I posed this question to a young dispensationalist that I posted about yesterday:
Rather than turning the question of how much Holy Spirit we have into an argument would it be possible to ask God (the Father) for more of Him in our life? To take up our cross daily and receive ANY gift He would offer us? Are we so proud and set in our doctrine that we cant humble ourselves and ask for more of the Holy Spirit? Is that “anti-intellectual”?
to which I received this answer:
Yes that is anti-intellectual and biblically inaccurate. God is already full in our lives, there is no more or less of God. I think you are the one who is too proud to follow truthful doctrine from God’s word and are not happy with what the bible actually says so you make stuff up.
This exachange ocurred on his post “Pentecostalism Is An Anti-Intellectual Plague To Biblical Missions Work” after he deleted my posts referring to Phillip Spener the founder of the Pietist movement and his call to bring the Holy Spirit back to the church, by using these 6 principles:
In Pia desideria, Spener made six proposals as the best means of restoring the life of the Church:
- The earnest and thorough study of the Bible in private meetings, ecclesiolae in ecclesia (“little churches within the church”)
- The Christian priesthood being universal, the laity should share in the spiritual government of the Church
- A knowledge of Christianity must be attended by the practice of it as its indispensable sign and supplement
- Instead of merely didactic, and often bitter, attacks on the heterodox and unbelievers, a sympathetic and kindly treatment of them
- A reorganization of the theological training of the universities, giving more prominence to the devotional life
- A different style of preaching, namely, in the place of pleasing rhetoric, the implanting of Christianity in the inner or new man, the soul of which is faith, and its effects the fruits of life
After pointing out this call to spiritual life during the reformation I was expecting some discourse and discussion. Our young friend responded (predictably) by deleting my posts, I responded with:
Alright, so now instead of answering me when I back up what I’m saying with scripture you just delete my posts? What did I even say here that was offensive? I was legitimately trying to have a conversation here.
And he replied:
I don’t have time to go over every single verse that you took out of context and I don’t care to waste time on postmodern drivel. Go have a “conversation” on Rob Bell’s blog he loves that.
Equating Spener and the arguments I derived from him with postmodern heretic Rob Bell.
I have been meditating and praying about this for several days and answered his point equating to asking for more of God as being un-Biblical with this:
He responded by deleting all of my posts! Ah, the power of “moderation”. When you don’t want to go to the trouble of explaining your doctrine as it relates to scripture don’t go to what your professors taught you, go to your eraser!
The dispensationlist has carved both the Bible and the Church into so many pieces they have to go to Bible School/Seminary to keep the whole mess straight. My Bible tells me that:
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
Somebody should ask me what I REALLY think about Bible colleges.