In this episode of Fighting for the Faith, Pastor Chris Rosebrough examines several people’s claims of how to hear from God against scripture. Given how popular the idea of internally “listening” for God is these days, this episode is a must listen.
The protestant departure from Sola Scriptura, the principle that the Scriptures alone provide all the truth needed to find salvation and to grow in godliness, has troubled me for some time. I find it at the root of many false teachings as well as the rampant desire for God experiences and personal revelation. I was planning to post about Sola Scriptura today thanks to a message I listened to yesterday, but I’m going to hold off one more day. Instead, I want to share part of a very important piece by Dan Phillips (@BibChr on twitter) of The Pyromaniacs blog.
Phillips’ piece is a “pre-review” of a book called How Then Should we Choose? edited by Douglas S. Huffman. It has three sections about discerning God’s will and making decisions, one of which is called the “specific will” position. In the book Henry and Richard Blackaby advocate this viewpoint, which Phillips criticizes as unbiblical (I completely agree!). Even though the critique was written back in 2009, I think it is still important today because the Blackabys’ influence has certainly grown. Continue reading
Just the other day I posted that Christians should be wary of God “experiences.” Although there are many prominent promoters of practices that claim to be ways to hear directly from God (other than by reading the Bible), it is my fear that these are really paths toward self-deception or worse.
As a follow up I’d like to share my thoughts about a book whose author purports to have received messages from God (which she turned into a bestselling book).
A couple months ago I was given a devotional book called Jesus Calling, and although I never read devotionals I began to examine the book. What I found shocked me. The author, Sarah Young, claims to have received revelations from Jesus through dialogue journaling (something she learned from two “listeners” who wrote another book called God Calling. I’ll get to that in a minute). Her book is even written as if Jesus is speaking those messages directly to the reader, which I personally think borders (or crosses into) blasphemy.
Alarm bells began to clang in my head. Continue reading