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Experience Does Not Establish Truth

"All our traditions, all our opinions and all our experiences must therefore be submitted to the independent and objective test of Biblical Truth. . . . The Will of God for the People of God is in the Word of God. It is here that we are to learn it, and not primarily from the experience of particular individuals or groups, however true and real these experiences may be. What we seek for ourselves and what we teach to others must be governed by the Scripture alone. Only when the Word of God dwells in us richly shall we be able to evaluate the experiences which we and others may have. Experience must never be the criterion of truth; truth must always be the criterion of experience.
JOHN R. W. STOTT
Introduction - Pages 9 and 15
Baptism and Fullness: The Work of the Holy Spirit Today.
(Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1976).

"The test of anything calling itself Christian is not its significance or its success or its power, though these make the test more imperative. The test is truth." 
FREDERICK D. BRUNER
Chapter 1 - Page 33
A Theology of the Holy Spirit.
(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970).

"The modern understanding of faith is epistemological suicide. There is nothing to distinguish it from the crassest credulity and gullibility. Religious experiences not subject to testing procedures are used to 'prove everything' from Zen to Mormonism. . . . the new theologian abandons confidence in the intellectual and historical content of the Christian Gospel and places his trust in a subjective man-centered experience which is indistinguishable from gastric upset. . . .Saints in the past trusted an objectively true gospel, and today people trust in a subjectively pleasing state of mind. Saints in the past exercised faith toward Christ; today they have faith in their experience, faith in their faith. . . . Nowhere in the Bible is faith depicted as an unmotivated leap into the dark. Rather, Abraham, the father of all who believe, acted upon specific Divine promises (Genesis 12:3; 15:5-6; Romans 4:20-21; Hebrews 11:8-12). 
CLARK PINNOCK
Chapter 8 - Page 73
Set Forth Your Case: Studies in Christian Apologetics.
(Chicago: Moody Press, 1971).

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