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The doctrine of the authority and inerrancy of Scripture is that, as a corollary of the inspiration of Scripture, the God-breathed Scriptures are wholly true in all things that they assert in the original autographs and therefore function with the authority of God’s own words.

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The doctrine of the authority and inerrancy of Scripture is rooted in the doctrine of God; as God is true and trustworthy, so is his word recorded in the original autographs of Scriptures. This means that all things that the Scriptures assert are wholly true, both in the Old Testament, the Scriptures of Jesus and the apostles, and in the New Testament, the writings of the apostles. So far as the original autographs have been faithfully copied, translated, and passed down, Scripture is inerrant in its copies. This inerrancy means that all things that the Scriptures assert function with the authority of God’s own Word for Christians.

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Biblical Authority in an Age of Uncertainty

Recovering biblical doctrine requires recognizing biblical authority. This lesson from church history reminds us that we need to make thorough and reasonable arguments, all the while keeping our finger in the text and making our conclusions from the text. Don Carson, Tim Keller, and John Piper discuss the challenge for Christians today, who live in …

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