Thursday, October 22, 2015


Related To The Holy Spirit...?

Jen Pollack Michel interviews J.D. Greear about his book on the Holy Spirit. One exchange:
You ask readers to move beyond theological debates over miraculous gifts (healing, prophecy, speaking in tongues). Why?

Too often, discussion about the Holy Spirit runs on two tracks: the conservative track and the charismatic track. Secondary issues create a quagmire, and both sides miss the most important thing: that the Spirit of God wants to have fellowship with us.

I heard a charismatic theologian talk about how the theme of Galatians was the fullness of the Spirit. Instinctively, I wanted to say, “No, it’s justification by faith.” But when I reread Galatians, I realized he was right. For Paul, the two things are one and the same. The deeper you go into understanding you’ve been justified by faith, the more alive you become in the Spirit.
Amen and Amen.

Charismatics think we're nuts and vice versa. The answer is not to fight, but to synthesize.


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