Spirit taught

Fundamentalism has fallen into the error of textualism, which is simply orthodoxy without the Holy Ghost. Everywhere among conservatives we find persons who are Bible-taught but not Spirit-taught. For a man to understand revealed truth requires an act of God equal to the original act which inspired the text. There is such a thing as a gift of knowing, a gift that comes from heaven. The textualism of our times is based upon the same premise as the old-line rationalism, confidence in the ability of the human mind to do that which the Bible declares it was never created to do and consequently is wholly incapable of doing.

A. W. Tozer, Gems from Tozer (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread, 1979), 37.

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Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.
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