expresses my reaction to prominent
evangelical scholars who insist God does
not speak to His people today! How
arrogant: they can speak, but He can't!
But don't misunderstand. I affirm
Scripture is inspired, infallible,
definitive and the only indisputable way
God speaks. Yet it is a limited
It tells us not to commit fornication or
adultery, but not who to marry. It warns
us against greed, but doesn't tell us
when a better-paying job offer is God's
blessing. It charges pastors to "preach
the Word," yet does not reveal the text
or topic their people need on any given
Sunday morning. And If we can't hear
from Him, how can we speak for Him?
Thus, Scripture is general, God's voice
is specific. Scripture is fundamental,
God's voice is supplemental. We need
Scripture daily, God's voice as needed.
This does not diminish the imperative of
Bible study and obedience. It just shows
we understand God's Scripture and voice
compliment, not compete against, each
Our daily experiences are making us cry
out, "We need God to speak to our hearts
with specific personal guidance,
warning, reassurance, or correction,"
but these theologians won't hear us! Or
God, trying to correct them. I hear
The hardhearted, blind, nationally
respected Jewish leaders ordered the
apostles "not to speak at all" in Jesus'
name. These evangelical leaders today -
though respected by so many - go
further: they forbid God to speak! Why?
It offends their doctrine! I say their
doctrine offends God!
He who gave us mouths, dare we hush Him?
He who made our ears, dare He not use
them? He who bled for us, dare any
Christian leader cut us off from
receiving His delivering messages in
desperate moments - by quickened Bible
texts, or God's "still, small voice," or
a sermon, or a devotional book, or, yes,
even prophecy if rendered by a sound,
humble prophetically gifted believer? Or
by any other means the sovereign Savior
may wish to use (cf. 2 Pet. 2:16)?
Ironically, their audacity is also
unscriptural. Jesus spoke to believers
often in the Acts, yet these leaders
claim He has changed - while they teach,
and correctly, Jesus is "the same"
yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews
13:8). I've made my decision.
I'm praying Samuel's biblical prayer,
"Speak Lord; for thy servant heareth" (1
Samuel 3:9, 10); and wise Solomon's
plea, "Give ... thy servant an
understanding [hearing] heart" (1 Kings
3:9). And I expect to hear His voice.