Monday, October 24, 2011

Dunn: spiritually packaged

Monday, October 24, 2011
    Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
    —1 Corinthians 14:29 (NIV)
    The more highly valued a word of prophecy is by the church, the more open is that church to deception, the more liable is it to be led astray by false prophecy. Failure to recognize the role of discerning of spirits means failure to recognize the character of prophecy and prevents the gift of prophecy functioning properly. As in the worshipping assembly tongues without interpretation is in fact only half a gift, so prophecy without evaluation is in effect only half a gift.
    ... James D. G. Dunn (b. 1939), from “According to the Spirit of Jesus” in Theological Renewal, Bramcote, Nottingham [England] : Grove Books, 1975-1983, #5, 1977, p. 17 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant us wisdom to discern Your word.
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Blogger Pat Pope said...

I think the same can be said for anything we exalt in the Church above where it should be, whether that be the Bible, the sacraments, our ministries, the pastor, etc.

October 25, 2011 at 4:27 PM  

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