- Gebundene Ausgabe
- Verlag: Zondervan (1. Oktober 1993)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0310587905
- ISBN-13: 978-0310587903
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 3,2 x 24,1 cm
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Surprised by the Power of the Spirit: A Former Dallas Seminary Professor Discovers That God Speaks and Heals Today (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Oktober 1993
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If a person were to ask former Dallas Theological Seminary professor Jack Deere about experiencing physical healing by the power of the Spirit eight years ago, he would have been given a stern and disdainful reaction. Along with his other theological counterparts, he held to the teaching that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit had ceased with the last of the Apostles. Deeres firm conviction that healing, speaking in tongues, and other miracles cannot happen today changed, however, when Jack received a phone call in January 1986 that completely changed his life. Surprised by the Power of the Spirit is a personal account of Jack Deeres journey away from a skeptical view of spiritual gifts into a fuller experience of the Spirit. Deere explains how he soon discovered that the Bible provides no defense for his view that miraculous gifts have ceased, the position he held as professor of Old Testament. He tells the story of how, after being compelled to study the New Testament again, this time without the interpretational assistance of his personal prejudices, he discovered the weakness of his former opinions. "My study of Scripture convinced me that God would heal and that healing ought to be a significant part of the churchs ministry. I was also convinced that the Bible did not teach that the gifts of the Spirit had passed away," says Deere. Written in a popular stylewith the care of a scholar but the passion of personal experience, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit lays a strong biblical foundation for the Spirits speaking and healing ministries today. It also includes sound advice for using spiritual gifts in the church, discussion of charismatic and anti-charismatic abuses, reasons why God heals and refrains from healing, and more
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the miraculous operation of the Spirit in the church.
Textually, Deere's exegesis exposes some of the weaknesses
of evangelical/non-charismatic theology. However, Deere
overstretches in his later chapters when he suggests that
faith apart from emotional connection is weak faith.
Drawing from various Biblical texts, Deere shows the extreme
emotional states that some Christians and Jews express
through the text. If this is our model, and Deere implies
that it is, than are we exhibiting our lack of faith in
those moments of our life when we are not at an emotional
extreme? Still, this does not impact Deere's central
thesis. Deere owes some credit to John Wimber, who played
a formative role in Deere's transition from anti-charismatic
to believer in the miraculous. For those interested in the
opposing view, there is a review of the "Signs and Wonders"
movement in the Jan-Mar 1988 issue of BIBLIOTHECA SACRA.
Deere plays fast and loose with his biblical citations later in the book, for example citing the gift of tongues as having occured in Acts 8:5 (p64), when the passage does not do so. Later he claims that the only people in the Bible who performed signs & wonders were Jesus and his followers (p66), despite biblical teaching of false prophets.
All in all, Deere has written an academically sloppy book, apparently in anger after reading books challenging the current word-faith heresy in the church. He builds straw men, topples them and claims to have proven his point, while ignoring both historical and contemporary arguments. He paints himself (pre-new revelation) as intolerant and poorly studied, then claims this applies to all who disagree with his position. Finally, he claims to have the ability to force God's hand.
In his appendices, he challenges the interpretation of scripture passages that only marginally relate to his thesis, while ignoring those which more closely relate (and challenge) his views. Further, his near commercial endorsements of men claiming to be biblical prophets falls apart when not one can meet the biblical standard of accuracy.
This book is useful to any student of cultic behavior as it is a primer on twisted logic and fuzzy thinking. However, as an examination of the continuation or cessation of miraculous gifts of the Spirit, it fails miserably.
This book is one of the most balanced theological books I have ever read, on any issue. Using a wonderful blend of narrative testimony and theological explanation, Deere recounts his shift from a theological professor who believed that the so-called charismatic gifts (such as tongues, healings, miracles, prophecy) had ceased with the deaths of the first-century apostles, to someone who now believes that these gifts are not only available to the church today, but should be actively encouraged and used.
The book takes the reader through the same process of experience and Biblical investigation that Deere went through as he grappled with the issues of charismatic experiences and spiritual gifts. It is an insightful book, Biblically based, clearly reasoned, humbly written, and worth every penny. It should be read by every Christian.
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