Alarmed by the Voice of Jack Deere

Richard Mayhue | May 21, 2010

Dr. Jack Deere, the well-known noncessationist author of the previously published Surprised by the Power of the Spirit , has proposed in his sequel, Surprised by the Voice of God , that humble, obedient Christians who seek to have an intimate walk with God should regularly hear God speak outside of Scripture through various means such as an audible voice, impressions, dreams, and/or visions. The author even suggests that a Christian’s experience today could exceed the most spectacular moments in the first-century church at Jerusalem as recorded in Acts. Deere’s attitudes toward those who disagree with his theological posture on these issues (cessationists) and his proposals are examined in regard to their logical validity, hermeneutical propriety, anecdotal proportions, exegetical precision, and theological persuasion. This reviewer has concluded that Deere unfortunately attempts to make too much out of too little and thus fails to present a convincing case for his own Third Wave convictions when Scripture, not experience, is the arbiter.

Vol. 8, no. 2 (Fall 1997)

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Mayhue, Richard. "Alarmed by the Voice of Jack Deere." The Master's Seminary Journal 8, no. 2 (Fall 1997): 151-61.