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April 13, 2012, rev. May 11

NAR - Extra-Biblical Revelation

The following paragraph is taken from C. Peter Wagner’s Aug.18, 2011 update on what he calls “The New Apostolic Reformation.” As of April 10, 2012 it was posted at: http://www.globalspheres.org/.

 

“Some object to the notion that God communicates directly with us, supposing that everything that God wanted to reveal He revealed in the Bible. This cannot be true, however, because there is nothing in the Bible that says it has 66 books. It actually took God a couple of hundred years to reveal to the church which writings should be included in the Bible and which should not. That is extra-biblical revelation. Even so, Catholics and Protestants still disagree on the number. Beyond that, I believe that prayer is two way, we speak to God and expect Him to speak with us. We can hear God’s voice. He also reveals new things to prophets as we have seen. The one major rule governing any new revelation from God is that it cannot contradict what has already been written in the Bible. It may supplement it, however.”

Off to a Bad Start!
Frankly, I am surprised that former Fuller professor, Dr. C. Peter Wagner, would offer such an anemic and illogical argument for his belief in extra-Biblical revelation! To start with, most Christians believe that God communicates directly with us by His Holy Spirit, but would reject his “extra-biblical revelation.” Wagner tries to manipulate us with the assumption that those two can’t harmonize.

Then, his attempt to justify his position by diminishing the integrity of the Biblical canon of 66 books as we know it, and as has been accepted in Christendom since before 400 A.D., astonishes me! Finally, he trivializes God when he says, “It actually took God a couple of hundred years to reveal to the church which writings should be included in the Bible and which should not.” That process was absolutely not “extra-biblical revelation” in the way he uses those words to justify his Dominionism, his modern-day Apostles and more.

Wagner betrays his attitude toward God’s Word and shows why he says that we need “revelation” beyond the scriptures. It is easy to see how he can arrive at such faulty conclusions! What has happened to our humility before God and His written Word - - the only true source of Truth?

The Truth of the Matter
This violation of “Scripture Alone” is probably the most convincing evidence of the overall error of Dominionism and the NAR. It moves one from the Rock, to sand, and the outcome is predictable.

Yes, we need insight into what is given to us in the scriptures. And we need God to uncover or “reveal” precious truths to us as we go deeper with Him. Certainly He communicates directly with us by His Holy Spirit. I can’t explain His work more clearly than what you read here. Beautiful!! I loooove it!

Further, John F. Walvoord has an excellent article here called, “The Spirit at Work in Revealing Truth.” He concludes by saying, “God is speaking today - speaking through nature and speaking through the Bible - and guiding man in his daily life. Primarily, however, God speaks to man through the Scriptures, and He does not reveal normative truth except as it is already revealed in the Scriptures themselves. The test of truth must remain not what man experiences today but what the Scriptures have stated long ago.” 

Wagner is proposing additional “normative truth” to instruct us in our day. He needs that, to lead us into his Dominionism with his “Apostolic Governance” and his “Office of Prophet” and other false doctrine.

The Word of God is all we need to thoroughly equip us for every good work, as we read in II Tim. 3:14-17. And it has great power in the life of those who receive it as “the word of God,” as in I Thess. 2:13.

Consider these Old and New Testament scriptures about adding to or taking from God’s Word. Regardless of the time in which they were written they reveal His understanding of our inclination to make our own rules, and express His attitude toward that.
 
Deut. 4:2 - Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.
 
Deut. 12:32 - See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.
 
Prov. 30:5-6 - Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
 
Rev. 22:18-19 - I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
Extra-Biblical Revelation in Wayne County, OH
There has been a strong influence in that direction. In an Aug. 2010 letter to three pastors, I said:
 

“That you see the need for “truth” in addition to the uncovering of the Truth of scripture by the Holy Spirit to the believer (often through a pastor or teacher), helps me understand the statement that the prophetic anointing is coming and will be here soon, and that it is by the prophetic anointing that truth will be revealed. It also helps me understand why you are able to embrace some of the basic tenets of contemporary, post-Biblical-Christian movements across the church.

We don’t need prophets to reveal Truth to us. We need pastors and teachers who know Jesus; who understand man; and who humbly but boldly bring the two together.”

In our conversation, a pastor suggested that the scriptures are enough to “bring us to salvation” but implied that we need the message of prophets (extra-biblical revelation) to advance beyond that. In my letter I responded:
 

“Isn’t II Timothy 3:14-17 the text that he used to suggest that the scripture is enough to bring us to “salvation” but that we need “the prophetic anointing through which truth is revealed” to advance beyond it? He did that. Doesn’t that contradict Paul’s statement here that the scripture is sufficient to “thoroughly equip us for every good work”?

Secondly, doesn’t it deny the meaning of the word salvation, implying that it is only the initial act of being saved from our past sins and their consequences – instead of its more accurate meaning of being set free from past bondage and brought into relationship with God and becoming recipients of the LIFE He offers? Doesn’t salvation mean, “to deliver, to be made whole?” And isn’t there the continuous experience of salvation, i.e. God’s work day by day in the believer’s life, as in I Cor. 1:18?

Conclusion
Extra-Biblical revelation is necessary to support Dominionism, the NAR, and their offspring because they are certainly not in the Bible! As I say in “Dominionism, Another Gospel,” if I could convince you that 4 + 4 = 10, then you could believe that 10 + 4 = 15; that 4 x 15 = 75; and that 75 – 4 = 70 - - all of which would be logical based on the original lie that you accepted. That is what is happening here!

Other Study Resources
The Spirit at Work in Revealing Truth – John Walvoord
What is the Role of the Holy Spirit in our Lives Today?, on www.gotquestions.org

Ken Stoltzfus, P.O. Box 228, Kidron, OH 44636
Tel. 330-857-6312      kog@flyinghigher.net     

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