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God in You: Releasing the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Life Paperback – June 30, 2000
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About the Author
Dr. David Jeremiah is pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego and host of the nationwide radio program Turning Point. He is the author of several books, including The Power of Encouragement and What the Bible Says about Angels.
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A new Christian or one who has not yet read a variety of Christian authors needs to be aware that the author comes from a cessationist theology (that supernatural signs and wonders ended when the bible was finished) - a position that is not generally shared by Christian writers today and which I thought was thoroughly demolished by the powerful spiritual renewals of the 20th century.
A well-read and mature Christian will be put off by numerous dogmatic but controversial statements. For instance, "Some people have taken the reference to water in this verse [John 3:5] to mean you have to be baptized in order to be saved. But that isn't what Jesus meant at all." (p.53b), "The water is the Word. So what Jesus said to Nicodemus was, `Nicodemus, you can't be born again unless you have been born of the Spirit and the Word.'" (p.54a). An interesting concept, but hardly definitive. No, Jesus said "of water". How can the author tell us that's not what Jesus meant?
Probably the most outrageous teaching, at least to those who have participated, observed, or have just heard about the powerful spiritual renewals in the last century, is that Satan has two different strategies: liberal scholars is one. The other is called "experience" (p. 60). The author is concerned that people seek experience and ignore the bible. Of course that is a serious concern: it's called occultism. But for a more rounded and authoritative treatment of experience, one should turn to the writings of such highly qualified authors as John Wimber (as early as the 1970's), Peter Wagner, Charles Kraft, Francis MacNutt, and many others. Contrary to the author's inference, every one of these experienced evangelical ministers stresses and teaches the importance of being soundly based in scripture and of avoiding seeking spiritual experiences outside of Christian doctrine (i.e., the occult). They, in fact, were led to discover the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit at work today precisely by studying the bible and wondering why we in the churches have been ignoring it.
One would never discover what we Christians have been missing by reading "God in You." I am willing to give it two stars because he stresses the authority of scripture. I strongly urge anyone who reads this book or conducts a group study to also include one like John Wimber's classic testimony in "Power Evangelism". He was not taught by Dallas Theological Seminary; he just read the bible and believed it. In thirty years his shared story has resulted in tens of thousands of conversions and hundreds of Vineyard Fellowship churches.
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