Wednesday, January 16, 2008

When Kent and the boys returned from the Reality Check
Conference in Chattanooga, TN, they brought me back a
special gift. They brought me a copy of the recently
released book the Discipline of Spiritual Discernment
by Tim Challies. (They even had him sign it for me.)

Who needs chocolates and flowers when there are books
to be had?

This paragraph, that I read this morning, give a good
picture of what Challies is getting at in his book.

"When we have rejected the doctrine of the sufficiency of
Scripture, we allow Christians to depend on things other
than the Bible as their guide to matters of life and faith.
In particular, people begin to depend upon mysticism, upon
ways of supposedly knowing God apart from the Bible. They
look inward for intrinsic wisdom rather than outward to the
Bible for its extrinsic wisdom. They forsake biblical reason
in favor of feelings, voices, visions, or other subjective
means of supposedly knowing God. This is a deadly error, for
spiritual discernment must be founded upon God's objective
revelation of himself in Scripture. We can only judge between
what is wrong and what is right when we know what God says
to be true. We can know this only from Scripture."

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