Best line I’ve read lately –
“Religious experience needs good theology the way a traveler needs a reliable map. A traveler with lots of enthusiasm but no map for the journey is a dangerous person to travel with. Together you can get hopelessly lost.” ~ Clark H. Pinnock, Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit
Bill Coble [03/06/2015 11:29 AM]
Awesome man. We had him as a guest speaker in our theology of the Holy Spirit class at PTS
Thangsan Hisfootstep [03/06/2015 11:36 AM]
Great notes! However, I would like to add this. Pentecostalism is not just a religious enthusiasm as many wrongly think. It is the touch of the living God by His Spirit, therefore it’s still beyond religious enthusiasm that is just human psycho drive at best.
Pentecostal Theology [03/13/2015 12:36 PM]
PINNOCK: This is the point that is most controversial. That’s why I speak of it as a variant of Wesleyan-Arminian theism, because it posits a different view of the future. We think it strengthens that way of thinking, but some critics think that it’s too risky, too dangerous.
So our view is not that God knows everything that can be known and is therefore omniscient without qualification, but that some aspects of the future are settled and other aspects are not settled. The world is such that certain things are still being settled by the agents in the world, by us and by God, so God knows things as possible as well as certain.
Traditionally, God knows everything that will ever happen certainly, so it must happen exactly that way. Whereas we’re saying that God appears in the Bible to know some things for certain because he planned them or because they’re going to happen definitely, but aspects of the future may surprise him.
I think that’s a point that’s gotten people scared, the idea that God takes risks and is vulnerable. The same thing with the impassibility of God. http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/religious-experience-needs/