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Are You Sure That's God You Are Hearing From?

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"Audible Voice: Though seemingly rare, God has and still can speak audibly. Adam and Eve heard God's voice in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:8). God spoke audibly to Moses from the burning bush (Ex. 3:4-6) and to all Israel from Mount Sinai (Ex. 20:1-22). In the New Testament, the Father endorsed Jesus at His baptism and His transfiguration with a literal voice. Saul and his posse saw Christ in a blinding light and heard His voice (Ac. 9:3-7). God is sovereign, and He can speak however and whenever He wants." -- Ben Godwin

These biblical references are all true and I am sure there are more instances recorded in the canon of Scripture but what are these really? Are they normative or outliers? The answer is if you have only a handful of instances within a 6000 year record of history, they are outliers. They are not the norm yet in modern Charismania on any given Sunday you could have hundreds of preachers claiming a direct audible voice of God. Joseph Prince alone has claimed more audible words from God than the totality of instances in the Bible. It is just absurd. Another way of seeing the absolute silliness of this is the nature of the encounters. Even the most conversant encounter, such as Moses, is depicts Moses filled with reverent awe. Not so with the evangelical leaders of today who seem to have something akin to the red phone from Commissioner Gordon's office with a line straight to the throne room of God. Consider the testimony of Kim Walker Smith, worship leader for the heretical Jesus Culture. She claims that Jesus Himself visited her while she was awake and whisked her away to the third heaven where she met the Father face to face. Did she fall down in worship? Did she say she had unclean lips like Isaiah? Not at all! Instead she stammered like a coy school girl and asked the vapid question, "What were you thinking about when you made me?" The Father allegedly responds by ripping out a piece of His heart and molding a miniature Kim Walker-Smith to place in a music box to dance and worship for Him as He clapped demonically. I say demonically because we know this was a demonic visitation. How are we sure? Because the Bible assures us that if she had met the Father face to face she would be dead. This is why you do not abandon the surety of Scripture for the longings of our wickedly deceitful hearts.

"Angelic Visitation: Angels are agents on assignment--God's messengers sent to minister to heirs of salvation. There are numerous instances in Scripture where angels informed, warned or conveyed divine messages to individuals. They are still on the job.

Visions and Dreams: "I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh ... your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams" (Acts 2:17). A vision is an inspired appearance (something you see literally with your eyes or in your mind or spirit). A dream is something seen in your sleep or something you imagine doing--a goal or an aspiration. God can insert images and ideas into our minds whether we are conscious or not.

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