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What Does It Really Mean When Someone Says They’ve Received A Direct Word From God?

Some Christians want us to believe God still speaks today.
It’s the same as Bible times…but different.
What if we did treat such words from God as the Bible tells us we should?
From Dan Phillips at Pyromaniacs.

Let’s make a step forward from the basic considerations we laid down about any word from God, a couple of posts ago. I’ll take this as established:

  • There is no such thing as a word from God that is erroneous. If a word affirms error, it is not God who is speaking (Num. 23:19; Jn. 17:17; Tit. 1:2; Heb. 6: 18).
  • There is no such thing as a word from God that is not absolutely morally-binding (Deut. 18:19; Jn. 15:22). This absolute obligation is all-encompassing: if God tells us to act or refrain from acting, we must comply; if God tells us to think or believe, we must agree. I sin equally if I fail to love my wife (Eph. 5:25), and if I fail to refrain from committing adultery (Rom. 13:9) — but I also sin if I do not believe that Christ is God (Jn. 1:1) and that He became flesh (v. 14).

Sad but true, I wish I could say that all professed Christians (myself included) “get that” in terms of accepting and embracing and practicing it with complete consistency regarding the Bible. Sanctification is a process.
But I’d like to stir your pure minds to thought in another direction. Take a hypothetical — oh boy, I wish it were hypothetical. But let’s put it as one.

HYPOTHETICAL: Brother X says that God “told” or “has called” him to do Y, which is not in any way directly stated or contained in Scripture.

Now here are my questions, and I really would urge you to think hard about this. Picture me looking you straight in the eye, requiring that you lock gazes with me as I say very intently: it is failure to think through the implications of such claims that accounts for a great deal of sloppiness and error in the professing church today.
My questions, then:

  • What absolute and immediate obligation does that put on every person who hears that assertion?
  • What must the consequences be for church discipline?

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Another Common Conversation Between Pastors

This basic theme is also common in conversations between pastors.