Can You Hear Me?: Tuning in to the God Who Speaks Paperback – Sep 2003
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This is a simple book written by a fella who gives his story in the first few pages of the book. In a nutshell, he wanted to be the most pious man around and studied the bible, learning biblical languages and reading theology, thinking that these things were the indication of spiritual maturity and piety. Sadly, those things didn't give him the dynamic spiritual experience and life that he expected. He then met a guy who had the dynamic spiritual experience he wanted, got jealous, and copied what he was doing (being a prophet and "talking to God"). Brad Jersak studied up on how to be a prophet, admittedly abandoned his "rationalistic" education (page 10) and embraced charismatic mysticism.
Brad claims that he can support his whole position from scripture. So what's his scriptural support?
Jersak's key text is John 10:1-18, and he reads John 10:2-15 as applying directly to Christians. He extrapolates several promises from the passage: Christ has a voice, he does speak and his sheep do hear his voice. Jersak defines God's voice as "prophecies, visions, and dreams" (page 21) and apparently takes the passage to mean that Christ speaks propositional revelation to his sheep who hear his voice prophetically. He comments on John 10:2-15 saying, "Note that Jesus did not say `My prophets hear my voice.'...According to Jesus, his voice is not reserved for the spiritually elite, the priest, or the guru"(page 18). Just to be clear, Jersak takes John 10:2-15 as "Jesus Christ's approach to hearing God" and given his definition of "God's voice", the passage becomes Christ's prescription for functioning prophetically (page 17).
Jersak then asks why he used to not hear God's voice.Read more ›