Some guy named "Phillip R. Johnson" (whatever; I think he writes about creation, or something) posted this video from James MacDonald, in which MacDonald explains ways to receive a word from God. Turns out there are five. To wit:
Wellnow, let's us chat about this.
First, to do that thing that drives drivebys crazy, let's anticipate the first response defenders will have: this is a very small excerpt from must have been a much longer talk, and it is out of context.
Fair enough. Absolutely true. It is possible that, just before this video, MacDonald said,
"For the next two minutes and fifty-six seconds, I am going to present some traditionalistic notions that are very popular among many Christians. I'm going to do it with warmth and enthusiasm, and even add a personal anecdote, just to be sure I'm doing a fair job of representing their position. Then, starting with the fifty-seventh second of the third minute, I'll show you why this is such dangerous nonsense."If so, that would absolutely change everything, and taking this video as representing MacDonald's thoughts would be very unfair.
So let's just focus on what is actually in the clip, rather than on MacDonald himself.
This is a test. Let's see what you've learned from our dozens of posts on this general area. How would you respond to what he said?
But even beyond that, let me broach something I'm not sure I've said before in this way.
Before giving it, I note that the vid above proceeds on the premise that of course we should accept all five ways as ways "God speaks," as ways to "hear from God," to have "the Holy Spirit speak a word," or to get, as he says explicitly and more than once, "a word from God." It's the results that we are to test by Scripture — not the ways themselves.
Note too that we need these ways, according to MacDonald. We need them. We, Christians, all Christians. He makes that very clear.
But what if we asked a more fundamental question? What if we tested the ways, and not just their results?
Suppose, in response, we just asked this multifaceted question?
What would be the premise for, and ramifications of, promoting only the way(s) in which Scripture directly and in so many words urges and directs all Christians without exception to seek and find what it itself directly calls, in so many words, a "word from God"?
Should be both fun and profitable.
POSTSCRIPT: I untangle and answer that question HERE.