Fallible New Testament Prophets? A Critique of Wayne Grudem’s Hypothesis

F. David Farnell | August 25, 2009

Spiritual gifts have long been a major topic of discussion in evangelicalism, but in recent years the focus has shifted somewhat from a discussion of gifts like tongues to the gift of prophecy. Wayne A. Grudem has proposed a novel definition of prophecy that he attempts to support from the NT. He traces part of his definition to cessationists and part to Charismatics in hopes of finding a middle ground acceptable to both. A central platform in Grudem’s hypothesis is Eph 2:20, a verse whose interpretation he misrepresents because of a grammatical misunderstanding. Other weaknesses in his theory include his assumption of a strict discontinuity from OT to NT prophecy, a mistaken understanding of the prestige of the NT prophet, and a misapprehension of the need of continuous evaluation of NT prophecy.

Vol. 2, no. 2 (Fall 1991)

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Farnell, F. David. "Fallible New Testament Prophets? A Critique of Wayne Grudem’s Hypothesis." The Master's Seminary Journal 2, no. 2 (Fall 1991): 157-80.