Shekinah Christian Academy

What must we teach our people [child or adult] and why?

Have you ever heard the expression, “the infallible word of God?”
What do you suppose that means?
Write what you think that means on the lines below:
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Now, if you are a little bit of a cheater, you will not write until you have read the next sentences. I hope that you will honestly answer the question first.
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In order to find out the meanings of each of these words:
Infallible, Word and God, we are going to examine the original dictionary that Noah Webster published in 1828.
Let us begin our study:
INFAL’LIBLE, a. [L. fallo.]

1. Not fallible; not capable of erring; entirely exempt from liability to mistake; applied to persons. No man is infallible; to be infallible is the prerogative of God only.

2. Not liable to fail, or to deceive confidence; certain; as infallible evidence; infallible success.

To whom he showed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs—

Now, then, let us think!
If the Word of God is “infallible,” that means that it is “absolute truth,” because It is incapable of erring.
Let’s look at only three declarations:
1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
In this declaration, we learn how all things came into being.
2. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
In this verse we are reminded of the “Fall of Man” and given – with absolute certainty – the solution for each individual.
3. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This verse promises us an establishment and continuation in holiness.

Why is that important?
It is important, because we – as Christians – are supposed to be using the Scriptures – and only the Scriptures – as the “rule of faith and practice” for our lives.
The term “rule of faith and practice” means two things:
1. What we are to believe about Jesus Christ and ourselves.
2. How we live, because of what we believe about Jesus Christ and ourselves.
What do we mean by the term “rule of faith and practice?
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It follows, then, that we should wish to follow {be governed by} that which is true in every generation. Since we have declared the Scriptures to be infallible, it follows that every generation of people can put their trust in them with the certainty that their teachings are true. (And they will not “deceive that confidence.}
Because of that we can be sure – in the words of the Psalmist- that “in the keeping of them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:11
Look up Psalm 19 in your Bible and write verses 7 to 11 on the lines below.
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Now let us move on to the word “word.”
WORD, n. [G., L., to speak. A word is that which is uttered or thrown out.]

The Scripture; divine revelation, or any part of it. This is called the word of God.
John 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken),

Christ is called The Word. John 1.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Part of our definition teaches us that the word “word” means “to speak” and is “a word thrown out.”
When we connect this definition with the definition for “infallible,” we learn that some words have been “thrown out” that are true now, always have been true and always will be true without any possibility of being wrong.
For this reason, after thousands of years, people still quote the Ten Commandments as the basis for moral living.
What do we learn by connecting the two terms “infallible and “word?”
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One of the evidences of the infallibility of God’s Word is the fact that – after thousands of years – people still quote _________________________
as the basis for ____________ ________________.

Unfortunately for us, the modern expression “thrown out” means to be done away with and no longer used. We have become guilty – in this sense – of “throwing out” God’s words (Biblical Principles) and replacing with them with the words of men (Secular Humanistic Principles.) This has resulted in the attempt to eliminate The Ten Commandments from the minds of people.

What have Secular Humanists tried to do with The Ten Commandments?
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That brings us to our third word, which is “God.”
Once again let us go to Webster 1828 and see what he says.
GOD, n.

1. The Supreme Being; Jehovah; the eternal and infinite spirit, the creator and the sovereign of the universe.

God is a spirit; and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4.

While there are some lesser definitions on the page, we are primarily concerned with this one.
Stop and think! How many ways come to your mind that people use the word “God?”
They may say, “Oh, my God!,” for example. Do you think this is a prayer, or only a meaningless expression of some kind? Usually it is only an expression that comes from being startled or surprised by something.

If, however, we are going to say “infallible word of God,” we must establish the truth of Who He is.

1. If He is the sovereign Creator and Ruler of the entire universe, then His Word takes on a very much higher degree of importance, and we will treat it with a much higher degree of attention and solemnity.

Pharaoh of old, when instructed to let God’s people go, said, “I don’t recognize this God.” Because of that he increased his oppression of God’s people, refused Moses’ demands and ended up dead at the bottom of a sea.

Many today have taken the same position as Pharaoh.
As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith in the prayer-hearing God, assumed to live and care for persons, to hear and understand their prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith. Salvationism, based on mere affirmation, still appears as harmful, diverting people with false hopes of heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means for survival. Humanist Manifesto 2
This belief system will result in the taking of unkind and unjust actions against people (whether they are God’s or not ) and bring the most severe judgment upon themselves. That’s their problem!

We, however, who claim to be His people, MUST return to the infallible Word of God.
Plenary verbal inspiration
The word plenary means “full” or “complete”. Therefore, plenary verbal inspiration asserts that God inspired the complete text(s) of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, including both historical and doctrinal details. The word verbal affirms the idea that inspiration extends to the very words the writers chose. For example, in Acts 1:16 the Apostle Peter says “the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake” (KJV). Paul calls all scripture “God-breathed” in 2 Timothy 3:16 (referring to the Old Testament). Thus, the Holy Spirit guided the writers along (cf. 2 Peter 1:20-21) while allowing their own personalities and freedom to produce the Bible we have today. This view recognizes and asserts both the human and divine element within Scripture. This understanding has sometimes been compared and contrasted to the understanding of the two natures of Jesus, the Christ.

Where might we get an idea that says we must teach it to our people – from the youngest to the oldest – and put it into practice on a daily basis. ——- Regardless of what “Pharaoh” says.

While there are many places I could reference, let me lift three out and share them with you.

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
6:9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
2:6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

It seems to me that, if we adhere properly to just these three parts of Scripture, we will produce a “society” that is rooted in the Infallible Word and, therefore, more righteous, charitable and joyous.