As a teacher of God’s Word something I hear very well meaning Christians say all the time that has me increasingly frustrated lately is, “God told me…”
Of course I never utter the words “cringe worthy extra biblical revelation” out loud but that is often where my mind immediately goes.
When we assume that God is speaking to us individually, apart from his word, we elevate ourselves to the status of a prophet. When we call our own thoughts God’s words, we are thinking too highly of ourselves and not nearly highly enough of God.
In his book, Gospel and Wisdom, Graeme Goldsworthy writes, “Every case of special guidance given to individuals in the Bible has to do with that person’s place in the outworking of God’s saving purposes.” He adds, “There are no instances in the Bible in which God gives special and specific guidance to the ordinary…
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