- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Evangelical Press; 2014 Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0852346522
- ISBN-13: 978-0852346525
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Is That You Lord?: Hearing the Voice of the Lord, a Biblical Perspective Paperback – April 1, 2007
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'Let the reader ponder the arguments of this research and weigh them with an open Bible. Those of us who have found complete satisfaction in God's revela- tion through the Holy Scriptures have long awaited a book like this.' --Dr John O. Hosler
About the Author
Dr Gary E. Gilley has been the pastor of Southern View Chapel since 1975. He is the author and editor of the monthly contemporary theological issues publication Think on These Things. He has also written two other EP titles, This little church went to market and This little church stayed home. He serves on the advisory board of the Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute and Cambridge Graduate School, both in the U.S.
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Amazon is out of these books. But, they can be found here - [...] this is the church's website and they currently have all of his books. I appreciate the way that he carefully analyzes what many claim to experience with God apart from His Word and evaluates these claims in light of the Bible. Those who have been misled to believe that the mystical communication of God takes place and that God is speaking to us with feelings, goosebumps, vague impressions and the like will be disappointed. Those who think that the Bible isn't enough for life and godliness and "need" some extrabiblical revelation will not like the book as Gilley presents the Bible. He doesn't parrot people who claim this experience or the other and writes in an easy-to-understand manner that is highly accessible. I have been delighted to see several books come out in the last 15 years or so that debunk the popular folk theology of God speaking to all Christians all the time if only they are tuned in and can learn how to recognize when it is God and know when it is just their own thinking.
The book is brief and easy to read. As such, he does not spend pages going into deep details, so one must have some prior experience to appreciate this book fully. He presupposes salvation on the part of the reader and at least a cursory knowledge of Christianity, its verbiage, and practices.
While he deals devastating blows to the Charismatic/pentecostal view of revelation, his primary purpose is to expose the very same spirit in conservative circles. Read and heed this important book.
The chapter headings include `Pietism and subjective Christianity'; `The Lord told me - I think'; `God's will - lost or found?'; `Impressions and Scripture'; `Freedom to Choose'. These chapters explain that claiming to understand the Lord's leading through inner intuitive revelation is not founded upon scripture. The next chapter, `But what about?' addresses some questions which are raised on this subject. Then follows `A Survey of Scripture', `Biblical Guidance in practice, and, finally, `Confidence in the Word'.
In three sentences the author puts his finger on the reason for the drift towards subjectivity: b`It was to this end that Paul told Timothy to "present yourself approved to God, as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the Word of Truth". Many are simply unwilling to do the diligent work necessary to accurately handle the Word of Truth, and are looking for short-cuts. The Lord does not call for short-cuts; instead, diligence is prescribed'. If, at times, the author appears to overstate his case, this reviewer is ready to forgive him, so vital is the issue which this book addresses."
[Thanks to Ed Hotchin, Hucknall, Nottingham, UK, for this review]