The Experience Trap
A faith that is devoid of experience becomes at best a mere intellectual exercise, unable to really change us or significantly meet the deep spiritual needs that all of us have. At worst, it becomes a legalistic master, constantly demanding...
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A faith that is devoid of experience becomes at best a mere intellectual exercise, unable to really change us or significantly meet the deep spiritual needs that all of us have. At worst, it becomes a legalistic master, constantly demanding what we cannot achieve and then condemning us for our failure to measure up to its requirements.
On the other hand, a faith that is dependent and focused on spiritual experiences produces in us a constant need for 'something more' in order to maintain the spiritual momentum of our lives. Because all experience by its very nature is transitory, an experience-centred faith results in insecurity, instability and, frequently, disillusionment.
This book examines the nature and source of some current experience-centred movements and provides a biblical foundation for determining the validity of spiritual experiences. It deals with issues such as: the importance of the mind the influence of culture on the church's thinking the place of prophecy today the problem of suffering and healing the miraculous intervention of God the basis for stable, satisfying Christian experience Excellent material for those who are trying to discover a Biblical balance when it comes to experiences.
Kel Willis is director of Christian Growth Ministries, a non-denominational organisation ministering to the church at large. The past 25 years Kel has spent in itinerant Bible teaching, with a particular emphasis upon Ministry to pastors and leaders within local churches. Kel is Chairperson of Morling College Council and Vice Chair of Sydney Missionary and Bible College. An ordained Baptist minister, Kel is a gifted Bible teacher and communicator. He conducts teaching programs and seminars covering areas of need currently evident in the church and community. Kel has had considerable experience over the past years, both in a church consultancy role and in conflict resolution. He is the author of six books including, Clearing the Cobwebs, Escaping Mediocrity, The Experience Trap, Preaching for Impact and Living With You, Living With Me.