Internal Evidence of Inspiration, Part II
Betrayal is the most treacherous of the undermining of others. When Rimmer said that higher criticism’s second purpose was to pretend to be Bible-friendly but actually betray what it purported to support, he was describing the deepest sedition possible. Like Judas, higher criticism and its hell-impregnated whore-daughter, the emergent church, haughtily seek only the downfall of the Scriptures only for its own temporal gain. Like Judas, the time will come when its own judgment will fall upon its head but it closes a blind eye to that as if that somehow will make it not happen.
Purpose is the core feature of intentions. Betraying the Scriptures through feigned allegiance is its design, its objective. It never intends to honor and support the Word of God in any way. So-called higher criticism may have presented itself as defending the Bible from the attacks of atheists and “radical rationalists” for a while but it actually became agreeable partners with them. Higher critics are ripe recruits for atheism and many of the character in the church have heartily joined them. Rimmer states that the Bible “would have suffered untold harm and eternal defeat from these false followers, had it not been the inspired, infallible Word of God.” Any other document could not have survived the attacks. God’s Word is undefeatable, thank the Lord!
While the methods of higher criticism (equivalent to modern neo-orthodoxy and postmodernism) are varied, their technique “is broad enough to embrace any procedure that eventually will discredit the text of the Scriptures.” The more in and among us they can be, the more damaging they can be—much like the termites that destroyed that Bible in the picture.
Rimmer describes some and there are others we know of in our own times. They all follow the same pattern of using some method to discredit the Scriptures: language idiosyncrasies, incomplete and poor historical “facts”, false applications of scientific theory, etc. “So, in every case where higher criticism has depended upon literary peculiarity, external evidences, theories of science, and supposed history to discredit the Book, the critics have found a Waterloo in each of these chosen fields.” They ruled our God and the supernatural and judged His Book by natural means only. They were big game hunters armed with fishing rods.
The wise student of the Bible “proceeds upon the premise that this Book, being in a class by itself, must be studied by rules peculiar to itself….When a supernatural book is measured entirely by a natural standard, the inquirer remains in ignorance of its content and its purpose.”
The critic of the inspired Scriptures takes the first step in repudiating the Bible by setting aside the doctrine of revelation. Truth is always revelational and that holds especially for the Scriptures. This becomes the critic’s lynchpin for declaring the sacred record of God as myth, allegory, poetical imagination, etc. and thus declaring the whole Bible at great variance with modern science. I still hear exactly that today! As Rimmer boldly and accurately says, these wolves in sheep’s clothing seek to hand back to the Church an emasculated edition of the Bible that is robbed of its soul-saving and supernatural power.
Although the pattern of attack is similar among them, then as now, there has never been unanimity among them. The more radical critics admit to infidelity. They deny Christ’s deity and “offer us a humanistic personage who is the flower of evolution.” They ask us to “worship a defeated and baffled martyr whose tragedy eventuated because he was born centuries too soon.” Modernism (and now postmodernism) try to hand us a beautiful and appealing Jesus who is the leader of a lost cause. This leads to their also setting aside the atonement by calmly ignoring every element of the supernatural in the life of the Son of God.
The more “conservative” critics of the Scriptures will claim to believe in certain kinds of inspiration. “They even talk of the relationship of Christ to God and profess to see some measure of benefit in His atonement. They talk glibly of the spiritual benefit of the Bible, as seen from their point of view.” They stand in pulpits, sit in chairs of colleges and seminaries, and hold high positions in the church while “seeking to arm us with rubber weapons from an arsenal that no longer contains the sword of the Spirit. They offer a questionable Scripture as the premise of a possible salvation.”
They are void of legitimate logic and use false reasoning to undermine dependence on the Bible as the authoritative revelation from God. They diminish the records that tell of Christ into something bogus and thus present a faulty concept of Jesus. If what they claim should be true, the human race would still lost in sin and we must wait for another Savior.
It comes to this. We have a choice between the orthodox (revealed truth in the Scriptures as self-evident) or the false premise of modernism, postmodernism, and the emergent church heresy concerning the Scriptures. The difference is this:
“The orthodox hypothesis [premise] is—Almighty God revealed the matter and inspired the writers of the Bible.
“The critical theory [notion] is—The Book is a natural development written by men more or less overruled by God. (It may be said in passing that the ‘more or less’ is determined entirely by the scholar’s own views.)”
There is evidence in the Bible itself, book by book, that proves its own genuineness as being the inerrantly inspired Word of God. It is a matter of seeing it for what it is and what is on its pages. It is a matter of being led and taught by the Holy Spirit as the legitimate Revealer of truth. One needs no other argument than the declaration of the Bible itself. Any honest and objective analysis of the Bible will support its right to its claim of divine inspiration.
These three articles have sought to establish what the issue is—the question of divine inspiration and absolute authority of the sixty-six books of the Bible and its nature of internal evidence.
The coming articles will address six key sources of internal evidence under the topics as stated by Rimmer: Who chose the books of the Bible? The need of revelation; The claims of the prophets; The claims of the apostles; The testimony of Jesus Christ; and The voice of prophecy. I will try to condense key thoughts as much as possible so as to produce as few articles as possible while covering those things that matter most in understanding and internalizing the truth that the Bible proves its own divine inspiration.
 Radical rationalists = and extreme form of the theory that holds that reason alone, unaided by experience, can arrive at basic truth.