11 March 2013

Discernment and Revelation

Dr. Gary E. Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel, IL, believes that, "Despite the fact that the majority of conservative evangelical Christians since the Reformation have held to a cessationist position with regard to Divine revelation, true cessationists are rapidly disappearing."
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It is not uncommon to hear popular personalities within evangelicalism today claim that God has "spoken" to them via impressions, hunches, feelings, whispers or other extra-biblical means. Yet, what authority do these alleged revelations hold? Examining the issue, Gilley writes:
Since almost no one within Christianity (save the cults) is claiming revelation that is equivalent to the Bible, we are left with a dilemma. Is it possible for God to speak in a non-authoritative way? Is it possible for Him to speak something less than His inspired word? The continuationists seem to have invented a novel type of divine revelation; one that contradicts Scripture and defies reason. In the Bible, and logically, either God is speaking or He is not.
Gilley's article is a worthwhile and helpful read for the Christian seeking to better understand this issue. View article →

Further Reading
NoCo90: God Told Me...
Charles Stanley Advises Christians to 'Simply Listen for God's Voice'
John Calvin on the Spirit and the Word

2 comments:

  1. If a person is truly saved, they will love the word of God. God's WORD will be all-sufficient.

    as far as the Cess./Cont. argument~I believe that the bible teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Church have not ceased. People like Bob DeWaay also believe that the gifts have not ceased. There are faithful men and women on both sides of this issue and I don't think this will be settled on this side of heaven any time soon although I'm willing to submit to Scripture ALONE if it is proven otherwise and God's word is divided correctly.

    The MOST important thing is to believe in God's WORD. WE as Christians have to understand this extremely important truth.

    In Tim Challies' review on "Jesus Calling" he states-"James Montgomery Boice once said that the real battle in our times would not be the inerrancy or infallibility of Scripture, but its sufficiency—are we going to rely on the Bible or will we continually long for other revelation? In Jesus Calling we see this so clearly. Young teaches that though the Bible is inerrant and infallible, it is insufficient. It was not enough for her and, implicitly, she teaches that it cannot be enough for us…"

    I agree with James Montgomery Boice. The battle is raging... It's awful that people don't believe God's word is enough because IT IS!!

    2 Timothy 3:16 tells us God's word is sufficient and in 1 John 2:5 (obedience) to God's word is what truly makes God's love complete in us. In 1 John 1:4 John says -"(we)write these things to make our joy complete." I stressed (we) because initially, John was referring to the Apostles and Prophets as authoritative and Foundational-Eph.2:20--not just any Joe soap who comes along. 2 Timothy 2:19 says "God’s solid foundation stands firm." There ARE No more Apostles or Prophets and no more revelation.-Scripture makes this clear.

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  2. This was a very interesting article. I appreciate the author naming names; all too often such writings dance around the edges without wishing to offend anyone. It is helpful to see who falls into what camp.

    I also shared it with my pastor. Thank you for posting this.

    Rick

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