What he says we believe is called biblicism. What is biblicism? It is a belief that finds expression in this set of ten factors, some holding each factor while others hold most of them. It is characteristic — listen to this — he says of perhaps 100 million Christians! Here are the ten factors of biblicism:
1. Divine Writing: the Bible is identical to God’s own words.
2. Total representation: it is what God wants us to know, all God wants us to know (he quotes JI Packer here) in communicating the divine will to us.
3. Complete coverage: everything relevant to the Christian life is in the Bible.
4. Democratic perspicuity: reasonable humans can read the Bible in his or her language and correctly understand the plain meaning of the text.
5. Commonsense hermeneutic: again, plain meaning; just read it.
6. Solo [not sola] Scripture: we can read the Bible without the aid of creeds or confessions or historical church traditions.
7. Internal harmony: all passages on a given theme mesh together.
8. Universal applicability: the Bible is universally valid for all Christians, wherever and whenever.
9. Inductive method: sit down, read it, and put it together.
10. Handbook model: the Bible is handbook or textbook for the Christian life.
One of the things we pick up as we learn to pray is that Satan pushes and condemns, but God draws and encourages.
There is a tone to a voice. Satan pushes and condemns. God draws and encourages. We can know the difference. There is also a spirit in a voice. It was said of Messiah that He would not “break a bruised reed, nor quench a smoldering wick.” Jesus would never snuff out the smallest hope, never crush the needy, and that’s the spirit we listen for in the voice of God. Then, there is the content of the voice. That is the evidence that is most clear, because the voice of God, the Davar Yahweh, is always consistent with the way God has spoken in the past.