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In Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl
on October 28, 2014
In Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl, Lysa Terkeurst instructs her readers to become more than a good bible study girl by personally experiencing God's presence. While it may not be clear to many readers, what Terkeurst is saying is that we can know and experience God beyond His Word. She wants us to become more than good bible study girls. We do that by beginning to experience Him. When we stop and wait, He will reveal himself to us. We will be able to have a more meaningful relationship with God. Our bible study will come alive as we hear from him. Our prayer life will come alive as we sense God responding to our prayers. We will grow in love with Him as we experience Him in our daily lives.
She fills the book with personal stories that are very moving. She then presents God as deeply in love with us and desiring to invite us into a more intimate setting (150). The "only requirements are the desire to experience Him and the belief that it is possible" (150).
The problem with what Terkeurst says is that is not biblical. First, a "desire to experience God" is not what Scripture calls us to. God calls us to repentance. Second, the Bible clearly teaches that while general knowledge of God can be learned from nature (Ps. 19) specific knowledge comes only from the Word. Third, what Terkeurst is teaching is what is called mysticism. It is an approach that is not taught in Scriptures nor in nearly all the church's history. It is an approach that was expressly rejected by the reformers. As the Westminster Confession states "The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.." (Chp. I, VI). Theologians call it Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone). We are not to look to other revelations or impressions to guide us.
What Terkeurst argues for is what she learned from the teachings of Henry Blackaby's Experiencing God (179). While neither Blackaby nor his followers would explicitly devalue Scripture, they implicitly do by clearly emphasizing that true knowledge of, and experience with, God comes apart from it. The end result is a devaluation of Scripture and an elevation of personal experience. Yet God's Word is clear (Ps. 19, 119) in that we are to become good bible study girls (and boys) for the Word is the means God uses to bring us to salvation (Rom. 10) and to make us more like Christ (John 17:17).
While she references Scripture throughout the book, and sometimes accurately; Terkeurst also makes numerous errors throughout the book. She frequently ignores context thereby missing the actual meaning of the passage (e.g. Mt 11:28-30, Heb. 12:1-2, Mark 12:30-31, Mt. 13:33-35; 5:8, etc.) and even worse teaches what is clearly contrary to it. She should also know better than to interpret passages by taking the definition of the English words rather than the original Greek or Hebrew.
Terkeurst is clearly an engaging writer that many women would enjoy reading; however, since what she teaches is contrary to sound doctrine, I would not recommend the book. May I suggest MacArthur's book Found: God's Will, Phillip Jensen's Guidance and the Voice of God, or DeYoung's Just Do Something.
note: I am a male, and an elder in a local church. The book was recommended at a study my wife participated in.