Our first fundamental statement of faith relates to the Bible itself. Last week, we touched upon the necessity of specifically mentioning the preservation of Scriptures, which reads:
1. The verbal, plenary divine inspiration and preservation of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and, as the Word of God, the supreme and final authority in faith and life;
What's the big deal with preservation? Preservation of scripture is a tangible test of God's covenant faithfulness across the millennia. If God cannot preserve His Word as He promised in Psalm 12:6 and Isaiah 59:21, then God is a liar, and you have no reason to believe He will preserve your soul, or keep any of His great promises. A church weak on the doctrine of preservation of Scripture will be a faith-undermining church. We know!
The Far Eastern Bible College of Singapore (febc.edu.sg) nicely summarize the doctrinal impacts: "Our perfect Lord and His perfect Word are the foundation of our faith. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3). It is only when we have a 100% perfect, infallible and inerrant Bible can we say the Bible is our only and final authority, and foundation of faith. If there is no such an infallible and inerrant Bible today, then the so-called 'scholar' becomes the supreme authority, and we have to kowtow to his subjective and speculative judgments on and corrections of the Bible. Some may want to trust the words of men, but we trust only the words of our Lord °"
"The Bible itself which is our supreme and final authority of faith and practice clearly teaches its plenary inspiration, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and its verbal preservation, For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled (Matt 5:18), Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (Matt 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33). The doctrine of the 100% inspiration (VPI) and 100% preservation (VPP) of each and every word of the Bible is as old as the Bible itself. It is certainly NOT a new teaching or theory, and definitely NOT a false doctrine."