The Westminster Confession of Faith on the Holy Scripture. For me the KJV are the infallible words of God providentially preserved, as they were infallibly breathed out, by his grace.

Chapter I – Of the Holy Scripture.

  1. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable;(1) yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation:(2) therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare that His will unto His Church;(3) and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing;(4) which maketh the Holy Scripture to be most necessary;(5) those former ways of God’s revealing His will unto His people being now ceased.(6)

(1)                Ro 2:14,15; Ro 1:19,20; Ps 19:1,2,3; Ro 1:32; Ro 2:1

(2)                1Co 1:21; 1Co 2:13,14

(3)                Heb 1:1

(4)                Pr 22:19,20,21;Lk 1:3,4; Ro 15:4; Mt 4:4,7,10; Isa 8:19,20

(5)                2Ti 3:15; 2Pe 1:19

(6)                Heb 1:1,2

 

  1. Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testament, which are these:

 

Of the Old Testament:

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II

Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

 

Of the New Testament:

The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts of the Apostles, Paul’s Epistles to the Romans, Corinthians I, Corinthians II, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians I,

Thessalonians II, To Timothy I, To Timothy II, To Titus, To Philemon, The Epistle to the Hebrews, The

Epistle of James, The first and second Epistles of Peter, The first, second, and third Epistles of John, The Epistle of Jude, The Revelation

 

All which are given by inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life.(1)

                (1)          Lk 16:29,31; Eph 2:20; Rev 22:18,19; 2Ti 3:16

 

iii.                 The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the Scripture; and therefore are of no authority in the Church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings.(1)

(1)                Lk 24:27,44; Ro 3:2; 2Pe 1:21

 

  1. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man, or Church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God.(1)

(1)                2Pe 1:19,21; 2Ti 3:16; 1Jn 5:9; 1Th 2:13

 

  1. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the Church to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scripture,(1) and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole, (which is to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God; yet, notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth, and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit, bearing witness by and with the word in our hearts.(2)

(1)                1Ti 3:15

(2)                1Jn 2:20,27; Jn 16:13,14; 1Co 2:10,11,12; Isa 59:21

  1. The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.(1) Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the word;(2) and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the Church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the word, which are always to be observed.(3)

(1)                2Ti 3:15,16,17; Gal 1:8,9; 2Th 2:2

(2)                Jn 6:45; 1Co 2:9,10,11,12

(3)                1Co 11:13,14; 1Co 14:26,40

 

vii.                All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all;(1) yet those things which are

necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.(2)

(1)                2Pe 3:16

(2)                Ps 119:105,130

 

viii.              The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which, at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations), being immediately inspired by God, and, by His singular care and providence, kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical;(1) so as, in all controversies of religion, the Church is finally to appeal unto them.(2) But, because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have right unto and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them,(3) therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come,(4) that the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship Him in an acceptable manner;(5) and, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, may have hope.(6)

(1)                Mt 5:18

(2)                Isa 8:20; Ac 15:15; Jn 5:39,46

(3)                Jn 5:39

(4)                1Co 14:6,9,11,12,24,27, 28

(5)                Col 3:16

(6)                Ro 15:4

 

  1. The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself: and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly.(1)

(1)                2Pe 1:20,21; Ac 15:15,16

 

  1. The supreme Judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture.(1)

(1)                Mt 22:29,31; Eph 2:20; Ac 28:25

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3 Responses to The Westminster Confession of Faith on the Holy Scripture. For me the KJV are the infallible words of God providentially preserved, as they were infallibly breathed out, by his grace.

  1. θ says:

    This particular passage must be made with intention of good humors: “The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which, at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations), being immediately inspired by God, and, by His singular care and providence, kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical”

    (i) Where’s purity or “singular care” in the Hebrew text of the OT?
    Hebrew Masoretic text omits Joshua 21:36-37 and Nehemiah 7:68.
    Worse, the KJV doesn’t follow Hebrew Masoretic but gets the verses from other sources.

    (ii) Where’s “singular care” in the Hebrew text of the OT?
    When one speaks of “Masoretic text” this does not mean that there is only one version or edition or manuscript. Nothing can be identified as “THE” Masoretic text which may exclude all other editions or manuscripts. There are: Aleppo codices, Leningrad, Cairo, Soncino editions, Brescia, Pesero, Complutensian Polyglot, Pratensis. In modern Hebrew editions such as Ben-Chayyim edition, Letteris, Koren, Snaith, and Dothan.

    (iii) Where’s purity in the Greek text of the NT?
    Scholars have found more than ten thousand textual variants of the Greek papyri and manuscripts.

    (iv) Where’s “singular care” in the Greek text of the NT?
    The NT text has differing Greek codices, such as Codex Sinaiticus, Alexandrinus, Vaticanus, Receptus, et cetera.

  2. madmanna says:

    Not all lines or families of transmission were the object of God’s gracious and merciful providential preservation such as those leading up to the KJV.

  3. θ says:

    “madmanna says: Not all lines or families of transmission were the object of God’s gracious and merciful providential preservation such as those leading up to the KJV.”

    That’s very subjective. Each translators and each versions other than the KJV also claimed similar thing: its chains of transmission is the truest one.

    But one wonders why do KJV-Onlyists keep failing or avoiding to defend their spurious claims of KJV at the core?
    (i) The KJV-Onlyists claim they follow Hebrew Masoretic to make the Old Testament’s translation, but ironically Hebrew Masoretic text omits Joshua 21:36-37 and Nehemiah 7:68. Why does the KJV not follow it faithfully?

    Moreover, which version of Masoretic text do the KJV-Onlyists adopt?
    There are many versions of Hebrew Masoretic text: Aleppo codices, Leningrad, Cairo, Soncino editions, Brescia, Pesero, Complutensian Polyglot, Pratensis, as well as the modern redaction: Ben-Chayyim edition, Letteris, Koren, Snaith, and Dothan.

    (ii) Biblical scholars have found more than ten thousand textual variants of the Greek papyri and manuscripts, and the Greek NT text has differing Greek codices, such as Codex Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, Alexandrinus, Receptus, et cetera. Please, just bring two external witnesses to provide the claim of the KJV-Onlyists. Otherwise they are liars.

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