Mysticism In A. W. Whitney's Inner Voice Of God

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Register to read the introduction… One critique that this reviewer had is that Whitney opens the way for Christians to look for that inner voice of God to guide them. He quotes A.W. Tozer on page 199. Whitney seems to be one of “soft mysticism.” He writes often of “hearing the voice of God” and the like (pp. 44, 179, 184, 186, 193, 194, 195, 236, 237). By this the author means the inner voice, the prompting, and the inner “still, small voice of God.” I find no example or instruction in the Word concerning such inner voices. The issue here is what does God’s voice sound like and Satan could masquerade around like God. This again can be solved by carefully screening how to follow after God. With all of that being said, This book is extremely helpful in laying out for the reader eleven spiritual disciplines that when engaged in can help one grow in their affection for God.

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The area he covers is vast, and even with his expertise as a historical theologian, he is not able to cover many details in a more than cursory fashion. I believe his statements regarding the history of conservative Reformed theology sometimes show a lack of deep understanding. Some of his criticisms seem unjust. Likewise, he often fails to distinguish what I would consider to be orthodox from heterodox ideas. He includes all parts of the spectrum—liberal and conservative—as Protestantism, and treats all as equally authentic versions. In the author of this papers viewpoint, this detracts from the usefulness of the book. Of course, he views this historically, without making judgments on the rightness or wrongness of the various positions, only their pragmatic successes or

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