Do cessationists have a real relationship with God?

21st Century Reformation quotes a paragraph from one of my previous posts:"The cessationist who concerns me is the one who does not believe that there is any sense in which we have a relational experience of God today."and responded as follows before producing some quotes to support his position:Oh for a thousand tongues to sing my great redeemers praise. Such affection only comes from what Adrian here calls ?a relationship experience of GodHere is the Major issue. This passion to share … [Read more...]

Fallible Prophecy?

JOLLYBLOGGER has a helpful contribution to our debate on the charismatic view of prophecy. He explains Grudem's view of NT prophecy and why he doesnt quite believe it. He concludes:"When we call something 'prophecy' that is really my own interpretation of some spontaneous impression we are giving a greater weight to that impression/interpretation than it can carry. The same applies when we use phrases like 'God told me.' Calling my own spontaneous (and subjective by the way) impressions … [Read more...]

Fallible Prophecy?

Postscript Posthaste: Fallible Prophecy?: "When I read this post by Adrian Warnock this morning, I just had to respond. Particularly because he has backed himself into such a corner, he's bound to come out the other side as either a cessationist himself or a very inconsistent charismatic (if he hasn't achieved that title already)."He then goes on to talk about scripture-forming prophecy and claim that because scripture-forming prophecy was infallible then all prophecy is infallible. Once … [Read more...]

The charismatic debate – are impressions prophecy?

In the ongoing charismatic debate JOLLYBLOGGER: speaks of the reformed doctrine of providence:"I think this speaks to charismatics and cessationists. To the charismatics it blurs the natural/supernatural distinction. In other words its not as if God is absent from the natural and present in the supernatural. God is present in everything. The fact that I just took a breath is an example of direct, divine activity. In other words, I am as dependent on the power of God to enable me to … [Read more...]

Charismatics, prophecy and healing

I hope that this latest charismata discussion will help us to correct misunderstandings. For example, Agent Tim thinks I believe tongues is a means of salvation- I have never said that and reject that notion totally! Also, unbelievably for me even after our debate of last year jollyblogger seems stuck with the idea that prophecy is about perfect revelations we cant question. How this fits with the biblical notion of NT prophecy as fallible to be "tested" and which gives incomplete knowledge I … [Read more...]

The joys of blogging

There is something gratifiying about blogging. Especially something about marking milestones in the life of a blog. The history of Challies Dot Com is both an encouragement to bloggers who feel no one will ever notice them, and a warning to those of us Challies outs as slackers. Challies advocates daily committment to blogging. My own erratic style probably isnt the best and Challies marks 2 years of not stop blogging by saying: "I know that once I take a day off I will take another and … [Read more...]

Announcing two new Warnie Award winners

Every now and then you discover a blog and you think, "why o why wasnt I reading this before?" Today's warnie award ceremony brings you not one but two of these. Both of these blogs seem to have been touched with the influence of Piper to a greater or lesser extent. Both of these blogs seem to be being linked to in quite a number of places at the moment. Both of them are the rare kind of blogs that I really love that manage to combine theological posts with other "real life" issues and some … [Read more...]

New warnie winners graphic

Phil has come up with a new warnie award graphic for winners to display on their blogs.- what do you think of it? If previous winners like it and want to place it on their blog the code for the three different sizes of award is at the bottom of this post.Previous winners of the award are not of course obligated to place the award on their blog, but it is a way for bloggers to direct their readers to the warnie awards aggregator.If you want to be a warnie winner, or better yet you think someone … [Read more...]

Girl talk's Warnie Acceptance Speech

girl talk: have posted their acceptance speech. Do pop over there and pay them a visit. And guys, it is ok to drop them an email to congratulate them on their great blog! So here are some extracts from their speech!They should get another award for the kindest words about my blog anyone has said in their Warnie award. I am at a loss for why they were so nice, but then again years of listening to the man they call dad speak about other people at the beginning of his sermon should have made … [Read more...]

A new "Warnie" award winner is revealed……..

For those of you who are new to the concept of the "Warnie" awards, these are a fun way that every now and then I acknowledge a blogger who is in my view outstanding. The rough criteria I use is that a blog must be-1. A blog which I like and read regularly2. Relatively unknown at the moment, but in my view deserving of much greater attention3. Not too embarrassed when I approach them to offer an award!In fact, the "Warnie" seems to have become something of a collectors item lately and most … [Read more...]