Response on Pyromaniacs to the Blackaby Denial of Sola Scriptura

As most readers are probably aware, on Thursday and Friday of last week Dan Phillips of the Pyromaniacs blog began posting a response to Henry and Richard Blackaby’s chapter in How Then Should We Choose? Three Views on God’s Will and Decision Making. This is important to Strange BaptistFire readers because the view presented by the Blackabys in How Then Should We Choose? is the same view presented in Experiencing God, which has been profoundly influential in Southern Baptist circles.

One implication for Southern Baptists of the Blackaby view of extra-biblical special revelation is indicated in Phil Johnson’s following comment on Dan Phillip’s first post:

One thing I don’t understand is why someone who accepts Blackaby’s approach to divine guidance wouldn’t simply apply Balckaby’s [sic] arguments on a wider scale and become a REAL charismatic.

On the other hand, perhaps that is the whole point: Blackaby has found a way to let Southern Baptists have Charismatic mysticism without glossolalia. This way the SBC loses fewer people to the Assemblies of God and the Vineyard.

Read “Non Sola Scriptura- the Blackaby view of God’s will:”
Part 1
Part 2

I also encourage readers to view an old Pyromaniac post on a related topic HERE.

In reading the posts linked above, I would ask readers familiar with the Blackaby view to consider questions such as the following:

1. Should Christians today expect to receive a specific word from God apart from the Word of God (the Bible)?
2. Should Christians today look to the biblical accounts of how God appeared to the prophets and the apostles as examples of how we should expect God to appear to us?
3. If Christians receive a specific word from God apart from the Word of God is this other word inerrant and infallible? (Related: Can God, who cannot lie, even speak in a way that it subject to error or failing?)
4. If a Christian does believe that he or she has received a specific word from God apart from the Word of God, does that Christian sin if he or she does not obey this other Word?

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12 Comments on “Response on Pyromaniacs to the Blackaby Denial of Sola Scriptura”

  1. thomastwitchell Says:

    You know the fate of those who have direct revelations would seem to make one want to avoid them: “Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”

    To that we could add the whole nation of Israel… dangerous, this messenger busines is.

  2. thomastwitchell Says:

    #3. The vast majority of the charismatics are Arminian except for a small wedge of the Reformed. I can understand the error in the first, God can fail them. The latter group I have the real problem with for the very reason that the Reformed camp holds so tightly to sovereignty that it would seem that without things like the confirmation of tongues or of prophecy being legitimized by the school of prophets, the gifts are invalid. On the other hand, if those “messages” are real, what are we to make of sola Scriptura? And, just what are the facts of the matter? Do so called words of knowledge fail sometimes in that segment of the Reformed camp?

  3. Leo Says:

    Does the Scripture not teach us that Jesus Christ is THE final revelation of God to man (John 1:18, 15:15; Hebrews 1:1-2)?


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