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Spurgeon on Meditation and Scripture

“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on his Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them…Our bodies are not supported by merely taking food into the mouth, but the process which really supplies the muscle, and the nerve, and the sinew, and the bone, is the process of digestion. It is by digestion that the outward food becomes assimilated with the inner life. Our souls are not nourished merely by listening awhile to this, and then to that, and then to the other part of divine truth. Hearing, reading, marking, and learning, all require inwardly digesting to complete their usefulness, and the inward digesting of the truth lies for the most part in meditating upon it. Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it.”

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2006).

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Posted by on October 12, 2015 in Quotes

 

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How do we know what books should be called Scripture? Broadcast

Stephen to Victor: Why is it important to know which books are scripture?

  • We need to obey all of God’s Words: Matthew 4:4 Man shall live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. 
  • God judges those who add or take away from His words Jeremiah 23:25-32 I am against prophets, that steal my words from his neighbor, and say, He says, yet I sent them not, nor commanded them…they shall not profit this people.

Stephen to Joel: How did we get the collection of books we call the Bible?

  • No printing presses, computer technology, cell phones, cars, or airplanes
  • Both the Old Testament and New Testament books were immediately recognized and treated as scripture, though we have no formal statement about the New Testament until the fourth century.
  • The authentic books were being quoted, copied, and distributed as scripture throughout the church.
  • There was no need to have an official word on the issue in the early hears due to the presence of prophets, apostles, and their disciples.
  • The fact that there was no need for verification until the 4th century speaks volumes about the understanding of the church up to that time. These books that were authenticate were not being credibly challenged by a large enough group of people to raise the issue.

Stephen to Eric: How do we know which Old Testament books are scripture?

The key is understanding the office of the prophet, because only they were qualified to write or verify a book as scripture.

  • These were holy men of God who spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost: II Peter 1:20-21
  • Their message bore the full authority of God.
  • They predicted future events with 100% accuracy to verify the source of their message.
  • There was a death sentence upon false prophets Deuteronomy 18:20-22.
  • The message of a prophet or apostle could never contradict previous revelation: II Peter 2:2-6, Acts 20:27-32

Stephen to Joel: How do we know which New Testament books are scripture?

The key is understanding the office of prophets and apostles, because only they were qualified to write or verify a book as scripture.

  • They were eyewitnesses of Christ’s earthly ministry, death, and resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15:7
  • They received direct revelation from God/verbal inspiration
  • They received a personal objective call to this office by Christ
  • They received instruction after the resurrection concerning the Kingdom
  • They were authenticated by signs of an apostle II Corinthians 12:12
  • Their apostolic ministry was predicted by Christ before He went to the cross: John 14:26; John 16:23

Stephen to Victor: Why are these two groups so important?

  • There job was to lay the foundation: Ephesians 2:19-20 Now therefore ye are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ the chief corner stone
  • They spoke as God’s messengers: Hebrews 1:1-2 God, spake in time past by the prophets
  • They were eyewitnesses: 2 Peter 1: 16-21 We were eyewitnesses of his majesty…no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Stephen to Joel: How did the early church judge which books were scripture and which were not?

  • The test of authority: Who penned the book? 
  • The test of internal evidence: Does the book penned or authorized by a genuine prophet or apostle bear the internal evidence of being God breathed?
  • The test of God’s people: Did genuine believers from the penning of these books to the present recognize them as scripture?

Stephen to Victor: Can you give us some evidence for the 39 Old Testament books passing these tests?

  • Old Testament books refer to other Old Testament books as scripture: Joshua 1:7–8; 23:6; 1 Kings 2:3; 8:61; 2 Kings 14:6; 21:8; 23:25;
  • The Old Testament as a whole are referred to as scripture by Christ: Luke 24
  • The Old Testament is quoted as scripture regularly by Christ and the apostles: Jesus and the NT authors quote the words of the OT approximately 300 times… all the Old Testament books are quoted except Esther, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.
  • Jewish historians recognized them and spoke freely about them as scripture. (Josephus)

Stephen to Eric: What about the 27 New Testament books?

  • Their work was recognized as Scripture at a time when other apostles and prophets could verify that their work was valid: I Corinthians 14:29, 32, 37, 2 Peter 3:15-16; 2 Peter 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 7 times in the pastoral epistles, Paul commands Timothy to preach the word/scriptures, so it assumes that he would know what they were.
  • Their work is in theological harmony.
  • Their work has stood the test of the scrutiny of church history.
  • Their work has been preserved while their others works have vanished.
  • Between a.d. 70–170: All the New Testament books were cited in other writings of the period from a.d. 70 to 170. Between them the church Fathers recognized as canonical all twenty-seven books, although not every Father included all twenty-seven.

Stephen to Joel: Is the apocrypha as scripture?

  • They do not claim for themselves the same kind of authority as the Old Testament writings.
  • They were not regarded as God’s words by the Jewish people from whom they originated.
  • They were not considered to be Scripture by Jesus or the New Testament authors.
  • They contain teachings inconsistent with the rest of the Bible.

Stephen to Joel: Is the Quran or the Book of Mormon scripture?

  • Not written by a qualified prophet or apostle
  • Not in theological agreement with the rest of scripture.

Stephen to Eric: What is your final encouragement?

  • Each book in this Bible is scripture, and should be treated as scripture.
  • We should obey it, and study it diligently rather than trusting in the words of men or false prophets.
  • We should take its message about Christ seriously, and embrace Him as the one and only possible Savior from our sins.  Have you repented of your unbelief and self-righteousness to place your faith in Christ alone?
 
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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Radio Broadcast

 

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Ephesians 6: Spiritual Warfare Exposition

Occasion: Tuesday Bible Studies 28th January, 4th February 2014

Typical focus of those facing spiritual opposition:

  • Identify the source, assuming it is spiritual.
  • Remove the problem by some spiritual means.
  • Plead with God to remove the struggle.
  • Declare the blood of Jesus over the problem.
  • Claim victory in the name of Jesus.
  • Binding demons.
  • Fast and pray over your struggle.
  • Deliverance services and techniques
  • Letting go and letting God
  • Laying all on the alter
  • Walking an isle to receive a pastoral prayer

Biblical response to spiritual opposition:

  • All circumstances are under the sovereign control of God.
    • Some evils come from bad decisions.
    • Some evils come from discipline.
    • Some evils are outside our control.
    • Nothing that happens to a believer that is outside of God’s sovereign control.
    • Not always God’s will to protect us from certain evils
    • God always uses evil in believer to accomplish good.
  • You will rarely get the answer to why.
  • You are not entitled to the answer why.
  • Looking back is always clearer than looking around and forward.
  • Put on the whole armor of God: This is the means by which, the believer is able to stand against the wiles of the devil!

 Belt of Truth:

What is it? Kept the soldier’s robe from causing him to trip in battle, and falling down in battle is a sure way to get killed by the enemy.

  • Understand the truth
  • Apply the truth
  • Live truthfully.         

How does Satan attack us in this area?

  • He tempts us to dwell on what we cannot know.
  • He tempts us to be controlled by lies.
  • He tempts us to try superstitious methods.

How does this piece of armor meet the need?

  • The truth is reality and reveals and confronts lies.

 Breastplate of righteousness:

What is it? The breastplate protects our vital organs.  Without the breastplate, we are susceptible to death blows from the enemy.

  • Not imputed righteousness
  • Practical righteousness produced by the Spirit in the process of sanctification.

How does Satan attack us in this area?

  • He tempts us in areas where we are weak.
  • He tempts us to make excuses for areas where we let down our guard.
  • Satan exploits us when we fail by revealing it to others.
  • Satan exploits us when we fail by planting doubts, thoughts of failure, and hopelessness.

How does this piece of armor meet the need?

  • When we walk uprightly, we do not give place to the devil.

Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:

What is it? When a soldier went into battle, he needed sure footing when they enemy attacked.  This is similar to a sound stance by a boxer or wrestler.

  • This is not talking about evangelism
  • This is our firm conviction that we are at peace with God.

How does Satan attack us in this area?

  • Satan plants thoughts in our heart that we are under God’s displeasure and anger.

How does this piece of armor meet the need?

  • The gospel reminds us that Christ is our peace with God, our righteousness, obedience, and our propitiation.  His death and shed blood provided a full atonement for our sins.  His fulfillment of the Law has provided a righteous legal verdict before God.  Saving work has given me full access to God and placed me in a position of His favor, by grace alone.

Above all take the shield of faith:

What is it? Shooting flaming darts was a common practice in ancient warfare.  To combat this problem, soldiers would dip their shields in water to quench these fiery darts.  Ironically, extinguishing flames would not only protect the soldier who was immediately in danger, but it would also protect their brothers in the battle.

  • We enter the new life by faith alone.
  • We walk in the new life by faith alone.
  • This faith in graciously given to us by God through the word of God.
  • This faith in strengthened and matured through the word of God.
  • This faith must be resting fully on the word of God.

How does Satan attack us in this area?

  • Satan works to keep us out of the word.
  • Satan works to plant doubts regarding the things we read and hear preached from the Scriptures.

How does this piece of armor meet the need?

  • Faith is the opposite of doubt, and faith removes doubt.

Take the helmet of salvation:

What is it? Obviously, the helmet protects the head.  The head is the house of the mind, and without a sound mind, we are susceptible to death blows from the enemy.  The mind can destroy a person whose body is otherwise very healthy.

  • The helmet protects the mind, and in this situation, it is focused on the thinking of the Christian.
  • The aspect of our salvation that he is emphasizing is the believer’s blessed hope, our future deliverance from this fallen world and entrance into God’s eternal Kingdom.

How does Satan attack us in this area?

  • He tempts us to feel we cannot stand.
  • He tempts us to think the battle will never end.
  • He tempts us to see what is happening today, rather than the glory that is yet to come.

How does this piece of armor meet the need?

  • It instructs our mind that the battle is not forever, we can stand by the enablement of our all-mighty God, and there is glory yet to come in the future.

Sword of the Spirit, the word of God:

What is it? Obviously, when you go into battle you need more than defensive pieces of armor.  You need something to go on the defensive, and the sword was the weapon of choice in the ancient world.

  • The Word of God is the only offensive weapon mentioned.
    • Scriptures
    • Preached word

How does Satan attack us in this area?

  • Satan works to keep us out of the word.
  • Satan works to plant doubts regarding the things we read and hear preached from the Scriptures.

How does this piece of armor meet the need?

  • The scriptures go on the offensive to combat lies, whether in the person, the home, or the church.

The Believer’s Overall Attitude:

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit: (Notice fasting is not mentioned in this passage, which might be a surprise to some.)

  • Prayer: This indicates an attitude of humble dependence upon God for victory in the battle.
    • Supplication: This indicates an interest in the battles that others are facing, not just your own battle.  This also indicates the corporate nature of spiritual warfare.  We were not designed to live the Christian life walking alone. We are to be a part of a spiritual body.
    • In the Spirit: This is not a reference to praying in tongues as some Charismatic would like to interpret it.  When we walk in the Spirit we are not walking in tongues.  It refers to prayer that is influenced by the Spirit in the following ways.
      • Motivated by the Spirit
      • Guided/influenced by the Spirit
      • Enabled by the Spirit.

Being watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints:

  • Be circumspect: Go about your day not fearfully, but rather with eyes open to the attacks that could await us.
  • Be persistent: Do not quit.  The battle is a tool God uses to strengthen us in our Christian experience and to mature us in His service.

Final thoughts:

  • The Christian must be circumspect.
  • The Christian must be prepared to persevere.
  • The Christian cannot accept fallible human traditions, superstitions, and ideas as substitutes or supplements to God’s equipping.
  •  The Christian must to be a scripture focused person:
    • Belt of truth: The scriptures are truth
    • Breastplate of righteousness: Right living is founded on God’s instruction in the Scriptures
    • Gospel of peace: The gospel is revealed in the scriptures
    • Shield of faith: Scripture is the object of our faith and the tool God uses to give us faith, strengthen us in the faith, and mature us in the faith.
    • Sword of the Spirit/word of God: The Word of God is the Scriptures.
  • The Christian must guard his mind with the following foundational truths
    • I am at peace with God.
    • The end of this conflict is eternal glory and God’s eternal Kingdom
  • The Christian must constantly express his inability apart from the gracious work of God, through prayer.
  • The Christian must be concerned about his brothers and sisters in their spiritual struggles.

 

 
 

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A Healthy Response to God’s Word: 1 Peter 2:1-3

Occasion: Sunday Worship 3rd February 2014

Introduction: Have you ever been around a new litter of puppies that is so young their eyes are not yet open.  All they do is sleep, eat, and grow.  Have you ever watched how they nurse their mother with persistence, and heard how they cry for her and her milk if separated for a moment?  Peter uses this mental picture to illustrate how we should desire scripture.

Text: 1 Peter 2:1-3

Purpose: Peter continues to stress the importance of our response to the scriptures as the logical response to their nature and our position in Christ.

Proposition: God wants me to desire the scriptures and the sanctifying change it produce in me.

Four Questions:

  • Do I delight in the scriptures?
  • Do I understand what I am reading?
  • Do I have a strong motivation to apply and live out what I am reading?
  • Do I regularly see Biblical growth as a result of the Spirit’s work in me?

Interrogative: How can I desire the scriptures and the changes it produces in me?

Doctrine 1: My position in Christ presses me to cherish the scriptures: If I am a Christian, then there are supernatural elements at work pressing me toward the scriptures.  1:1-3 Therefore…as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

  • The scriptures were the seed through which God gave me spiritual life.

1 Peter 1:23 You were born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God.

  • This new life in Christ enables me to have spiritual understanding.

1 Corinthians 2:14 The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

  • This new life yearns to grow in spiritual understanding.
  • The Spirit’s presence affects my heart and conscience.

Doctrine 2: Impurity in the Christian life hinders my love for the scriptures, and my ability to grow up into maturity by its sanctifying work: Just because I am a Christian, and God’s grace is at work in my heart, does not mean that automatically all is well in me.  I still have the ability to sin, and the way I exercise my will even as a Christian has a powerful influence on the way I relate to the scriptures and the way they change me.  2:1 Laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking…

Illustration: The refining process for silver.  Until the dross is removed from the surface of the smelted silver, you cannot see your reflection in the silver.

New life in Christ awakens my conscience so I know what is right even before I see it in the scriptures.

Sin affects my response to the scriptures in three ways:

  • I will not go to the scriptures
  • I will not be sensitive to the scriptures
  • I will be unwilling to submit to the scriptures

Five specific sins that affect our response to the word of God.

  • Malice: A heart that desires to injure.
  • Deceit: A heart that plans how to hide the truth.
  • Hypocrisy: A heart that works to present a false image.
  • Envy: A discontented heart consumed with the gifts of others.
  • Evil speaking: Slandering another person, through gossip or lies.

Doctrine 3: The scriptures are the primary means through which God grows us up in the faith. 2:3 That you may grow thereby…

  • He providentially uses circumstances to direct me to scripture so He will change me.
  • He providentially uses people to direct me to scripture so He will change me.
  • Circumstances and people do not grow me in the faith.  They are simply secondary instruments to scripture in God’s sanctifying work in His children.

Conclusion: God wants me to desire the scriptures and the sanctifying change it produce in me.

  • Do I delight in the scriptures?
  • Do I understand what I am reading?
  • Do I have a strong motivation to apply and live out what I am reading?
  • Do I regularly see Biblical growth as a result of the Spirit’s work in me?
  • Perhaps I am unconverted?
  • Perhaps I am entertaining sin that is keeping me from the scriptures and their sanctifying work?
  • Repent, humble yourself, and cry for mercy, remembering the cross and His shed blood that have already provided forgiveness, cleansing, and righteousness.
  • Put off the sins keeping you from the scriptures and cry out to God for grace to love His word like a new born baby where you will be nourished, changed into the image of Christ, and built up in the faith.
 
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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in 1 Peter Sermons

 

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The Importance of the Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:23-25

Occasion: Sunday Worship 25th  January 2014

Introduction: Which is more valuable a 2cedi bag of sachet waters or a135,000 cedi  2013 Toyota Land Cruiser?  Before you answer this question in your head, think about the following scenario.  You were on a tour bus in northern Mali, and your bus broke down.  After 3 days of intense Saharan heat, you are presented with the same question.  Has your perception of the value of the water changed?  The truth is that crises in life teach us what is the most valuable.

Text: 1 Peter 1:23-25

Purpose: Peter is drawing his suffering audience’s attention to recognize the value of God’s word.  He does this by comparing the nature of God’s word to the nature of the things we tend to live for in life.

Proposition: God wants us to live for the things He emphasizes in His word.

Interrogative: How can we do this?

Doctrine 1: All human strength is temporary: 1:23-24 We were born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible…All flesh is as grass…

  • Physical strength: Most people treasure their bodies.  They want to look attractive, be healthy, and have physical strength, but no diet, exercise program, or cosmetic surgery can add a day to their lives.
  • Educational: Most responsible people care about their education.  The average doctor, lawyer, or university professor will spend over 20 years in school, but going to school every day of your life cannot add a day to their lives.
  • Financial: Most people fear poverty.  They labor to earn money and carefully plan for the future, but becoming independently wealthy cannot add a day to their lives.
  • Security: Most people care about their personal safety.  They put bars on their windows and doors, pay watchmen to watch their house, build walls around their homes, and even install cameras and lights, but none of these things can add a day to their lives. 

Doctrine 2: All human glory is temporary: 1:24 All the glory of man is as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away…

  • Honors by society: We all desire honor from our peers.  It is natural to boast our own praises, seeking to get honor from men, but any honor we receive from men in society, cannot add a day to our lives.
  • Honors by education: When we work hard in school, we want people to take notice.  Some of the most honoring days of our lives are the days we graduate from school, but no honor received for skill in the classroom, can add one day to our lives.
  • Honors by money: Rich people are honored and respected.  We think rich people have everything in the world going their way, but no riches and the honors that come to the rich, can add one day to our lives.
  • Honors by religion: Many people live for what people will at their funeral.  Sadly, they often spend more time thinking about their funeral, than the events that will follow for eternity.  Doing good and being faithful to the church impacts people’s perception of the departed, but no acts of kindness or religious commitments, can add a day to their life. 

Doctrine 3: God’s word and the fruit it produces in the lives of men is eternal: 1:25 But the word of the LORD endures forever…

  • Man’s salvation is eternal: 1:23 We have been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever…
  • The saint’s righteous position before God is eternal: 1:22-23 You have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit…you have been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God.
  • The saint’s growth into Christ-likeness is eternal: 1:14-16 As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy. 
  • The saint’s future inheritance is eternal: 1:3-5 God has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God.
  • Man’s rewards from faithful applications to God’s word: 1:17 The Father without partiality judges according to each one’s work, therefore, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear…

Application:

  • It is good and right for us to enjoy the good gifts of God as gifts from His hand and for His glory.
  • It is wrong for us to enjoy the good gifts of God in ways that He has forbidden, or to live for them in place of Him.  
  • It is right for us to manage the good gifts of God in the way that most glorifies Him and advances His Kingdom. 

Matthew 25:14-30 The kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

Illustration: It is your final class in your final term before graduation from university.  You have been diligent, and purpose to finish strong.  Your teacher gives a ten page description of requirements for your final project, which you purpose to read and diligently follow.  However, in order to pay for school, you got a new job which took most of your time and energies.  After a few weeks, a new phone caught your eye, and then you started another job to pay for it.  You worked so much that by the time the weekend came you were too tired to give careful attention to your project.  Soon friends got you interested in a football club, and you still had to get your washing done, cook on the weekends, and spend time with friends.  To make matters worse, because you took too much on, you were not taking good care of your body and got so sick you could not work for two week, leaving you in debt.  Then, you had to take on more responsibilities to pay off some items you really did not need.  Once you got the phone, your brother dropped it into a gutter, and spoiled the screen.  Before you knew it, it was the final day of the semester and you had not completed your project, nor have you even read what your teacher is requiring you to do.  The only excuse you give your teachers when he sadly gives you a failing grade is…I ran out of time.  The problem was not a lack of time, but rather a poor stewardship of that time.  We as Christians are like the young man in our story, overwhelmed by the wrong things.  Rather than investing our time, energies, gifts, and minds in the advance of God’s Kingdom, we invest these things in things that are fading away, rust, and spoil.  May God give us the grace to recognize what we are doing with our lives and the grace to live as wise stewards!

  • We are the stewards/managers of God.
  • Everything that we have belongs to God, and He has given it to us not to waste, but to manage for His glory and the advancement of His Kingdom.
  • Sadly, we often waste His gifts on things that have no value and even to indulge our own sinful lists.
  • How am I managing the good gifts of God: mind, money, strength, training, time of godly mentors, education, freedoms, and opportunities.
 
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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in 1 Peter Sermons

 

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MacArthur on the Dangers of a Subjective Authority in the Church

Like any form of false religion, theological liberalism began as an abandonment of the authority of God’s Word. Centuries earlier, the medieval Roman Catholic Church had experienced a similar, though more gradual, departure—exchanging the authority of Scripture for the authority of ecclesiastical tradition and papal decree. That is why the Reformation was necessary. By departing from the sole authority of Scripture, both Roman Catholicism and theological liberalism became enemies of true Christianity, fraudulent versions of the very thing they claimed to represent.
The modern charismatic counterfeit is following down that same perilous path—basing its belief system on something other than the sole authority of Scripture and poisoning the church with a twisted notion of faith. Like the medieval Catholic Church, it muddles the clear teaching of Scripture and obscures the true gospel; and like Schleiermacher, it elevates subjective feelings and personal experiences to the place of highest importance. The extent to which both of those corrupt systems destroyed the lives of millions is matched by the doctrinal devastation spreading from charismatic error and confusion.
Though many charismatics give lip service to the primacy of Scripture, in practice they deny both its authority and sufficiency. Preoccupied with mystical encounters and emotional ecstasies, charismatics seek ongoing revelation from heaven—meaning that, for them, the Bible alone is simply not enough. Within a charismatic paradigm, biblical revelation must be supplemented with personal “words from God,” supposed impressions from the Holy Spirit, and other subjective religious experiences. That kind of thinking is an outright rejection of the authority and sufficiency of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16–17). It is a recipe for far-reaching theological disaster.

MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2013). Strange fire: the danger of offending the holy spirit with counterfeit worship. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Quotes

 

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Spurgeon on Random Thoughts Being Equated With Divine Revelation

Interesting excerpt: “Take care never to impute the vain imaginings of your fancy to him [the Holy Spirit]. I have seen the Spirit of God shamefully dishonoured by persons—I hope they were insane—who have said that they have had this and that revealed to them. There has not for some years passed over my head a single week in which I have not been pestered with the revelations of hypocrites or maniacs. Semi-lunatics are very fond of coming with messages from the Lord to me, and it may spare them some trouble if I tell them once for all that I will have none of their stupid messages. . . . Never dream that events are revealed to you by heaven, or you may come to be like those idiots who dare impute their blatant follies to the Holy Ghost. If you feel your tongue itch to talk nonsense, trace it to the devil, not to the Spirit of God. Whatever is to be revealed by the Spirit to any of us is in the word of God already—he adds nothing to the Bible, and never will. Let persons who have revelations of this, that, and the other, go to bed and wake up in their senses. I only wish they would follow the advice and no longer insult the Holy Ghost by laying their nonsense at his door.”

Charles Spurgeon, sermon entitled “The Paraclete,” October 6, 1872, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit: Sermons Preached and Revised, vol. 18 (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications, 1984), 563. Italics in original.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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