Thank you, again, Charles Hodge!

I came across a great description by Charles Hodge in his Systematic Theology of spiritual mysticism which dove-tailed into a statement about the sufficiency of the Scripture in our lives as Christians:

“Evangelical Christians admit that the children of God are led by the Spirit of God, that their convictions as to truth and duty, their inward character and outward conduct, are moulded by His influence. They are children unable to guide themselves, who are led by an ever-present Father of infinite wisdom and love. This guidance is partly providential, ordering their external circumstances; partly through the Word, which is a lamp to their feet: and partly by the inward influence of the Spirit on the mind. This last, however, is also through the Word, making it intelligible and effectual, bringing it suitably to remembrance. God leads His people by the cords of a man, i.e., in accordance with the laws of his nature. This is very different from the doctrine that the soul, by yielding itself passively to God, is filled with all truth and goodness, or that in special emergencies it is controlled by blind, irrational impulses.” [italics mine]

Thank you, Charles Hodge, for reminding us that we need not seek for “holy” hunches, feelings, premonitions, or intuitions, but, as an alternative, rest in the sufficiency of Scripture for guidance in our daily lives.



  1. Diane said,

    February 23, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    This is a very good explanation. Says what whole books have said in a nutshell.

  2. Joshua said,

    March 2, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Yes, thank you Hodge. God save us from the enthusiasts!

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