And, I would add, it is equally superstitious. There is no warrant anywhere in Scripture for Christians to listen for fresh revelation from God beyond what He has already given us in His written Word. In fact, Scripture unsparingly condemns all who speak even one word falsely or presumptuously in the Lord's name Deuteronomy But such warnings are simply ignored these days by those who claim to have heard afresh from God.
And not surprisingly, wherever there is a preoccupation with "fresh" prophecy, there is invariably a corresponding neglect of the Scriptures. After all, why be concerned with an ancient Book if the Living God communicates directly with us on a daily basis? These fresh words of "revelation" naturally seem more relevant and more urgent than the familiar words of the Bible.
Is it any wonder that they draw people away from Scripture? That is precisely why modern evangelicalism's infatuation with extrabiblical revelation is so dangerous. It is a return to medieval superstition and a departure from our fundamental conviction that the Bible is our sole, supreme, and sufficient authority for all of life. In other words, it represents a wholesale abandonment of the principle of sola Scriptura.
The absolute sufficiency of Scripture is summed up well in this section from the Westminster Confession of Faith:. The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men 1.
Historic Protestantism is grounded in the conviction that the canon is closed.
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No "new" revelation is necessary, because Scripture is complete and absolutely sufficient. Scripture itself is clear that the day of God's speaking directly to His people through various prophetic words and visions is past. Jude 3; Revelation Scripture—the written Word of God—is perfectly sufficient, containing all the revelation we need.
Notice 2 Timothy Paul tells Timothy:. From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
That passage makes two very important statements that pertain to the issue we are looking at. First, "All Scripture is inspired by God. It is certain; it is reliable; it is true. Jesus Himself prayed in John "Your word is truth.
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Those statements all set Scripture above every human opinion, every speculation, and every emotional sensation. Scripture alone stands as definitive truth.
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It speaks with an authority that transcends every other voice. Second, The passage teaches that Scripture is utterly sufficient, "able to make you wise for salvation Are extrabiblical messages from God necessary to equip us to glorify Him? Certainly not. Those who seek fresh messages from God have in effect scorned the absolute certainty and absolute sufficiency of the written Word of God. And they have set in its place their own fallen and fallible imaginations. If the church does not return to the principle of sola Scriptura , the only revival we will see is a revival of the superstition and darkness that characterized medieval religion.
Does the Spirit of God move our hearts and impress us with specific duties or callings? Certainly, but He works through the Word of God to do that. They are not revelation , but the effect of illumination , when the Holy Spirit applies the Word to our hearts and opens our spiritual eyes to its truth. We must guard carefully against allowing our experience and our own subjective thoughts and imaginations to eclipse the authority and the certainty of the more sure Word.
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The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided. Registered User Guest. Log out. The absolute sufficiency of Scripture is summed up well in this section from the Westminster Confession of Faith: The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men 1.
Paul tells Timothy: From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Does this mean God has stopped speaking? Certainly not, but He speaks today through His Word. Subscribe to comments without commenting Make a Comment Note: All comments must be approved before being posted. Email me when someone posts a comment. Comments are now closed. Send to a Friend Reply. Filter: Everything Library Store. Currently Playing Audio Video.
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