[There are] grave problems raised by the habit of giving and receiving personal "messages" of guidance through the gifts of the Spirit ... The Bible gives a place for such direction from the Holy Spirit ... But it must be kept in proportion. An examination of the Scriptures will show us that as a matter of fact the early Christians did not continually receive such voices from heaven. In most cases they made their decisions by the use of what we often call "sanctified common sense" and lived quite normal lives. Many of our errors where spiritual gifts are concerned arise when we want to make the extraordinary and exceptional to be made frequent and habitual. Let all who develop excessive desire for "messages" through the gifts take warning from the wreckage of past generations as well as contemporaries ... The Holy Scriptures are a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Sanctified Common Sense
I am reading the book 'Just Do Something' by Kevin DeYoung. In it he quotes Assemblies of God writer Donald Gee: