Lindsell was born in New York City, and obtained degrees at Wheaton College, University of California, Berkeley and New York University. He taught at Columbia Bible College, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, before becoming editor of Christianity Today. He served as President of the Evangelical Theological Society in 1971.
Lindsell is credited with boosting the efforts of conservatives to wrest the Southern Baptist Convention away from moderates over the issue of biblical inerrancy. Ruth Graham credited him with "being used by God to save her doubting faith" while she was a student at Wheaton.
- "Harold Lindsell; Evangelical Scholar, Editor, Author". Los Angeles Times. 22 January 1998. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Toalston, Art (22 January 1998). "Harold Lindsell dies at 84; authored 'Battle for the Bible'". Baptist Press. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- JETS, Volume 15.1.