Biblical Inerrancy Watch: the Evangelical Free Church of America

May 22, 2013

In response to a recent blog post on the seepage of the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy into Quakerism, a Friend asked for examples. Here is one.

In this month’s “Communicator,” the yearly meeting’s newsletter, Indiana Yearly Meeting’s Superintendent, Doug Shoemaker, reports on a conference he attended:

     Recently four of us from IYM were sent by our Evangelism & Outreach Committee to Barclay College where we participated in the very first National Friends Church Multiplication Conference. Planners of this historic event, which gathered evangelically-minded Friends from around the country, dared to ask, “Can you imagine what would happen if God poured out His Spirit in such a way that we experienced a Friends church multiplication movement?!”

He names Bruce Redmond as the “featured speaker” at this National Friends Church Multiplication Conference. Who is Bruce Redmond, I wondered? Someone who works on church planting for the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). What does EFCA believe, I wondered. Here is what they believe about the Bible:

EFCA The Bible So there it is, one example: the Bible as “without error,” “the complete revelation,” “the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged.”

Why was someone from the EFCA chosen to be the featured speaker at a National Friends Church Multiplication Conference?  Do “evangelically-minded Friends from around the country” (Shoemaker’s phrase) want to embrace this view of the Bible? Does being a disciple require acceptance of Biblical inerrancy?

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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