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Our friends at CMI have alerted their supporters that another
large, evangelical church has abandoned belief in the Bible. We’re
not surprised. The Bible predicted this. Andy Stanley, Pastor of
North Point Community Church in Atlanta, has declared that the
Resurrection of Jesus is important, but all other Biblical miracles
are distractions. He said this:

If the Bible is the foundation of our faith, it’s all or nothing.
Christianity becomes a ‘fragile house of cards’ religion.
Christianity becomes a fragile house of cards that comes
tumbling down when we discover that perhaps the walls of
Jericho didn’t.

Shocked? We’re not. We’ve maintained for years that most
Christians don’t believe the Bible. We include preachers among
the new non-believers.

Pastor Stanley explains his position with an extra-Biblical
comment from the Apostle Peter referencing his own imagination
as the source of Peter’s words. He uses this imaginary quote to
support his contention that the Resurrection, and not the Bible, is
the key:

Peter would have looked at you like, ‘I’m not really sure what
you’re talking about, but I followed a man for three years who
spoke like no other man spoke. He was arrested and crucified
and we thought, Game over, because he said too much to be a
good teacher, he claimed too much about himself to be a good
teacher. Game over. We’re all in hiding; a bunch of women come
babbling that “The tomb is empty, the tomb is empty”. I looked
into an empty tomb, and do you know what I concluded?
Somebody stole the body. And a few days later I had breakfast
with my risen friend on the beach. So I’m not sure about 6,000-
year-old earth, I’m not sure about archaeological evidence, I’m
not sure about all that. The reason I’m following Jesus is because
I saw him die, and I saw him alive, and I went into the streets of
Jerusalem to say, God has done something among us.

Of course there are many significant logical difficulties. Any one
of them should suffice to crush the head of Pastor Stanley’s
sermon without assistance. For example, the Bible says that in
the future, a vile person we call the Beast or Antichrist will
become leader of the entire world. Among other things, the
Bible predicts that the Antichrist will be killed, then miraculously
resurrected. Who would Pastor Stanley instruct us to follow then?

There goes his resurrection-only theology.

Perhaps the New Testament is wrong about the Antichrist. If the
Old Testament is wrong about just about everything else, what’s
left to make us believe in Jesus?

Hear the words of the real Apostle Peter:

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any
private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by
the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved
by the Holy Ghost. But there were false prophets also among
the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you,
who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the
Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift

It makes better sense to listen to the real Peter than the one that
Andy Stanley made up. The real Peter believed that the Bible is
the inspired word of God. Does Andy Stanley believe that Noah
packed up pairs of animals to preserve them from a world-wide
flood? Here’s what the real Peter had to say:

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise
of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue
as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they
willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens
were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the
water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with
water, perished.