Collective Works

 

As a follower of Jesus Christ for some 36 years now, I wish I had a dollar for every time I have encountered someone who claimed to have had a “word from God.” Every false teaching and cult has started with someone who claimed to have had some “revelation” from God apart from Scripture. Extra Biblical Revelation is a false teaching…

I read today on Drudge report that David Wilkerson claims to have had such a revelation. Wilkerson claims that the holy Spirit has revealed to him that “an imminent “earth-shattering calamity” centered in New York City and which will spread to major urban areas across the country and around the world – and is part of what he sees as a judgment from God” is about to happen. Ok – what does the scripture say about extra biblical revelation?

“In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”

Heb 1:1-2 (RSV)

The writer of Hebrews says here that yes in the PAST God used such a mode of revelation…you see the canon of scripture was not closed at that time. BUT IN THESE LAST DAYS God “HAS SPOKEN to us by His son.” The “But” is instructive here…it is not there by coincidence…No longer does God speak to man in the way claimed by Wilkerson. God HAS SPOKEN – period. Past tense. The canon of scripture is closed, and the totally sufficient revelation of God to man is found SOLELY in the pages of scripture.

If a person gets any type of revelation directly from God, including such gifts as speaking in tongues, then that revelation is just as infallible, inerrant and totally sufficient as the written Word of God. Anyone that teaches anything contrary to Hebrews 1:1-2 is teaching false doctrine.

What is really scary is that a former leader of the Southern Baptist Convention is encouraging this false teaching and nonsense. Again, the only way to listen to God today is through the Bible, the sole Word of God – period. Anything else is false teaching.

Now, do I believe that America is overdue some serious consequences for our sin and idolatry. Absolutely (especially for our lack of reverence for human life). Do I believe that this might happen in New York. Absolutely. I studied Geology many years ago, and to some degree still do. New York was named in a Geology class in the late 70’s as a prime location for a major catastrophe via an earthquake. IF this happens soon Wilkerson may claim credit for warning of this impending calamity (it will be nothing more than a coincidence if it does). However, if it does not, is he going to subject himself to the same consequences an OT prophet underwent if their prediction was proven false? I doubt that very much, any more than Hal Lindsey did when he was wrong about the date for the second coming of Christ in the 80’s.

Folks, if you want a “word from God” then spend time in the Word of God, the 66 books of the Bible. That is the only place you are going to get one…