Authentic Fire is Dr. Michael Brown’s book-length response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference. Because of the importance of this debate, TheCripplegate is using every Thursday to respond chapter-by-chapter to Authentic Fire. You can find an overview of this debate, as well as links to the reviews for each chapter by clicking here.
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Chapter 9 Summary
1. A God to Be Experienced – Dr. Brown opens the chapter by talking about how God is a god who is not just known, but experienced. He comments on how he encounters God through his written Word and gives the disclaimer “At the same time, God has not called us into a relationship with a Book but into a relationship with Himself, and, as a former cessationist once remarked, the Trinity is not composed of the Father, Son, and Holy Bible but of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (Kindle Locations 4106-4108). Dr. Brown then asks the question “are you enjoying real fellowship with God?”
In order to illustrate the dangers of an exclusively intellectual encounter of God, Dr. Brown gives a few quotes from Dan Wallace who says things like “although charismatics have sometimes given a higher priority to experience than to relationship, rationalistic evangelicals have just as frequently given a higher priority to knowledge than to relationship. … This emphasis on knowledge over relationship can produce in us a bibliolatry.” (Kindle Locations 4122-4123). Continue Reading…