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STATEMENT 1

ON THE SCRIPTURES

We, the International Council of Christian Churches (ICCC), meeting in our 17th World Congress in Korea, June 8-14, 2005, deplore the widespread tendency to separate Christ from the Scriptures. A Christ who is not the Christ of the Bible is simply a product of human imagination. There is no way to know about Christ except to read and study the Bible.

The Lord Jesus Christ set the seal of His approval upon the Bible. He recognized it as inspired by God and altogether free from error. He gave His approval clearly and plainly to the Old Testament, as God's Word, and He authenticated the New Testament in advance (II Peter 2:21, Matthew 24:35, II Timothy 3:15-17).

We do not worship the Bible, but we recognize the Bible as the only dependable source of knowledge regarding the God whom we worship. It is only through knowledge of the facts contained in the Bible that man can learn how to be saved through all eternity through faith in the salvation accomplished by our Saviour Jesus Christ. Therefore we call upon all professing Christians to recognize the Bible as the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We admonish God's people to study the Bible daily, prayerfully seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to meditate upon it, to memorize whole sections of it, and to follow its clear teachings in every aspect of life.

It is the duty of all Christians to do everything possible to lead people to accept Christ as Saviour, and to spread knowledge of the Bible as widely as they can. We are grateful to those who labor to produce translations that will present the Word of God as accurately as possible.

We view with sorrow that in recent years there have been translations produced by men who do not believe in the inerrancy of the Scripture, or by committees that have included individuals who even deny such basic doctrines as the deity of Christ, His miraculous birth, His bodily resurrection, and the Messianic prophecies.