Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The First Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Spiritual Guidance? Dr. Gordon H. Clark Comments on Knowing Scripture

Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement has infiltrated virtually every Evangelical denomination today, including, unfortunately, the Reformed denominations.  The Pentecostals and Charismatics are especially fond of showing off their spiritual discernment and ability to foretell the future and following the leading of the Holy Spirit.  But as Dr. Gordon H. Clark's comment below will convincingly show, these folks are sadly mistaken.  The only source of information that the Christian can depend upon is the infallible and inerrant Scriptures.  The Scriptures are fully inspired and every word that is written was literally and univocally breathed out by God.  Everything else, as even the Charismatic theologian Wayne Grudem acknowledges in his book, The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today, is fallible and someone's opinion.  Some Dispensationalists have challenged Grudem on this: FALLIBLE NEW TESTAMENT PROPHECY/PROPHETS? A CRITIQUE OF WAYNE GRUDEM'S HYPOTHESIS, by F. David Farnell.  (As a side note, I graduated from Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God, Lakeland, Florida in 1991).

Dr. Clark says:

For "guidance," which so many Christians woefully misunderstand, the best procedure is to study all the Scripture, remember as much as possible, and then hope that what is pertinent to a present personal difficulty will come to mind when needed.  The idea of waiting for trouble to arise, and then beginning to search the Scriptures, is a poor method.  Of course it is worse to wait for "the leading of the Spirit" without the knowledge, discrimination, and judgment that honest intellectual study alone will bring.
Dr. Gordon H. Clark.  Philippians.  (Hobbs:  The Trinity Foundation, 1996).  Page 24.

See also:  Philippians.

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