Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Lloyd-Jones on Guidance

From Romans: An Expostion of Chapter 1, The Gospel of God

Now here, I say, is the direct and immediate pressure and control of the Holy Spirit upon the spirit of man, and, as I understand this whole doctrine of guidance, there is really nothing that is more important than this. I would not hesitate to say that this is the final sanction and authority in the matter of guidance.” (p200)

With this quote it must be noted that Lloyd-Jones mentions in this book that God's Word is the final authority in all things. He clarifies below that he is comparing the witness of the Holy Spirit to other methods of guidance.

Yet I am asserting strongly that over and above both of these tests (reason and circumstances), the most important and crucial of all is this witness of the Holy Spirit’ in our spirit.” (p200)

Because he feels this inner guidance of the Holy Spirit is the final authority he does not suggest it is the ultimate authority. He clearly attributes that position to the Bible. Never-the-less, I continue to be surprised by this "Calvinistic-Methodist" preacher and these two quotes are an example of what he writes that surprises me.

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