God.’ 2) The process by which this result and perfection are reached is called inspiration, and applied to the entire Bible, the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. The Bible in its entirety is the Word of God!” (p. 66). Those who agree with this conclusion understand that when Paul penned 2 Tim. 3:16, he meant the entirety of Scripture. God has providentially made sure that we have all of His Word. (Cf. 2 Peter 1:3; Jude 3.) It is complete and is indeed inerrant!

If you want to see some folks in the body of Christ get worked up, then set forth the proposition that the Bible contains errors. Corrupt thinking of this nature has caused more than one stir among the denominational world for years, and rightfully so. It would have the same affect among faithful people of God.

The inerrancy of God’s will implies the inerrancy of the Word of God itself; but, God’s commands are likewise without error and are, therefore, to be fully obeyed. One cannot boldly declare the inerrancy of Scripture and at the same time flout what the Scriptures command! One cannot say he believes the Bible and fail to obey its precepts. The Psalmist well establishes our two points: “The law of the Lord is perfect (...without blemish, complete, full, perfect, … sound, without spot, undefiled, … whole. Strong’s Concordance), converting the soul.” (Psalm 19:7) James wrote: “. . . receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:21b - 22) James is writing to Christians. Applying this point to evangelistic endeavors, it is of equal importance for Christians to do all of God’s will in seeking the lost, teaching the lost, baptizing the lost, teaching the newly saved, and doing all within our power to maintain the cause of Christ, as it is in holding up the Word itself as perfect truth. If we do our part in teaching, encouraging, correcting, working, praying, and giving, we then by our actions will say that obedience to the commands is as weighty as the inerrancy of the message itself!

(Edited and adapted from Roger Leonard's Editorial in the Latin American Missions Newsletter, Vol. 51, No. 3, Fall 2009)