God’s Word above all things?

Article 6 of the 39 Articles of Religion on the “The sufficiency of Holy Scripture for our salvation” says,

Holy Scripture sets forth everything that is necessary for our salvation. Consequently, nobody should be required to believe as an article of the Christian faith, or to regard as necessary for salvation, anything that is not found in Scripture or that cannot be proved from Scripture…

Therefore, Scripture is to be our highest authority, not tradition, experience or reason. 

We, in the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa, are not necessarily against tradition, experience or reason;  they are simply not our highest authority.

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The truth about speaking in tongues

speaking in tonguesSpeaking in tongues is probably in the top 3 issues that Christians disagree on.  Speaking in tongues, I hope to show you, is not what many Christians think it is and not what is happening in many churches today.  The Bible, not our experience, must always be our highest authority in doctrine and practice. 

Disclaimer

This is article is for Christians, dealing with an in-house issue.  If you are not a Christian, you may not know what I’m talking about!  Please do read the article if the subject interests you.

Charismatic definition

According to “charismatic” Christians, tongues is a heavenly or angelic prayer language and is a sign that you are filled with the Holy Spirit.   You use this ecstatic prayer language (that you don’t understand) to pray to and praise God (in a language that apparently devil doesn’t understand either).   “Charismatic” and Pentecostal Christians view use 1 Corinthians 12-14 as justification for this practice.  Here are six simple points I hope will help clarify this thorny issue1:

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