(Review) The Scripture Cannot Be Broken: Twentieth Century Writings on the Doctrine of Inerrancy, edited by John MacArthur
Genre: Nonfiction, apologetic, Bible.
Source: Free copy from Crossway in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Available at Amazon, Christian Book.
John MacArthur has compiled a work of fourteen essays in defense of the Bible. Fourteen essays written by men who have knowledge, training, and an abiding love for God's Word.
The goal of the book is to respond to the current belief (both in the world and church) that the Bible is not trustworthy. Many people believe the Bible is outdated, filled with mistakes, and not relevant for the modern world. However, society and culture do not teach nor determine how we are to live and what we are to believe.
The book is divided into five sections:
- "Historical Perspective."
There are fourteen chapters.
Some examples of the chapter titles:
- "The Attestation of Scripture" by John Murray
- "Scripture" by J.I. Packer
- "Verbal Inspiration in Church History" by R. Laird Harris
- "The Meaning of Inerrancy of Scripture" by Robert Preus.
Additional contributors: Harold Lindsell, J. Barton Payne, John M. Frame, Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Edward J Young, Alan M. Stibbs, Rene Pache, Paul D. Feinberg, Roger R. Nicole, and Gordon R. Lewis.
There are two words repeated throughout the fourteen essays, inerrancy and inspiration. To see these two words repeated, although taught in various ways, helped. This is my first reason for giving The Scripture Cannot Be Broken 5 stars for excellent. The essays are academic. To zero-in on a two word emphasis helped me to keep focus. Each of the chapters are written by men of different writing styles and personalities, yet it helped me to concentrate on their intention and aim. I enjoyed reading about the history of the church, early church father's writings, the Bible's witness to itself, Scripture interprets Scripture, the definition of inspiration, and the unity of Scripture. In each of these topics, the focus is on helping me understand the Bible is the inerrant and inspired Word of God.
The Scripture Cannot Be Broken is academic and some readers maybe intimidated by the book. I considered it a challenge.
We live in an era where we must know what we profess to believe. To state "I am a Christian" means little to the kosmos/world. Reading and studying the Bible is important, understanding why we believe in God and his Word is imperative.
To believe in God means we have trust and have put our faith in Him, "with an implication that actions based on that trust may follow." Definition from The Strongest Exhaustive Concordance."
"But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:14-15.
Link to read more information on the book, plus download an excerpt: The Scripture Cannot Be Broken.
John MacArthur has served as the pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. He is known for his verse-by-verse expository preaching, and his pulpit ministry has extended around the world via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of The Master’s College and Seminary, a four-year liberal arts Christian college. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
Scripture links courtesy of Bible Gateway.