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The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism: An Analysis, Critique, and Exhortation Concerning the Contemporary Doctrine of "Fallible Prophecy" (English Edition) eBook Kindle


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This book examines Wayne Grudem's controversial teaching on fallible prophecy in view of various lexical, exegetical, and historical points of analysis. It also addresses the teaching's popularity and continuing advancement through many charismatics within the "New Calvinism" movement. The doctrine of fallible prophecy is neither benign nor harmless, rather it constitutes a troubling strange fire for the body of Christ and continues to spread through the advocacy of popular continuationists like Wayne Grudem, D.A. Carson, John Piper, and Mark Driscoll:

“Not only does fallible prophecy have no real value, it is dangerous and can lead the gullible to take very unfortunate actions...since Grudem is the Neo-Calvinist theologian leading the charge in attempting to develop and defend the position of fallible prophecy, Beasley primarily interacts with his writings. His carefully presented argument leads to the conclusion that Grudem is reasoning from both ignorance of New Testament times, as well as from silence. Beasley has done the church a wonderful service by producing this volume. My hope is that many will read it and absorb its contents."
Gary E. Gilley, Pastor-teacher, Southern View Chapel, Springfield, Il:

Contents:
1. Chapter 1: Prophecy – A Test of Love: According to the proponents of fallible prophecy, the presence of error in a prophetic utterance does not make such claimants of the prophetic gift false prophets, it only means that they are New Testament fallible prophets by definition. This constitutes a complete reversal of meaning of prophecy which results in a confused message concerning the nature and character of the God who has consistently and effectually revealed Himself through His appointed messengers. Moreover, such a redaction of prophecy effectively confuses, and nearly eliminates, the scripturally prescribed tests for prophecy. The importance of this must not be underestimated, for all of the tests of prophecy, in the Old Testament and the New Testament, have an unimpeachable centerpiece: the love of God.

2. Chapter 2: Fallible prophecy – Lexical Considerations: Grudem argues that the New Testament connotation of the word prophet no longer possessed the sense of authority it once had. In view of Grudem’s emphasis on this point, chapter 2 examines Grudem's lexical justification for such a position.

3. Chapter 3: Fallible prophecy – The Case of Agabus: One of the most central arguments for fallible prophecy is founded on Agabus' prophecy in Acts 21:11. Like Grudem, D.A. Carson insists that Agabus’ prophecy was fraught with error: "I can think of no reported Old Testament prophet whose prophecies are so wrong on the details." This serious accusation establishes the basis for a thorough examination of Agabus in the 3rd chapter.

4. Chapter 4: Fallible prophecy – A Gift for All?: The advocates of fallible prophecy argue that the NT gift of prophecy was extremely common and functioned “in thousands of ordinary Christians in hundreds of local churches at the time of the New Testament.” In addition to this, Grudem argues that neither grave error nor immaturity should serve as a barrier to the pursuit and exercise of such a gift by nearly everyone within the local church. Such thinking is a tragedy for the body of Christ which is called to holiness and truth in all aspects of life and servitude.

5. Conclusion: The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism: Believing in the value and efficacy of fallible prophecy, a growing number of popular pastors and teachers are now openly promoting such teaching. Particularly within the increasingly popular New Calvinism movement we find a growing number of advocates of fallible prophecy. To facilitate the spread of this doctrine, Grudem himself supplies a 6-point strategy for establishing fallible prophecy within the local church. This poses an increasing danger of the tolerance and proliferation of false prophets within the church.

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  • Editora: The Armoury Ministries (1 de outubro de 2013)
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HASH(0xa4cb95c4) de 5 estrelas Questioning Agabus's prophecy? Read this book. 8 de janeiro de 2014
Por Joseph Roch III - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Michael Beasley goes into a well-thought-out critique of what's called "fallible prophecy", the idea that New Testament prophets (and today's prophets) can claim to speak for God but be wrong in their prophecy. One of the main pillar's that fallible prophecy hangs its hat on is a cursory reading of Agabus's prophecy in the book of Acts. At first glance it appears that Agabus did get part of his prophecy wrong, but the author does a good job in explaining from scripture how the prophet very likely didn't err at all in the prophecy. This explanation alone is worth the cost of the book. Recommended.
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HASH(0xa544e1f8) de 5 estrelas a good answer to this very questionable teaching 29 de novembro de 2013
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A few years ago, there was a TV program called “Flash Forward”. The basic premise was that an event happened in which people all over the world had a brief glimpse of what they would be doing at a particular time in the future. When the time they saw finally came, the events unfolded but with certain differences in details for many of the ones the show focused on. Some details are as they had seen, but others were different.

There is a certain parallel between what happened in that show and what some teach concerning prophecy today. There are those who teach that modern-day prophets, assuming there are any, are not required to live up to the biblical requirements that what they prophecy be 100% accurate, that they can make mistakes and will make mistakes in their prophecies, and that these mistakes do not mean they are no real prophets. Prophets today could be as inaccurate as the characters in that show, and not only will they be defended, but those who point out their false prophecies and try to hold them accountable are the ones who are derided.

This book responds to this teaching about fallible prophecy, and I think does so very well. I especially found what he said concerning how Agabus is used to defend the idea of fallible prophecy, and how he defends Agabus as a man who prophesied truly, to be of interest.

Though in the title he addressed how this idea of fallible prophets is being spread in what is called New Calvinism, this idea is no less popular in more normal charismatic circles, and this book should also serve to address this bad teaching among them, too.

I can recommend this book very highly. It would be good for this idea of fallible prophecy to finally be put on the theological junk heap, because it has already caused enough damage, and is plainly without any biblical support. If there are prophets today, they should not try to scamper from under the weight of the biblical requirement that they be accurate in what they prophesy. Prophecy is serious business, it is no light thing to claim to be speaking what God has directly told you to say, and it should not be done frivolously, as far too many modern-day prophets seem to do.
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HASH(0xa544af54) de 5 estrelas No Prophecy Was Given by an Act of Human Will! 3 de dezembro de 2013
Por Josh Marquez - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This book will guide you through an in-depth study of the meaning of prophecy in the OT and NT and it explores if there was a period of transition or a major event that turned this gift from infallible to fallible for NT and the modern church, even when commons scene indicates that there is no reason why God would not speak infallibly in the NT or modern church as he did in the OT, this book will help you see and challenge all the mistakes in doctrine that the fallible teachers defend with no REAL scriptural support. This book is easy to read and guides you step by step i recommend this not just to New Calvinist but to Charismatics around the world . I was raised Charismatic , i have seen personally the Damage that this doctrine "Fallible Prophecy" Has caused to many friends and Family. THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!!!
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HASH(0xa4cbe9b4) de 5 estrelas A very helpful and much needed book. 30 de novembro de 2013
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Michael's style of writing does not always make for easy reading, but he builds an irrefutable argument against this insidious and pernicious doctrine, which, quite remarkably has managed to capture even the likes of Piper and Carson. One can only hope and pray that God would use this book to open their eyes.
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HASH(0xa544e060) de 5 estrelas "Infallible" Old & New Testament Prophets verses "Fallible" New Testament Prophets. 19 de julho de 2014
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Until early last year I had never heard of the term "Fallible Prophets." Honestly, it seemed to me as though the phrase itself is actually an oxymoron, like "an honest thief", or "busy doing nothing" or "a deafening silence." Little did I know that I had already been introduced to this concept a number of years ago when I was reading a book by one of the prominent members from The Gospel Coalition, a group often referred to as the New Calvinists. In his book "Showing the Spirit" (Baker Book House, 1987), D.A. Carson introduced what seemed to me as a rather offbeat idea: unlike the infallible prophets of the OT, NT prophets were (according to Carson) obviously prone to error, could misunderstand the explicit message the Holy Spirit wanted them to proclaim and thus could convey confusing and error ridden messages to the NT churches.

In Pastor Michael John Beasley's latest book, "The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism", he adds his voice to a small number of authors who are challenging the New Calvinists and their dangerous doctrine of fallible NT prophets. According to Pastor Beasley, most continuationists believe in some form of non-authoritative, fallible prophecy for the church today. What Beasley found so perplexing is those who advocate this teaching insist that the NT prophet is both "fallible" and yet still "legitimate" at the same time. In his Introduction, Beasley provides the reader the focus of his analysis:

"As we look at the subject of fallible prophecy, our main analysis will be directed towards the writings of Wayne Grudem. The reason for this is that the volume of Grudem's writings on this subject far outweighs that of any other within the realm of continuationist authors such as Jack Deere, D.A. Carson, and John Piper. The specific works of Grudem that will receive central attention are his `Systematic Theology' (Zondervan Publishing House, 1994) and his book, `The Gift of Prophecy in the New testament and Today' (Crossway Books, 2000)."

Beasley's analysis and critique of contemporary fallible prophesy is anything but a casual look at this subject. He begins by establishing how the Scriptures define the purpose and character of a prophet of God, and most importantly how the presence of error in their messages would impact our view of the nature and character of God who is reveals Himself through these appointed messengers. Beasley insists that to make a prophet of God fallible, one must first redefine key terms. In this case the proponents of fallible prophets have gone to great lengths to redefine the terms "prophet" and "prophecy." So in response Beasley dedicates an entire chapter challenging Grudem's conclusion that the word prophet in the NT did not mean "one who speaks God's very words." In his analysis, Beasley used Lexical considerations in his search of what the original languages reveal about a biblical prophet, while Grudem instead relied almost exclusively on "extrabiblical" sources. Why he would use secular sources to define the fallibility or infallibility of a prophet of God certainly seems unusual and it ultimately revealed just how flimsy the foundation really is for Grudem's contemporary doctrine of fallible NT prophets. Beasley says the following concerning Grudem's sources:

"The point is simply this: those who substitute biblical definitions with pagan and secular concepts expose themselves and their followers to untold dangers and immeasurable confusion. If we wish to understand the New Testament prophet's authority, then we need to do so by means of real, scriptural authority. Contrary to Grudem's suppositions, the `biblical writers' were uninfluenced by such extrabiblical and pagan notions of prophecy."

One of the prime examples used in support of the fallible NT prophet is the prophet Agabus in Acts 21. Grudem and the other New Calvinists point to this NT prophet as their poster boy, insisting he proves that NT prophets not only lacked the authority of OT prophets, but were also prone to error in their pronouncements. In the case of Agabus, Grudem and the others contend that this NT prophet was in error concerning two of the three points of his prophesy concerning the Apostle Paul's trouble in Jerusalem (Acts 21). Beasley quotes D.A. Carson who insists the Agabus prophesy is riddled with error when he says, "I can think of no reported Old Testament prophet whose prophecies are so wrong on the details." Beasley responds with a painstaking review of all that the Scriptures have revealed concerning this NT prophet's prophesy and its fulfillment. For anyone interested in how to approach a subject study will find Pastor Beasley's method and treatment a high point in this book. He carefully dismantles Grudem's conclusions one brick at a time, revealing that Grudem used, whether intentionally or not, only a minimal amount of the available scriptural information surrounding the Agabus prophesy in Acts 21.

In his Systematic Theology, Grudem writes concerning the phrase "This is what the Holy Spirit says" that Agabus used to preface his prophecy ". . .can apparently mean,`This is generally (or approximately) what the Holy Spirit is saying to us.' If someone really does think God is bringing something to mind which should be reported in the congregation, there is nothing wrong with saying `I think the Lord is putting on my mind that . . .' or `It seems to me that the Lord is showing us . . .' or some similar expression." Can anyone for even a moment imagine God being this inept and vague regarding His own messages as to allow such ambiguity regarding His revelation?

According to Beasley, "One of the main premises of fallible prophecy is that such prophecies can rightfully be resisted since they contain a blend of truth and error. The overarching question amidst such a proposed ministry and practice is this: How can one know what is to be resisted and what should be accepted? The typical approach of fallible prophecy is to sift through and tease out error if a prophecy is theological in nature. However, when exhortative or predictive utterances are offered, then scriptural objectivity is supplanted by a universe of human subjectivity."

In his books "The Gift of Prophecy" and "The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today", Grudem commonly portrays NT prophets and their prophecies as less authoritative and, in many cases, less binding than OT prophecy. In doing this he attempts to prove that this more "common" nature of NT prophecy distinguishes it from the authoritative prophecy found in the OT. He contends that all believers should seek and exercise the "gift of prophecy", even though it is unlikely that their utterances will be even minimally accurate. In order to answer Grudem's description of "common prophecy" Beasley moves away from Acts to Paul's ministry to the church at Corinth. He divides this section into two parts: (1) Paul's broader ministry to the Corinthians, and (2) Key exegetical problems within 1 Corinthians and other texts. Again, using a broader usage of Scripture than Grudem does, Beasley paints a completely different picture of the gift of prophesy; a picture that is both consistent with the OT ministry of a prophet and one that is completely estranged from the one Grudem espouses.

One of the important things that I think Beasley pointed out in this book was that the New Calvinists have actually created an entirely new category of prophet. Instead of just two, there are now three: an infallible OT prophet, an infallible NT prophet and a fallible NT prophet. In my opinion, Beasley proved that the prophet Agabus was without question an infallible NT prophet in both of his prophesies in Acts 11 & 21. Unfortunately for the New Calvinists, the validation of Agabus as an infallible prophet removes the only available example of a fallible NT prophet in the Bible. And whether they realize it or not, in their attempt to add a third category of prophet, they have also virtually removed a category of prophet that is mentioned throughout Scripture, both Old and New Testaments: The False Prophet! This phrase appears to have vanished from their vocabulary.

When I finished Pastor Beasley's book I came away with several opinions base on what I read. My predominant opinion is that this book was very thorough in each of the points it challenged. Considering that this paperback book was only about 150 pages (excluding Beasley's Conclusion chapter at the end), the amount of cited material in the footnotes, especially the narrative notes, was exceptional in sheer volume and quality. I can't emphasize this enough: to get the greatest benefit from this study the reader must consider carefully all of the cited material and commentary. A couple of the criticisms I read in other reviews were that the book was too wordy. They felt some of the sections were much longer than they needed to be and included too much unnecessary material. Though I can understand why someone may think that, when one is doing the challenging, the burden of proof is on the challenger to overturn the opposing viewpoint. Therefore, the response must be comprehensive enough to convince the reader of the error, as well as provide a sound biblical replacement. Other reviewers complained that the material was too technical. There is no doubt that this book is no page-turner; I'm sure it wasn't intended to be taken that way. Such an important subject as this one should never be taken lightly or rushed through like a novel; prayer, patience and persistence is the key to books like this one. I suppose I was so engrossed in his analysis that considering it as too wordy didn't even occur to me.

There is much more to this book than I have covered here; I just touched the mountain peaks. in the final chapter Beasley wraps up his analysis and critique with a summary of what he has covered in the preceding chapters as well as some additional exhortations and conclusions about the subject of The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism. I think I will close my review at this point with the following quote from the author:

"Within the system of fallible prophecy, members are instructed to sift through the words of any prophecy with the understanding that an admixture of truth and error will flow from the `legitimate' NT prophet. Apart from a clear contradiction to Scripture, personal prophecies have little objective criteria by which they can be measured, leaving the hearer with a great potential for confusion and uncertainty."
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