Should the Bible be defended as God's Word?
The second speaker was Mike Gendron, founder of Proclaiming The Gospel Ministries, a ministry established in 1991 to serve and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping and encouraging Christians to proclaim the Gospel clearly, faithfully and effectively. The ministry also exposes the fatal errors of Roman Catholicism and apostate Christianity, along with other faith movements such as the Emerging Church, Purpose Driven Church and the Church Growth Movement. They also proclaim the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ and exhort believers to contend earnestly for the faith until that glorious day.
Mike's topic at our conference was "The Truth of the Bible" (watch). Considered an expert on Christian doctrine, he did a masterful job of defending the Bible as the revealed Word of God.
Mike Gendron on the Truth of the Bible
The Bible's promises are everlasting. We know that we trust a God who cannot lie and cannot break His promises. The Bible's doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its claims are true and its prophecies are sure. When we look at the truth of the Bible we know it reveals not only the mind of God but the nature of man and the only way of salvation. It reveals the judgment of sinners and the blessing of every believer.
There are life-changing consequences for exchanging the truth of God for a lie. In Romans 1:24-25 we read that those who exchange the truth of God for a lie are given over by God to the impure lusts of their hearts. Those who suppress the truth of God in unrighteousness are under God's wrath.
The bottom line is this — the Bible is the true test of true faith. Scripture is the standard by which all truth claims must be tested, because it is divinely inspired, divinely authoritative, and also reliable. The Bible is absolute truth for all people, for all of time and eternity.
Will you encourage others to believe it? Will you encourage other to read it? Do you have persuasive reasons now to convince people that the Bible is set apart as the most unique holy book in existence? It truly is the voice of God. He inspired His Word to those who penned it, and it is indeed a supernatural book.
Are you convinced that God's Bible — His Word — is supernatural? I believe that it is a supernatural book because it is miraculous in several different ways. It is miraculous in its origin. We have seen that it is divinely inspired. It is miraculous in its power in converting the soul. It is miraculous in its influence, transforming lives. It is miraculous in its message. As we read the Bible, we see God intervening throughout human history and many miracles are recorded. It is also miraculous in its preservation of the accuracy of its copies handed down from generation to generation. It is miraculous in its prophecy and that it foretells the future with precise detail and accuracy. It is also miraculous in its indestructibility in spite of numerous attempts to destroy it.
I hope that you all agree that we need the truth of the Bible in these days of great deception. We need the truth of the Bible because what the Church is lacking more than anything in is discernment. When the Word of God is not being preached from pulpits, people aren't getting the truth. When they don't get the truth, they can't discern what is false. We need to get back to the Bible and encourage others to do the same.
Don't let anyone tell you that the Bible is not authoritative. Don't let anyone tell you that the truth that you find in the Bible is not objective. We have seen that it is. We have been entrusted with it. We must contend earnestly for the faith. We must defend the honor and the glory of our Great God and Savior.
We must also protect the Gospel for the sake of the elect. So many people want to compromise it now and give a wider view of God's mercy. No! We need to proclaim it just as it is revealed in the Bible. We need to build our faith on nothing less than Christ and His Word.