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

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Emotionalism Cannot Be a Guide

We must judge teachings and practices, and these cannot be judged accurately apart from the Bible.  We must not judge something to be of God merely because it results in changed lives for the better, particularly when it is presented as a "new move" that all must accept.

If an individual's emotions are the most important activities of life, as they must be if by them alone one reaches God, then no person has any basis to complain against any emotion which another person cares to make supreme.  Emotion is supreme and is therefore its own and only judge.  The intellect is enjoined from interfering.  The emotionalist must therefore assert that there is no reason for selecting one emotion above another. The emotion which emotes most emotionally is on its own authority best and most valuable.

Gordon H. Clark, A Christian Philosophy of Education, p.148

1 comment:

High Sierra Flyfisherman said...

Glenn, Clark is a favorite. Studied him in our Sunday School class, both Logic and Christian Philosophy.
If I got it correct, he stand solidly that we must begin with God’s Word, the Bible....that truth and knowledge begin there.

Your quote says the same...
“ We must judge teachings and practices, and these cannot be judged accurately apart from the Bible.”

Thanks for bring this to peoples attention.