A recent Clergy Corner submission by Mel Emurian challenged the authority of the Bible. I would like to challenge the authority of Emurian to pass such a judgment. The claim that the Bible contains contradictions and errors of fact is an old one which has been answered in detail many times. Emurian focuses on supposed moral errors by citing a few verses out of context and misapplying them. He calls these biblical teachings "human constructs" that cannot pass the judgment of his enlightened mind. I suppose we are simply to accept that Mr. Emurian's conclusions are something superior to "human."
Sadly, clergyman Emurian is not alone among "clergy" who deny the absolute authority of the Bible. Others may be more subtle, but if honest would be forced to admit that they consider the Scriptures to be mere human documents containing myths, factual errors and inferior morals. There are solid rational, historical and scientific arguments to answer these attacks, but more to the point is this: As a Christian, I follow the teaching of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He said that "the Scriptures cannot be broken," and that "not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen will disappear from the law until everything is accomplished." If you do not believe the Bible, then do not pretend you are a Christian.
Since the subject has been raised, I would encourage church-goers to ask their minister for a straight answer regarding this subject. There are many faithful clergy in our area who preach God's word out of a sincere heart with deep conviction. If that is not the case in your situation, why sit under a preacher who has nothing better to share than his own "human constructs"? What we need is the word of God, since "the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple" (Psalm 19:7). Those who so choose are free to follow the path of cynicism and unbelief. Good luck with that. You will make out much better following the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible he commends to us.
RICHARD C. KLUEG
The Baptist Church of Northville