Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Theological Zombie Tries to Turn Author of the Gospel of Luke into Zombie


Theological Zombie Tries to Turn Author of the Gospel of Luke into Zombie

What would be left of the Gospel of Luke if it had been written by a cessationist theologian?

By Julio Severo
I just saw the sermon of a famous Presbyterian theologian who used Luke as an example that not all of Jesus’ disciples had visions, revelations, and prophecies. Not content with living cessationism for himself, he has tried to turn Luke into a cessationist. He has tried to recreate Luke according to his cessationist image and likeness.
He used Revelation and the Gospel of Luke as a comparison, saying that the author of Revelation had revelations while the author of the Gospel of Luke had none.
Cessationism is the heresy that teaches that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased two thousand years ago.
There is no biblical basis for the idea that Luke had no vision, revelation, prophecy, and supernatural experiences with God. There is also no biblical basis for the cessationist heresy. But let’s just assume that the Presbyterian theologian is right.
In his Gospel, Luke wrote about abundance of Jesus’ miracles in his day without raising a single question. If the Presbyterian theologian were in Luke’s place, would he write about such miracles, including about a virgin girl getting pregnant by the Holy Spirit, without raising any questions?
The Presbyterian theologian has several books. None of these books mention abundance of miracles today. But they bring plenty of questions and cynical attacks against those who believe that God acts today, including by giving visions, revelations, and prophecies.
If by a fate of destiny, the Presbyterian theologian had to write the Gospel in place of Luke, would we see abundance of miracles without question? No. We would inevitably have a gospel full of questions without any miracles.
In turn, if Luke were alive today in the place of the Presbyterian theologian, he would write several books showing the miracles God is performing today among Jesus’ followers, with visions, revelations, and prophecies.
Were there heresies and false miracles in Jesus’ day? There were, but Luke’s focus was true miracles. Were there false prophecies, visions, and revelations in Jesus’ day? There were, but Luke’s focus was true prophecies, visions, and revelations. If he were alive today, Luke’s focus would not change. He would exalt what is true.
What would you prefer? The Gospel of Luke, full of miracles and without any questioning of these miracles or the gospel of the Presbyterian theologian, full of questions about miracles and no miracles?
This theologian, aware or not, is a legitimate heir to the Pharisees, who were the greatest theologians of the Bible in Jesus’ day. They were pompous and always ready, using theology and distorting the Bible abundantly, to question all the miracles of Jesus and his apostles. They were always ready to attribute to the devil the operations of the Holy Spirit.
Modern Pharisees, equally using theology and distorting the Bible abundantly, are always ready to question all the miracles of Jesus through his followers today. They are always ready to attribute to the devil the workings of the Holy Spirit.
As Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, “There is nothing new under the sun.” There is nothing new in today’s pompous Pharisaic theologism.
Theological zombies always seek to transform others according to their own image and likeness of zombies. This is why Jesus said to theologians of his day,
“How horrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You cross land and sea to recruit a single follower, and when you do, you make that person twice as fit for hell as you are.” (Matthew 23:15 GWV)
It’s not just witches that lead people to hell. Theological zombies, with their questions against the Holy Spirit, can make theology and its twisted interpretations of the Bible produce victims who become twice as fit for hell as they are themselves.
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