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Arnold A. Dallimore

Autor/a de Spurgeon: A New Biography

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Arnold A. Dallimore was editor of The Evangelical Baptist and a Baptist of pastor for thirty-eight years. A successful biographer of Christian leaders of past centuries, he has authored numerous books, including Spurgeon and A Heart Set Free (the story of Charles Wesley).
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Life of Susanna Wesley. She had a pathetic husband and work hard to raise her children to honor God.
MaryRachelSmith | Nov 30, 2021 |
A workmanlike overview of Spurgeon's life, drawn from printed primary sources. It covers his life, education, family, his church work, including preaching, evangelizing, and charity, and his writings. It doesn't go deep into his theology, but it covers his major works. It covers his personal life well enough. Though lucidly written, fairly short, and easy, it is not as thorough as possible on his works, his theology, and his life as a more recent biography may be. Short on images. A bit of preachiness, for instance, bemoaning that Spurgeon smoked cigars and drank alcohol, an intrusion of the author into the text. Perhaps a more recent biography may be better, but this is good enough for a start.… (més)
tuckerresearch | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Nov 8, 2021 |
I picked up this book not knowing whether or not it was in favour of the charismatic movement. It tells the life of Edward Irving who lived in England in the early 1800's. Irving was seen as a radical in his day and came to prominence in ministry due to his flair and use of complicated language. It seems the intellectuals and professionals flocked to hear him preach due to his style alone. But sadly the content of his messages was lacking and in time this became evident. His published works did not receive much acclaim due to people being unable to understand them! Despite that he built up a large following and his success definitely went to his head.

Irving is seen as the "forerunner of the Charismatic movement." It was interesting to note that at the time of his appearance the charismatic gifts were basically unknown having died out centuries before. Irving believed that there would be a revival of these gifts in response to fervent prayer. He consistently preached on this topic and in time there was an outbreak. However, many of those involved later turned their back on the movement recognising it as having been of the flesh, or in some cases even the devil. Irving himself prayed persistently for the gifts of tongues and prophecy but failed to receive them. He refused to take part in the "how to speak in tongues" sessions that were taking place believing that if it was a truly supernatural gift it would occur apart from human effort. Many of the prophecies spoken failed to come true and others were unclear.

Irving's life and ministry were dogged by accusations of heresy due to his inconsistent and vague doctrinal statements about Jesus' humanity/Deity. He was believed to be preaching that Christ was sinful in the manner of Adam, or at least capable of sinning--that it was through His resistance of temptation and His having lived a perfect life that He was able to save others from their sins. Rather than through His death on the cross in the place of sinners. His attempts to clarify his position on this crucial issue fell short and he was eventually removed from office.

Despite his erroneous beliefs and radical practice, he was loved by many prominent believers of his day due to his sincerity. It appears that he was honestly mistaken rather than deliberately misleading people. The application of his beliefs not only harmed those that he was preaching to but also him personally--he believed that sickness and death were always the result of sin and God's judgement. He lost several children to sickness and spent a lot of time seeking to understand the reasons.

This was a fascinating and easy read. It had obviously been written from the perspective of a non-charismatic and conservative viewpoint. Having said that, it appears to be well researched and as it is a biographical account I believe that it is likely to be reliable. The author gives credit where it is due.

To sum up Irving's life and ministry I would use one word, confused. For that reason I find it difficult to understand why any contemporary charismatics would want to associate themselves with his life and ministry. The book is a picture of strange charismatic phenomenon that, in the main, are not in accordance with Scripture and lead in various unsavoury directions. If this was the birth of the modern charismatic movement it could explain some of the unbiblical things happening today.

This is an important book which should remind us all why we need to stick to Scripture and ensure that our worship and church practices are acceptable to God. I recommend this book for all Christian readers who are interested in church history.
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sparkleandchico | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Aug 31, 2016 |


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