Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Subjective Title

Call it a subjective sense of calling or call it prophecy... what's the difference?. Adrian rightly asks - are the differences just semantics? What is the difference between a subjective sense of calling that must be tested by Scripture and a 'prophecy' that must also be tested by Scripture. Reformed Charismatic CJ Mahaney adds his amen to Adrian's. So does this one.

The only danger we have is when what's subjective rises above what's objective. But which sane charismatics want to do that? We need to have scripture as the foundation under our feet, cherished in our hearts and ruling over our heads. We need to be saturated with the word of God. As Shudall says, we really don't have enough of God's word among us, and that lets subjectivity run riot. Keep experience governed by what God has said in his word and we're free to enjoy experience extensively.

Christians are blessed. Objectively. As in, Galatians 3v9 and 14, So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith... in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. That's identity changing blessing. That's eternity changing blessing. That's good news.

Christians are blessed. Subjectively. As in Galatians 4v15, What then has become of the blessing you felt? A joyful experience of God's blessing that led to sacrificial living. That's not just experience, that's transforming experience. That's good news.

Amen, Adrian for your observation.