Testing Those Spirits in Books

Many people use as justification for a certain matter the fact that the (visible) consequences seem to have been good. Surely, they say, you do not want to quench the Spirit by denying such things or negating the impact God’s made through them by (gasp!) holding them up to scrutiny?

I dispute such notions. Just because the Lord Almighty uses something to bless people does not therefore make it good, or even “neutral”. To think that it does is often a mixture of superstition – to which I allude above – and pragmatism – which, since I have already written on it before, I shall not treat here. Only God fully understands consequences and effects into the distant future, so to judge on the basis of our limited experience and sight against biblical testimony is foolhardy. Nevertheless, we see this happening all the time.

By such false justifications some Christian or another has defended every bad book, whether it was borderline heretical to the historic faith or rested on terrible ways of drawing premises from Scripture. If something is true to God’s revealed word, its truth should be able to come out of the crucible preserved and refined. This I will not call “my perspective” or something so untestable and unaccountable: it is as true for you as for me, regardless of the possible difference in our temperaments.

Fiat lux et veritas (Let there be light and truth).


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