We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Seek Biblical Teachings, Not Charismatic Excess

Instead of holy laughter, we need holy living.  Pep is no substitute for purity.  Words of knowledge don’t hold a candle to the words of the Bible.  Rather than being slain in the Spirit, we need to be filled with the Spirit.  Rather than dancing in the Spirit, we are commanded to walk in the Spirit.  Instead of speaking in other tongues, we need to speak more boldly the wonderful works of God in our native tongue.  The prophecies of the Bible do not need to be augmented by so-called prophets today.  God’s revelation is complete and sufficient.  Let’s devote ourselves to knowing, loving, and obeying it, and thereby to know, love, and obey our Savior more and more each day.

Charles C. Ryrie, “The Holy Spirit,” pg.183

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