The Inerrant Word: Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspectives (MacArthur)

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Christians are called to stand firm on the inerrancy of Scripture. Sadly, more and more people—not only from outside the church but also from within—are denying the complete truthfulness of God’s Word.

Edited by pastor John MacArthur, these commissioned essays by a host of evangelical pastors, theologians, historians, and biblical scholars contend that the Bible is completely true and without error—a foundational belief for those who claim to honor God. Exploring key Bible passages, events from church history, common criticisms, and pastoral applications, the contributors in this volume instill Christians with both certainty and courage to defend the inerrancy of God’s Word.


Table of Contents:

Foreword - R. C. Sproul
Introduction: Why a Book on Biblical Inerrancy Is Necessary - John MacArthur

Part 1: Inerrancy in the Bible: Building the Case

  1. The Sufficiency of Scripture (Psalm 19) - John MacArthur
  2. “Men Spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:16–2) - Derek W. H. Thomas
  3. How to Know God: Meditate on His Word (Psalm 119) - Mark Dever
  4. Christ, Christians, and the Word of God (Matthew 5:17–20) - Kevin DeYoung
  5. Jesus’s Submission to Holy Scripture (John 10:35–36) - Ian Hamilton
  6. The Nature, Benefits, and Results of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16–17) - J. Ligon Duncan III
  7. Let the Lion Out (2 Timothy 4:1–5) - Alistair Begg

Part 2: Inerrancy in Church History: Showing the Precedent

  1. The Ground and Pillar of the Faith: The Witness of Pre-Reformation History to the Doctrine of Sola Scriptura - Nathan Busenitz
  2. The Power of the Word in the Present: Inerrancy and the Reformation - Carl R. Trueman
  3. How Scotland Lost Her Hold on the Bible: A Case Study of Inerrancy Compromise - Iain H. Murray
  4. How Did It Come to This?: Modernism’s Challenges to Inerrancy - Stephen J. Nichols

Part 3: Inerrancy in Theological Perspective: Answering the Critics

  1. Foundations of Biblical Inerrancy: Definition and Prolegomena - John M. Frame
  2. Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: Inerrancy and Hermeneutics - R. Albert Mohler Jr.
  3. The Use of Hosea 11:1 in Matthew 2:15: Inerrancy and Genre - G. K. Beale
  4. Is Inerrancy Inert? Closing the Hermeneutical “Loophole”: Inerrancy and Intertextuality - Abner Chou
  5. Can Error and Revelation Coexist?: Inerrancy and Alleged Contradictions - William Barrick
  6. The Holy Spirit and the Holy Scriptures: Inerrancy and Pneumatology - Sinclair B. Ferguson
  7. How the Perfect Light of Scripture Allows Us to See Everything Else: Inerrancy and Clarity - Brad Klassen
  8. Words of God and Words of Man: Inerrancy and Dual Authorship - Matt Waymeyer
  9. Do We Have a Trustworthy Text?: Inerrancy and Canonicity, Preservation, and Textual Criticism - Michael J. Kruger

Part 4: Innerancy in Pastoral Practice: Applying to Life

  1. The Invincible Word: Inerrancy and the Power of Scripture - Steven J. Lawson
  2. The Mandate and the Motivations: Inerrancy and Expository Preaching - John MacArthur
  3. Putting Scripture Front and Center: Inerrancy and Apologetics - Michael Vlach
  4. “All That I Have Commanded”: Inerrancy and the Great Commission - Miguel Núñez

Afterword: Keep the Faith - John MacArthur
Appendix: The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy



John MacArthur has served as the pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since 1969. He is known for his verse-by-verse expository preaching, and his pulpit ministry has extended around the world via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of The Master’s College and Seminary, a four-year liberal arts Christian college. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.