Monday, August 17, 2009

The Preacher and Prophecy

"Since prediction is incorporated into the Sacred Text to such a large degree and since the preacher is appointed to declare the whole counsel of God, there is no escaping the responsibility of knowing and expounding the prophetic Scriptures. Let the one who avoids this great theme in his pulpit ministrations ask himself what his relation to the Holy Spirit is, in view of the truth asserted by Christ that the primary teaching of the Spirit is to "shew you things to come" (John 16:13). The pastor and teacher is a specialist in the knowledge of the Word of God and there is no intimation that the declaration of prophecy is excepted from his responsibility."

Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology. Volume IV. (Dallas: Dallas Seminary Press, 1948), 260.

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