Collection of Clicks

To stay with our inerrancy theme, below is a few resources/articles written in the past week or two from some of our regular blog stops.

Mystics start with their personal experience of God or of the risen Christ. What matters most to them is not what God’s Word actually and clearly says but what they knew from their immediate, personal, mystical encounter with God. Though they start with experience and affection (feeling) they end up in the very similar place to that of the rationalist. They talk about Scripture but they follow it only when it confirms what they have already experienced. They are resistant to what Scripture actually and clearly teaches. They may talk about sola Scriptura but what really drives and shapes their theology, piety, and practice is sola experiente (according to experience alone). The mystic is committed to the Quest for Illegitimate Religious Experience (QIRE). He is ultimately unsatisfied with Scripture.

You see, if what they speak is a word of God, I am morally obligated to believe it. It doesn’t matter what the content is: a word from God has God’s authority, and “an authoritative word is one that imposes obligations on those who hear.” Well, I hear. What is my obligation? If it is God’s word, I am obligated to believe it. And if it is not, I am obligated to rebuke and expose them as false prophets.

  • Shepherds Conference, General Session 7 by Carl Trueman.