Ken Wytsma :: How do we respond when someone claims to have extra-biblical knowledge or special access to God?

  • “There’s been 2,000 years of orthodox Christianity, and there’s Scripture, so you saying I don’t have access or I’m not enlightened strikes me as a little scary,” says Ken Wytsma, Founder of The Justice Conference and President of Kilns College. Claims to deeper knowledge and greater enlightenment usually take one of two forms: the cultic form and the charismatic form. The cultic claim is usually that the Bible is true, but greater knowledge is available from supplemental writings or the teachings of a leader. The charismatic claim is that while the Bible is true, scripture is less important than personal relationship and communion with God, through which deeper understanding occurs. “In orthodox Christianity, we’ve always said God doesn’t contradict himself. Scripture is authoritative.”

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