Does God speak to people? How can we know?
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Dave: Does God speak to Christians today?
Jeff: Some Christians, known as cessationists, believe that prophecy and gifts like that are not for today.
Dave: It’s an acceptable Christian view – just not one we’d agree with.
Jeff: But they do bring up a good point – when they want to hear God speak, they turn to the Bible.
Dave: The Bible, as the very words of God, contain what we know are, for certain, from the mouth of our Lord!
Jeff: We must look to the Bible first, and last. If we believe the Holy Spirit has spoken to us in a special way, we have to compare that to Scripture.
Dave: The Holy Spirit will never tell us to do something Scripture forbids.
Jeff: Right – God cannot and will not go against his own word.
Dave: So, if you believe God told you to smack someone for being an idiot…
Jeff: …probably not God speaking to you.
Dave: If you believe God told you to share the Gospel with someone…
Jeff: well, then…why not do it? The Bible already told you that sharing the Gospel with someone is a good idea. So if God is speaking to you and says ‘do it’, go ahead… share the Gospel.