Hold To A Full View Of Scripture
If we evangelicals are to be evangelicals, we must not compromise our view of Scripture. There is no use for evangelicalism seemingly to get larger and larger if at the same time appreciable parts of evangelicalism are getting soft at what is the core, namely, the Scriptures. There is no use having greater numbers if the whole thing is diluted.
We must say with sadness that some seminaries, institutions and individuals known as evangelical no longer hold to a full view of Scripture. The issue is clear: is the Bible true truth and infallible wherever it speaks, including where it speaks of history and the cosmos, or is it only in some sense revelational where it touches religious subjects?
The heart of neo-orthodox existential theology is that the Bible gives us a quarry out of which to have religious experience, but that the Bible contains mistakes where it touches that which is verifiable – namely, history and science. Unhappily in some circles this concept now has come into what is called evangelicalism, saying that not all the Bible is revelational, or saying that the Bible teaches little or nothing when it speaks of the cosmos.
Martin Luther said, “If I profess with the loudest voice the clearest exposition of every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ.”
In our day that point is the question of Scripture. A holding to a strong view of Scripture or not holding to it is the watershed of the evangelical world. We must say most lovingly but clearly: evangelicalism is not consistently evangelical unless there is a line drawn between those who take a full view of Scripture and those who do not.
– By Francis Schaeffer. An extract from an address at the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. Reprinted from Life Indeed.