I have a prospective volunteer that is asking a question in regards to World Impact’s affirmation of faith in the MLFUH book. "In World Impact's Affirmation of Faith, the second paragraph: The books which form the canon of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God. What does verbally mean here? Audibly, Spoken aloud? Spoken to prophets? Are Words of God? or something other? I've never seen the word verbally inspired in a statement of faith before, so would like this to be clarified.
This means that World Impact believes in "verbal plenary inspiration," which is to say that we believe that the Holy Spirit employed the vocabularies of the writers in such a way that, in the original autographs, the actual words they used were inspired. This is significant, lest one's theory of inspiration covers concepts, ideas, or thoughts instead of the actual words that went into the sentences that made up the paragraphs of the actual books. Those who believe in verbal plenary inspiration, are seeking to avoid any unclarity regarding the nature and scope of the Bible being breathed out by God. Not just general ideas or flow of thought, or generic statements, but the actual words of the original autographs were inspired by God. (2 Peter 1.20-21; 2 Tim. 3.16-17).