I recently posted a video of Andy Stanley providing an apologetic on addressing the objection that Adam and Eve were not historical figures. My concern is set as a question in the title of my post – Andy Stanley Separates the Gospels from the Bible? I thought the answers Stanley gave brought more confusion than clarity. Plus, the answer given to the thinking skeptic would most likely not be satisfied by Stanley’s answer.
Since my post, reader Tom Garito reached out to North Point Ministries which Stanley founded in 1995. Tom received a kind reply from Stanley’s assistant. (Apparently, Stanley actually commented on Denny Burk’s post.)
Thank you for your email.
Apparently, there has been some confusion created by a recently posted excerpt of an interview done by Andy Stanley.
The interview was conducted by Jeff Henderson and originally aired on Preaching Rocket. Andy’s was one of several interviews presented with various preachers and speakers on the topic of preaching.
In the part of the interview in question, Andy discusses the importance of “approach” when speaking to unbelievers. He was not commenting on the infallibility of Scripture.
For more information, I invite you to read the chapter entitled “Double-Barrel Preaching” in his book Deep & Wide. You can also watch or listen to a talk on the subject in Going Wide. Lastly, Andy did a message series called Text, which you might find helpful.
I hope that provides the clarity you are seeking. Again, thank you for the question.
Diane Grant | Assistant to Andy Stanley
North Point Ministries
I very much appreciate Diane’s reply to Tom. Although I’m not sure how much clarity it offered. I understand that Andy was not addressing the infallibility of Scripture, but he did comment on it in passing. And his comments seem to put little importance on Scripture’s infallibility.
I appreciate that Stanley was trying to help other Christians by offering a way to speak to unbelievers in today’s culture. I simply disagree and do not understand why a Christian would dismiss part of Scripture for another given that all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16). The astute unbeliever might object in the same way.
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