The debates about biblical inerrancy are seldom edifying. This is because the focus of such debates is usually away from Jesus Christ. And it’s often about “the jots and tittles” of the Bible – an exercise in majoring on minors. Or, as Jesus would put it, “Straining out gnats and swallowing camels.”
That’s why in my review of Thom Stark’s book about inerrancy I made it clear that I was arguing for Christ and not for the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (CSBI). Indeed, one of the reasons I took up the review of Thom’s book when I don’t normally get involved in the inerrancy argument is that his book took errancy to some extreme conclusions, including the assertion that “Jesus was wrong.” I also stayed focused on Christ in my conversation with Joel Watts about Thom’s book.
Inerrancy is not the answer; rather, Christ is the answer. Of course, believing Christ is errant is going back to no answer. For how can He who claimed to be the truth tell a lie?
Therefore, don’t devote your energy to standing up for inerrancy, especially when its definition is numbered in pages (Noah Webster would never have gotten his project off the ground if words required as much explanation as the CSBI gives this one). Rather devote yourself to standing up for Jesus Christ and Him crucified – the Savior of the world.