Should you be suspicious when someone claims to have “heard from the Lord”?

Dan Phillips disagreed with one aspect of Kevin DeYoung’s book on doing God’s will.

DeYoung wants to be sure “that you don’t think I am suspicious every time someone claims to have heard from the Lord” (74). But he also states that he is “just not blown away” by such claims.

Well, as you know, I am suspicious of such claims, totally and without apology. I just don’t see God looking at us and saying, “You know, you kids have done such a terrific, bang-up, faithful job learning and doing and preaching the 66 books full of inerrant revelation I’ve already given you… what you need is just one more little special touch!” Just Do Not See it. Can’t say “can’t” — like I can’t say it can’t snow in the Sahara. But I can say “unlikely enough not to be looking for it,” and bring your own water.

I don’t think DeYoung would disagree with me.

I don’t think DeYoung would disagree with not being able to “see God looking at us and saying, ‘You know, you kids have done such a terrific, bang-up, faithful job learning and doing and preaching the 66 books full of inerrant revelation I’ve already given you… what you need is just one more little special touch!'” But he would disagree with being suspicious every time someone claimed to have heard from the Lord.

This is the connection we tend to make but have not justified: if someone says he heard from the Lord, then he says the Scriptures are not sufficient. That does not necessarily follow.

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About pjtibayan

I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
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