Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 096:383 (Jul 1939)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

The Bible Revelation of the Holy Spirit. By John B. Kenyon. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids. 159 pp. $1.00.

It is a well known fact that there are few hymns of the church on the Holy Spirit that are true to the Scriptures and it seems evident that the ever increasing production of books on this theme will present about the same deplorable situation. This volume by Mr. Kenyon-a Baptist pastor of Montana, which includes an unqualified commendation in the form of a foreword by Dr. Robert C. McQuilkin-, is unsatisfactory in two particulars at least: It is incomplete and it is inaccurate. Its incompleteness extends to the things that are said and to the things not said. While there are many truths presented, and some are made especially interesting by the straightforward, practical style of the writer, none of the themes treated bear the marks of Biblical analysis, but rather impress the reviewer as being the presentation of such aspects of truth as have occurred to the writer’s mind without having comprehended the vast field of revelation which the whole Bible offers. The element of incompleteness is further seen in that there is no adequate recognition of the dispensational aspects of this great doctrine,-no clear intimation as to the new realities-vast indeed-which were introduced by the Spirit’s advent on the Day of Pentecost, no constructive contemplation of either the baptizing or teaching ministry of the Spirit. It is conceded that a small volume may not cover all phases of a great subject but the major aspects of a subject certainly should appear.

With respect to inaccuracy, many details are to be overlooked such as a forced interpretation of the word baptize which results in the notion that believers are immersed in the Spirit. No such thought ever occurs in the sacred text, rather the Spirit is always presented as approaching the individual, indwelling him, or exerting some influence upon him.

Were this restricted meaning of the word baptize to be carried out consistently, it is necessary to assert that Israel was immersed in Moses (1 Cor 10:2) and that believers are in Christ, not in the sense that they are “joined to the Lord,” but in the sense that they are literally submerged in Christ.

The major inaccuracy of the book is its treatment of what is known as “the unpardonable sin.” Our author’s definition of this is, “it is the sin of wilfully speaking against or despising the Holy Spirit when it is absolutely and positively known who He is.” Of many books each author invents his own definition and all contribute to the despair of a multitude of sensitive, uninstructed...

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