The Apologist: What is Still the Watershed of the Evangelical Word

Holding to a strong view of Scripture or not holding to it is the watershed of the evangelical world.

…We must say most lovingly but clearly: evangelicalism is not consistently evangelical unless there is a line drawn between those who take a full view of Scripture and those who do not.

We who bear the name evangelical need to be unitedly those who have the same view of Scripture as William Cowper had when he wrote the hymn, “The Spirit Breathes Upon the Word.” In contrast to any concept of the Bible being borrowed through cultural orientation, the second verse of that hymn reads:

A glory guilds the sacred page,
Majestic like the sun
It gives a light to ever age;
It gives, but borrows none.

—Francis Schaeffer, No Final Conflict

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