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The keynote speaker’s list of spiritual qualifications was not lengthy. There were no references to his academic letters, theological acumen, skill at blacckaby living, or personal holiness. Instead, he was simply introduced as “a man who hears from God. The implication for the audience was clear: He listens to God; they should listen to him.
It is hard to think of anything that has captured the imagination of Christians recently as aggressively as the idea of hearing the voice of God. The notion is, to many, so obviously Christian, so undoubtedly Biblical, that its truth is beyond question.
Hemry challenge it is akin to spiritual treason. Without it genuine closeness to the Savior is not possible. It is not surprising, then, that a book promising to lead the believer into such intimacy would be a best-seller. Christian Book Distributors, offering the largest selection of Christian products in the world, featured it prominently on page fxperiencing of its Christmas sale catalog.
Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Workbook
It is available in hardcover, softcover, and audiocassette. There are companion books: Experiencing God Day by Day: This book is about experiencing God by doing His will. The two notions are inextricably connected, the central focus of blackxby book. Everything else is written to serve these ideas. The “fullness of life lived in fellowship with the loving, personal God” entails learning to “hear and obey His voice.
God speaks by the Holy spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.
Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God—A Critique | Stand to Reason
God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith in action. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you. In fact, at first glance it is hard to imagine anything amiss. Our loving relationship with God is central to everything Blackaby writes. Of first importance, we should nurture the love relationship with God for which we were created 30, The emphasis on selfless henyr is very Biblical.
The prayers of surrender at the end of each chapter are, for the most part, priceless as tender calls to submission. Blackaby encourages us to develop a servant’s attitude. This calls for humility and obedience to Christ As servants, we should be moldable and available for the Master’s use He invites hsnry to carefully evaluate our relationship with God to make sure it is real, personal, and practical, as God intends Blackaby takes the will of God seriously.
God does not give us options We are never to question His will We are to obey even when it doesn’t make sense 23because His will is always best On this topic, one of his most helpful guidelines is to watch where God is at work and join Him Chapter 6.
There is a expriencing fruitful illustration of this on pages There is so much to praise. As someone once said, however, the devil is in the details.
The key to my concern about all of these good teachings is the way Blackaby applies them. These fine directives are pressed into service of another notion, one that is not Biblical. The concept of divine “assignment” is central to everything Blackaby has written. He mentions it more than times.
This is what he ex;eriencing by “God’s will” and by God “speaking. Such direction, according to Blackaby, is given in small steps on a short term basis. God does not give the whole blueprint. Instead of demanding the big picture, we should follow God’s gid “one day at a time” 33, 34, 36 to “be right in the middle of God’s will for your life” This is the critical fourth step in the “Seven Realities of Experiencing God.
The Christian receives an “assignment” from God that is special and unique to each individual, the specific will of God for his own life. How does God speak to us? He uses the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church other believers. No one of these methods of God’s speaking is, by itself, a clear indicator of God’s directions. But when God says the same thing through each of these ways, you can have confidence to proceed” In this way God reveals His purposes, His assignment to us so we can then be involved in His work.
Blackaby is intentionally vague on the manner of this communication. The method bblackaby from person to person In general, the goal of the Christian is to develop the ability to “sense” God’s “leading. Blackaby describes it this way: This skill is vital. Instead, “Focus your attention on hearing God’s call to an assignment” So be patient and wait” A failure to receive such assignments is a failure in one’s love relationship with God Virtually everything commendable about Blackaby’s book is meant to serve this end.
Certainly we should obey God’s Word.
But Blackaby means obey the assignment. Certainly we should seek God’s will, not ours. Our lives should be God-centered, not self-centered. But Blackaby means we should only pursue those plans God tells us to pursue the assignment. Blackaby exhorts us to be faithful to the Word, to surrender, have faith, trust, and follow Christ even when we don’t understand all speaking of the assignment. Regardless of the chaos, the price, the difficulty, and the hardship it brings, we must follow our assignment, our personal, private revelation from God.
My question is simple.
According to the Bibledoes experiencing God’s work in our lives depend on receiving personalized assignments from Him? Does intimacy with Gid depend on our ability to “sense” His “leading”?
Is this taught in Scripture? Is it modeled by the apostles or the early church? There is only one way to answer these questions. Blackaby properly notes that “Scripture will be your source of authority for faith and practice. You cannot depend on human traditions, your experience, or the experience of hengy to be accurate authorities on God’s will and ways” 6.
Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Workbook by Henry T. Blackaby
I will hold Mr. Blackaby’s own teaching to hemry standard. I can find no better model than Him” His comment refers to the quote from John 5: My Father has been working until now, and I have been working Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself; but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He himself does. The principal question is this: Is Experincing our model in everything?
The correct answer is no because Jesus was not only the perfect man and humble servant, but also the Messiah and incarnate Son of God.
We imitate His human perfections, but not His prerogatives of divinity or messianic office. What about in the passage in question? This is one of many examples where Blackaby, like other authors, patches together verses to make his point, often excluding relevant material from the context that changes the entire sense of the citation. His omission of verses 18, a portion of 19, and verses 21, 22, and 23 is unfortunate. Each is vital to our understanding and seriously qualifies the meaning of the passage, as this more complete citation of John 5: He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
Note first of all verse 18, the overlooked verse.
The word “therefore” in verse 19 indicates that what follows is meant to buttress this singular claim in verse Note also the three phrases in parallel construction: These verses are a complete unit.
In context, these verses have to do with the divinity of Christ. He is unique as the incarnate Son of God and therefore has unique obligations, unique abilities, and a unique relationship with the Father.