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The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

Introduction

During their regular quarterly meeting in February 2018, Moody Bible Institute’s Board of Trustees adopted the Short Statement (see below) of the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, as well as its Articles of Affirmation and Denial. Drafted by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, this statement has been a helpful reference in the Church’s defense of and teaching on inspiration and inerrancy of God’s Word. The faculty of Moody Bible Institute affirm the Chicago Statement in addition to our doctrinal statement and positional statements. Those who desire to study at Moody and serve in non-faculty positions are required to affirm our doctrinal statement.


The Short Statement

  1. God, who is Himself Truth and speaks truth only, has inspired Holy Scripture in order thereby to reveal Himself to lost mankind through Jesus Christ as Creator and Lord, Redeemer and Judge. Holy Scripture is God's witness to Himself.
  2. Holy Scripture, being God's own Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God's instruction, in all that it affirms; obeyed, as God's command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God's pledge, in all that it promises.
  3. The Holy Spirit, Scripture's divine Author, both authenticates it to us by His inward witness and opens our minds to understand its meaning.
  4. Being wholly and verbally God-given, Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God's acts in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness to God's saving grace in individual lives.
  5. The authority of Scripture is inescapably impaired if this total divine inerrancy is in any way limited or disregarded, or made relative to a view of truth contrary to the Bible's own; and such lapses bring serious loss to both the individual and the Church.

Read the Articles of Affirmation and Denial.

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