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“Holding forth the Word of Life” Philippians 2:16
“Holding fast the Faithful Word” Titus 1:9
It is sad to know that some Christians claim that they have a perfect God who has given them a perfect Word in accordance with Scripture but He has not given them a perfect Bible. These Christians agree with many Bible scholars who say that only 99.99% of the original writings have been preserved. The known variants (0.01%) do not affect doctrines and they are therefore not sufficiently significant to worry us. They believe that the KJV is the very Word of God but the underlying texts are not the perfect Word of God.
Brethren, are you confused with such double-talk? This was exactly how the old serpent misled Eve in the Garden of Eden. With its forked tongue, it played tricks on her which started the Fall that brought in sin and misery to the whole of mankind. Brethren, this testimony is cited not to pass judgement on anyone. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:11–12, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."
"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” Let us be ever watchful, for Satan is still very hard at work. The Apostle Peter warns us in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Therefore, it is my solemn duty as your shepherd to highlight and warn you, my sheep, concerning the deceptions that we do witness and hear today.
We Bereanites must pray earnestly for God’s enduring mercies upon us. Our Lord warns of deceptions in the last days which are so subtle that even the elect will be deceived, if it were possible. We are not spared. We need therefore to safeguard our faith. Berean B-P Church had almost lost her existence if not for the Lord’s gracious intervention and in purging the church so that the ministry can carry on and not be stifled. We pray God to keep Berean faithful to contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.
We thank God that by His grace, we in Berean B-P Church seek to receive the Word of God with all readiness of mind, and search the Scriptures daily. Our faith is not dependent on what the great and mighty scholars say, but we yield to our simple God-pleasing faith in the Almighty who has providentially preserved His inspired autographs and kept pure His words in the apographs with perfect inerrancy and perfect infallibility. Yes, we have the Word of God, the Holy Bible, that is 100% perfect, sure, clean, right, pure, and true Today! And this gives us 100% assurance of a perfect salvation in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
On this occasion of thanksgiving in dedication of Berean B-P Church for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ, we in Berean B-P Church do therefore affirm the 100% inspiration and the 100% preservation of the original language Scriptures underlying the King James Version.
We do believe in the divine, verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and as the Word of God, the Supreme and final authority in faith and life.
We affirm the biblical doctrine of providential preservation that the inspired words of the Hebrew OT Scriptures and the Greek NT Scriptures are “kept pure in all ages” as taught by the Westminster Confession.
We believe that the purity of God’s words in the autographs of the Bible has been faithfully kept and perfectly preserved in the Traditional (Traditional Masoretic Hebrew Text of the Old Testament, and the Traditional Greek Text for the New Testament), Byzantine, Majority, Received Text, and fully represented in the Hebrew and Greek apographs underlying the King James Version.
We do believe that God’s providential preservation of the Scriptures concerns not just the doctrines but also the very words of Scripture to the jot and tittle (Ps 12:6–7; Matt 5:18; 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33, Rev 22:18–19).
We do believe that Scripture cannot contradict Scripture, and hence there can be no discrepancies in the Bible. All alleged discrepancies are only apparent and not actual. Principles of harmonisation should be employed to offer possible solutions. We do not call such discrepancies “scribal errors.” Let God be true, but every man a liar.
We accept God’s special hand in His providential work of the Bible preservation during the Reformation.
Brethren, we are here in our new place of worship not to grow in numbers as some might think so. The Lord does not despise our small assembly. But He is concerned with our faithfulness. May the Lord help us to be faithful over a few things. We rather have ten faithful men and women of one heart, mind and spirit than fifty who hinder the work of the ministry. We have moved here, being led by the providence of God Almighty, in order that we may sow the powerful gospel seeds of salvation for we believe we have in our hands the perfect law of God which can convert the soul.
So let us keep pressing on for we have the assurance of God’s perfect words in 1 Corinthians 15:57–58, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
We praise and give glory to God for His enduring mercies in preserving Berean B-P Church to this day as a biblical fundamentalist church. As fundamentalists, our views on the Biblical Inspiration and Preservation of the Word of God are as follows:
Rev Tan Kian Sing is pastor of Berean B-P Church.