Re: personal revelations

From: Rich Blinne (
Date: Tue Feb 18 2003 - 15:20:10 EST

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    bivalve wrote:

    >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.
    13:1-3a says:

    ^ 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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