Why should anyone believe the Bible?
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
"Why should anyone believe the Bible?" Are you prepared to give a persuasive answer to a skeptic that asks you that question?
Just 10 years ago it was only the non-Christians that were asking that question, but now we've got many professing Christians within the Emerging Church Movement that are asking the question, "Why should anyone believe the Bible?" That is because they are denying the authority of God's Word. They say that truth is subjective, it is relative, and anyone's truth is just as valid as another person's truth. How would you respond to these misguided comments? We are hearing them more and more, this movement is invading the Church of Jesus Christ. I hope to answer some of those questions for you.
Is there evidence to support that the Bible really is the Word of God? Is the truth of the Bible authoritative and trustworthy? And, what truths are we responsible for knowing and also sharing with others?
The Bible is what God says, religion is what man says God says. I am really tired of people listening to what man says God says. We need to direct people back to the source for truth — the Word of God. So, when a person looks out on all the religious books that there are, we ask, "What religious book is the best authority for truth?"
The world is picking up many different religious books. I want to share with you what I believe are ten ways that the Bible stands alone, that the Bible is unique when it comes to all the religious books of the world.
The Uniqueness of the Bible — Ways 1-2
Uniqueness #1 — Divine Origin
The first way that the Bible is unique is in its divine origin. The authors claim that their words were inspired by God. We see that in 2 Timothy 3:16, "All Scripture is inspired by God." Keep in mind that it is the Word of God that is inspired, not the writers. And so, when you read the Bible, you are reading one voice. It is the voice of God. In fact, the authors even claimed that they spoke for God. The phrase, "thus says the Lord" occurs almost 500 times throughout Scripture.
With these claims we would expect then that the Bible would meet or exceed the highest standards for accuracy.
Uniqueness #2 — Unique in Unity and Harmony
The second claim the Bible has is that it is unique in its unity and harmony. God commissioned 40 different authors from all walks of life, over a period of 1500 years on three continents to write the 66 books of the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, the writers are united in truth to reveal a complex drama about God's redemption of man from eternity past to eternity future.
Think just how incredible this is! If you went down to a street corner in Plano and asked 40 different people that walked by what is the central theme of the Bible, you would get 40 different opinions. But here, you have these 40 men separated by 1500 years all agreeing in unity and harmony on what the word of God is.
In the next segment on the "Truth of the Bible," Mike Gendron looks at three more ways the Bible is unique.