Inerrancy & Textual Criticism
In the excerpt below, Louis M. Kole discusses the error in doubting the veracity of His Word.
"Textual criticism introduced by Princeton Seminary is the Trojan horse in Reformed, evangelical, and fundamentalist Bibliology today. No Reformed, evangelical, or fundamentalist "scholar," without wanting to look stupid or foolish, would dare affirm without equivocation that the Bible in our hands today is infallible and inerrant, without any mistake."
The next few pages will present for us all we need to know to understand textual criticism in order for us to confidently identify the divinely preserved copy of the original text of the Word of God, kept 100% pure, inerrant, and authentic: a genuine original. First, let's start by stating our challenge with a question, then we'll provide the answer. Why have Pastors succumbed to naturalistic textual criticism as evidenced in the above quote?
The test whether or not we have can be easily diagnosed by asking one question: is there any Bible to which we can confidently point and boldly say, this is the 100% pure, inerrant Word of God? If our answer is no, then we've been infected with the bug of naturalistic textual criticism and have already succumbed to the disease, as evidenced by its manifesting symptom: our unbelief in the 100% purity of the copy of the Word of God, the Bible. Now, let's see how we contracted the virus and prescribe a remedy.
I submit there are two reasons we've lost faith in the authenticity and thereby authority of the Word of God:
1. The methods of naturalistic textual criticism are beyond our knowledge, so we defer to its claims of scientific scholarship.
2. Its validity is affirmed by our peers whose counsel we've come to trust, therefore, we believe on their faith (professors, fellow pastors).
In doing so, as Pastors, we conceded our divine role as the custodians of the Word of God to which we're to give faithful witness. This commission is illustrated by Apostle Paul in his charge to the young pastor Timothy, as well as by Apostle Peter to the elders:
"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" (2 Timothy 2:2).
"The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over [God's] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away" (1 Peter 5:1-4).
What is the Pastor to feed the flock of God? The answer is obvious: the food or Word of God as Jesus said: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. It falls to the Pastor to identify the 100% pure text of scripture that proceedeth out of the mouth of God and not man's, whereby he may lead the sheep to good pasture.
Above excerpt from paper by Louis M. Kole titled
Textual Criticism 101: Theological, Faith-Based versus Naturalistic, Rationalistic,
Believing or Neutral — as to Divine Inspiration, Divine Preservation, Divine Identification?