Office Hours: The Holy Spirit And Sola Scriptura

Office HoursOne of the dominant trends in global Christianity is the growth of the Pentecostal and the Charismatic movements. A 2011 study published by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life says that more than 500 million Christians globally identify as Pentecostal or Charismatic. American evangelicalism has steadily come under the influence of Pentecostal and Charismatic theology, piety, and practice over the last 200 years. These assumptions and convictions have brought into Reformation doctrines once considered basic, for example, the uniqueness, sufficiency, and finality of Holy Scripture as the rule for the Christian faith and the Christian life. Then there is the perennial challenge to the sufficiency of Scripture presented by the Roman claims to authority and the continuing revelation of God beyond Scripture. David VanDrunen joins us to discuss these issues.

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  1. In my 50 year experience, the ‘uniqueness, sufficiency, and finality of Holy Scripture as the rule (note rule) for the Christian faith and the Christian life’ has never been questioned by the Pentecostals, but by the liberal protestants. The impetus for this has been Darwinism and ‘Higher Criticism’, not a belief in the biblically promised ongoing presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit

    • Allan,

      There are have been multiple wings of the movement that have denied the sufficiency of Scripture. In the last 30 years alone there were the Kansas City Prophets, Brownsville, and whatever was happening at St Aldates, Oxford, when I was in the UK. In the last case, I heard people quoting an authoritative, extra-canonical prophecy by name and date. That is the denial of the sufficiency of Scripture. Extra-canonical special revelation of any kind is an implicit, even if unintentional denial of the sufficiency of Scripture.

  2. This past Sunday a “pentacostoid” song was sung [not by me!] in my “evangelical” church which talked about God having given the songster His word by a nocturnal whisper in the ear. No scripture needed.

  3. And there is of course the Catholic Charismatic Renewals where you get the worst of both worlds.

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