Interesting pictures but the angels look more like vikings and Jesus didn't have long hair. Also disagree with the author's interpretation of the FallInteresting pictures but the angels look more like vikings and Jesus didn't have long hair. Also disagree with the author's interpretation of the Fall where Christ is "happily" kicking Adam and Eve of the garden. The major problem however is that Adam refers to Christ as his "Dad", which is heresy because Christ is not our Father....more
Fascinating story of Norman Shepherd and how poorly Westminster Seminary dealt with his false teachings. Didn't fully agree with Robertson's approachFascinating story of Norman Shepherd and how poorly Westminster Seminary dealt with his false teachings. Didn't fully agree with Robertson's approach to the controversy based on Acts 15. Edmund Clowney who was the seminary president at the time made several bad moves, like telling the churches not to talk about the controversy and for concerned individuals to follow Matthew 18. But a seminary professor teaching false doctrine is not a personal offense. The Bible commands church leaders to refute those who contradict sound doctrine publicly....more
This book is a pleasant surprise, a very interesting and edifying read. I was under the impression that Nee was an imbalanced Charismatic (he is in soThis book is a pleasant surprise, a very interesting and edifying read. I was under the impression that Nee was an imbalanced Charismatic (he is in some cases) with not much to offer, but he does have some very good insights. This book in part is a fairly in-depth study of Romans, which I didn't expect.
There are caveats, to be sure. Nee tends toward extremes when he derives his doctrine from isolated verses without considering the rest of Scripture. He has other tendencies that remind me of liberals like Tim Keller too.
I listened to the audio book and it was hard for me to follow because Nee has quirky arguments I'd never heard before: He seems to argue that Romans 7 refers to both believers in the flesh and unbelievers; that during the supposed rapture, believers who "look back" like Lot's wife did will be left behind; etc. I'll have to review this book more carefully in print. Some of his statements are downright troubling:
"We tried to point out that, just as he had done nothing for his justification, so he need do nothing for his sanctification" (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/nee/normal.v...). If that is so, and since our justification is instant, then why is our sanctification a life-long process? Because God alone accomplished the first without our help, but we have a part to play in the second. Why else does the Bible say to "work out your salvation with fear and trembling"? (Phil. 2:12) Because "it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure" (v. 13). Because we are sanctified by applying the Word of truth to our lives (John 17:17).
"The Divine purpose in creation and redemption was that God should have many children. He wanted us, and could not be satisfied without us" (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/nee/normal.x...). If the latter is so, then why does the Bible say that "The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:24-25) and "if these keep silent, the very stones will cry out"? (Luke 19:40) Because, as Matthew Henry points out, "Pharisees would silence the praises of Christ, but they cannot gain their point; for as God can out of stones raise up children unto Abraham, so he can out of the mouths of those children perfect praise."
Your dog may be an intelligent dog, a well-behaved dog, and altogether a most remarkable dog; but the question is not, Is he a good or a bad dog? It is merely, Is he a dog? He does not need to be bad to be disqualified from being a member of your family; he only needs to be a dog. The same principle applies to you in your relationship to God. The question is not whether you are a bad man or a good man, more or less, but simply, Are you a man? If your life is on a lower plane than that of God’s life, then you cannot belong to the Divine family. Throughout your life your aim in preaching has been to turn bad men into good men; but men as such, whether good or bad, can have no vital relationship with God. (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/nee/normal.x...)
The question is not whether we are human; Adam and Eve had a great relationship with God before the Fall. This completely distorts the biblical picture of God as a just and holy Judge and of man's universal problem--that all are vile, evil, wicked, rebellious sinners, for "There is none righteous, not even one" (Rom. 3:10).
It's nevertheless a worthwhile read. One of Nee's fortes is his ability to use simple yet powerful illustrations. The last two chapters in particular are very good....more