Truth Made Practical

As Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

—Romans 6:4

We who pride ourselves on our orthodoxy…have in recent years committed a costly blunder….Our blunder (or shall we frankly say our sin?) has been to neglect the doctrine of the Spirit to a point where we virtually deny Him His place in the Godhead.

This denial has not been by open doctrinal statement, for we have clung closely enough to the biblical position wherever our creedal pronouncements are concerned. Our formal creed is sound; the breakdown is in our working creed.

This is not a trifling distinction. A doctrine has practical value only as far as it is prominent in our thoughts and makes a difference in our lives. POM060

Truth consists not in correct doctrine, but in correct doctrine plus the inward enlightenment of the Holy Spirit…Deity indwelling men!…. No man has experienced rightly the power of Christian belief until he has known this for himself as a living reality. POM084, 100

 

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