“If the Bible is the foundation of our faith, here’s the problem. It is 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. When somebody … in archaeology class or historian … says you know you may have heard … the walls came tumbling down, but you know we’ve excavated the city of Jericho, and there’s no evidence that the walls came tumbling down.” So says Andy Stanley in a recent sermon of his, where he claimed the Bible is indefensible, has some inaccuracies, and is therefore not really what the Christian faith is based on. He went on to make the argument the Bible is the wrong thing to base our faith on and gave a timeline claiming the Bible as we see it today did not even exist until hundreds of years after the Christian church began.
However, Lita Cosner and Scott Gillis of Creation Ministries International have written a methodical article (“Pastor Andy Stanley says the Bible is too hard to defend“) that looks closely at Stanley’s claims, then points out the errors, inconsistencies, and contradictions he made. That’s why I’m recommending their article for any Christian apologist out there who’s interested in seeing another good example of how to defend the faith when errors are made by “seeker-sensitive,” emergent church pastors and others like Stanley who use subtleties to knowingly or unknowingly deceive the spiritually undiscerning.
Among the erroneous statements they address are:
(1) His assumption there’s no proof the walls of Jericho fell when, in fact, it has been proven they actually did fall.
(2) He calls scripture a house of cards, but Jesus and the apostles often quoted from scripture (the Psalms and prophets from Moses to Malachi) as the basis for proving what Jesus taught and for who he was.
(3) Although Stanley claims being a Christian is compatible with a belief in macro-evolution, this automatically diminishes Jesus’ purpose for dying for our sins and suffering by questioning if God ever really made the world good in its original state since death in the macro-evolution timeline precedes the arrival of humankind when the Bible says man’s fall into sin was the reason death came to earth.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4