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WHAT DOES VPP MEAN?

FEB 6

Psalm 119:160
Memorise Psalm 12:7
“…thou shalt preserve them, from this generation for ever”

VPP stands for Verbal Plenary Preservation. The phrase itself means that “all (of God’s) words kept completely intact”. Simply put, it is a doctrine that teaches that every single Word that God has inspired, has also been perfectly and miraculously preserved for us, down to the very jot and tittle. We have every single word of God in the original languages in our hands today. Even though the term VPP was not coined until recently as a doctrine, it is as old as God’s Word itself. The issue is not so much what VPP means but why it has created so much controversy. Some of those who oppose it use the excuse that because VPP is a newly coined term, it is therefore unbiblical.

Hence, based on the above flawed logic, VPI (Verbal Plenary Inspiration), Calvinism (Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, Perseverance of the Saints), much of the terminology in systematic theology (e.g. theism, anthropology, eschatology, soteriology) and the Westminster Confession of Faith, all of which form the foundation of our Reformed Faith should have been branded as heresy because they were all newly invented terms during their time. Reformed theologians do not take issue with them because they are founded on biblical teachings, just as no Bible-believing scholar would object to the usage of the word “Trinity”, as it is a word describing something which is substantiated by the Bible itself. VPP is therefore merely a term used to describe something that already exists – God’s promise that His Word is kept completely intact for every generation of believers, forever.

People who oppose VPP actually do so not because VPP is unbiblical but because they have no faith that an almighty and loving heavenly Father is able to keep that which is best for His children (His Word) pure and complete through the ages, in spite of what the Bible itself clearly says (Psalm 12:6-7). God says that “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35) but VPP opponents would look rather to the evidence before them, and say that we cannot possibly have every single word, because they think they have found mistakes in the texts and manuscripts. Which view is more glorifying to God and therefore true? Appeal to your logic of faith!

Thought: What kind of a God am I worshipping if His words cannot even withstand the ravages of time?
Prayer: O Lord, Thy Word declares salvation through Christ unto a sinful world. Thank You for preserving every jot and tittle of it.