Discernment

BSF Hears God’s Audible Voice

Those of you who are in Bible Study Fellowship may or may not have noticed the subtly injected  reference to God’s audible voice in last week’s notes. In Lesson 5, the BSF notes are discussing Isaiah 6. On page 3, if you read carefully, you will notice the following. Forgive the lengthy quotation, but I want to make sure that I offer this in context.

“There are applications from Isaiah’s life to the way God calls individuals today. He gives a high view of Himself for His servants. He gives a sense of need for the called (“I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips”). He cleanses before He calls. He calls those who are humble and willing. He issues an invitation and allows men the privilege to respond willingly. Sometimes His call may come in rhetorical questions that stir the heart of a listener. True, God usually does not use an audible voice as He has used here, but the call is no less definite if it comes from reading God’s Word, by way of circumstances, or from the events in one’s life.”

Isn’t that oh-so-sneaky how they slipped in their acknowledgment that God may speak in an audible voice today? I’m so glad that BSF is trying their very best not to offend anybody. It would be a shame if their 50+ years of ecumenical efforts were thwarted now. In actuality, if they have been so dedicated to the truth of God’s Word for over 50 years, then they should be aware of Hebrews 1, wherein we learn that Jesus Christ was the final revelation.

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” Hebrews 1:1-2

And if the leadership at BSF would simply re-read the lesson that was taught to junior high students last week, they would remember that, “The only clear and saving knowledge of God comes from the written revelation of the Holy Scriptures.”

BSFers, I urge you this week to offer an answer for Question 2 of your lesson. This question will ask you, “What was interesting, challenging, or informative in the notes?” Raise your hand and mention this erroneous teaching that was in the notes! I regret that I was unable to provide my answer to this question at my discussion group this morning. I was a victim of peripheral vision and was seated out of the leader’s view. (For the record, I did challenge Question 15 which asks, “Give specific examples of how God might use you to point others to or away from the Lord Jesus.”) But wouldn’t it be great if those who are discerning, who are not drinking the BSF Kool-Aid, would speak up and challenge this organization which seems to think that it sits on a throne just barely lower than God’s?

The leadership at BSF has made it clear by their silence that they endorse The Message, as well as contemplative authors Tim Keller, Dan Allender and, worst of all, Dallas Willard. I’ve been informed that BSF headquarters will never make a statement either in defense of or in rejection of these works. Their apparent position is that “it takes two to argue” and so they will remain silent in hopes that the “troublemakers” will just go away. It saddens me that they do not realize that those of us who are speaking up are not doing so in search of an argument, but are doing so out of concern! Most of us have seen God use BSF in a mighty way in our lives or the lives of our family, and so it is with heavy hearts that we raise these issues. But as the deception grows stronger the darkness deepens. At some point, we will all have to dust off our feet and leave BSF because we will be continually silenced. But until that time comes, keep being a very noisy “watchman on the wall!”

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.” Ezekiel 33:6 

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