Earlier this fall I read, “Quest to Restore God’s House” by Wade H.Phillips, this is a history of the Pentecostal movement in and around Cleveland, Tn. Phillips writes well and his research is good and since I grew up in the area and knew some of the history I found the book interesting.
It is the word RESTORE and the emphasis on restoration that I find troubling. The Pharisees and the Sadducees of the N.T. were about restoration but Jesus was about a new covenant. The book of Acts was about a newness of approach. My friend Rev. Wayne Roston used to sing,: there is nothing to go back to, praise God sweet heavens in view.” When you read Phillips book about all the infighting,the factions and even law suits against the brethren, the word restore is the last word that I would be thinking of. Rather let us think of building a fresh new church, depending on the wisdom of our generation and the continuing leadership of the Holy Spirit.
Charles Page [12/17/2015 1:23 PM]
appreciate that review
Charismatic Theology [12/17/2015 1:32 PM]
been wanting to read them myself – have lots of questions Phillips traceing Frank Sandford’s direct influence upon Tomlinson and the developing Church of God
John Kissinger [12/17/2015 3:39 PM]
Peter said something related to non- restorationism the other day but I did not see it in Wade Phillips. The volumes speak rather of somewhat Landian Formation-Transformation-Reformation
Charismatic Theology [12/17/2015 7:05 PM]
Only review is available on this title by D. Toberlin on Amazon. The review is not in detail vol. 1 being the only one considered. It gathers that Phillips presents what shaped the early decades of this stream of Pentecostalism in the form of historical criticism. The prime focus on ecclesiology rather than pneumatology has been discussed prior and it should not be a surprise to anyone. The focus on Holy Spirit baptism in the tradition did not come until after AJ Tomlinson was well established in the structure and Cashwell was invited to minister. Phillips birth effect theory is deconstructive being valid for most of Pentecostalism and not just the particular movement in discussion. It is well known that the early documentation he is working with surpass any single library collection for the period. Therefore, his work is well reasoned and the upcoming volumes are justifiably anticipated. Thank you Don Brock for presenting it at the Historical Society meeting in May http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/quest-to-restore-gods-house-a-theological-history-of-the-church-of-god/
John Kissinger [12/18/2015 1:02 PM]
There are several additional responses to the review after it published on the website yesterday http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/quest-to-restore-gods-house-church-of-god-history-by-wade-h-phillips/ Would appreciate some more responses and discussion participation as the topic is quite important
John Kissinger [12/22/2015 6:33 AM]
lets here more from OP and why was the topic brought out Jim