From: Rich Blinne (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Feb 18 2003 - 15:20:10 EST
>Can such principles also apply to other claims of revelation? What additional principles for assessing such claims have I overlooked?
First and foremost the rule is consonance with Scripture. That is even
when the alleged revelation is accompanied by signs and wonders. Deut.
^ 1 If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and
announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, ^ 2 and if the sign or
wonder of which he has spoken *takes place*, and he says, "Let us follow
other gods" (gods you have not known) "and let us worship them," ^ 3 you
must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. [emphasis mine]
Signs and wonders are a necessary but not sufficient condition of the
prophetic office. In fact, as we see above they are not even the
primary condition. Since the rule (consonance with Scripture) is
independent on whether you are a prophet or not, that is what we should
be judging our thoughts and feelings to see if they are "of God". While
providence, prayer, and godly counsel may be a guide for our decisions
it should only be amongst otherwise Biblical options.
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