By Brannon S. Howse
Let’s start with the Roman Catholic approach to this reason. Selection number 82 in the Catholic Catechism declares that both Scripture and tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence. Quite simply, the Church of Rome believes that its experience as reflected in church tradition is on par with God’s Word.
C. Peter Wagner similarly hearkens back to the early days of the Church to make his case for experience as a focus for NAR and its adherents. He explains:
[quote] Christianity began with 120 in the upper room. Within three centuries it had become the predominant religion of the Roman Empire. What brought this about? The answer is deceptively simple. While Christianity was being presented to unbelievers in both word and deed, it was the deed that far exceeded the Word in evangelistic effectiveness. [end quote] (emphasis mine)
Deed that far exceeded the word of God? For Wagner, experience is a higher value than the teaching of God’s Word. As in the Church of Rome, tradition (experience) as a source of faith is purportedly sufficient without Scripture. The Roman merger with Word of Faith and the New Apostolic Reformation on this point is easy to make happen.
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