Friday, June 23, 2006

the holy spirit?

The number of references to the Holy Spirit were astonishing both in quantity and quality. Again and again I heard people refer with great confidence to the presence of the Holy Spirit in the gatherings and deliberations. I could not help but think of Bishop Butler’s remark to John Wesley that “this pretending after special revelations of the Holy Spirit is a horrid thing, a very horrid thing.” Among a great many people in the Convention there is clearly more confidence in their feeling that there is a present illumination of the Holy Spirit than in the scriptures or traditional teaching of the church. I suggest the Charismatic renewal movement from whom the church has had so many good things should look long and hard at this phenomenon and think what lessons are to be learned about grounding devotion to the Holy Spirit in sound doctrine.

Amen.  Amen.  From Father Leander Harding about General Convention.  Read the whole thing here.

1 comment:

Mark said...

As I like to say, the Holy Spirit sure is getting blamed for a lot lately.