Monday, February 20, 2006
Rankin and Inerrancy
Jerry Rankin, head of the Internation Mission Board (IMB) for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) just said: "I made comment that I just don't see how you can be an inerrantist and be a cessationist" (see www.bpnews.org/bpnews.asp?ID=22683). I find this comment absurd. With this issue, like many others, it isn't just the conclusion someone comes to, but the way they get there.
For example, take the issue of women pastors. A dissertation I read from Fuller Theological Seminary basically concluded that Gal 3:28 is Paul's main verse on gender; anything that does not agree with that was not written by Paul and should not be considered as inspired (or canonical ... one of those). That guy came to the conclusion in a way which he can not be an inerrantist. However, it is possible for someone to come up with some fascinating historical background to re-interpret 1 Tim 2 by and thus preserve their view that women can be pastors AND innerrancy.
My point: it's the way the conclusion is reached, not the conclusion itself. I find Rankin's statement ridiculous.