Periodical Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 137:548 (Oct 1980)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Periodical Reviews

“Everyday Dishonesty,” Ralph Milton, United Church Observer, March 1980, pp. 18-21.

Every Christian faces the problem constantly of fulfilling the command of God through the Apostle Paul to “stop being squeezed into the mold of the world” (Rom 12:2, personal translation). All believers find, as Wordsworth expressed it, that “the world is too much with us.” This subtle pressure of the world manifests itself in the deadening of one’s sensitivity to the many practices of dishonesty in everyday life that the world takes for granted and the Christian needs to fight against. This article will help to alert Christians to examples of “everyday dishonesty” that they may be guilty of or insensitive to.

Perhaps the best place to start is to take the honesty quotient test “What’s Your HQ?”—on page 20. The test has ten items which can be circled either right or wrong or on a scale of 1 to 5 between right and wrong. The first item is “So I do a bit of personal business on my employer’s time. There’s nothing wrong in that.” Another item is “It’s okay to photocopy music for the choir. After all, it’s for the church.”

The test and the article are disquieting; they prick the conscience. But they also focus the light of the scriptural standard of honesty on many practices that need ethical scrutiny. As a result they help believers to avoid “everyday dishonesty” in their lives.

“Theological Reflections on the Charismatic Movement,” J. I. Packer, Churchman 94 (1980): 7-25, 103–25.

This lengthy discussion of the charismatic movement in a leading Anglican journal underscores the point that the movement is a

worldwide phenomenon, not just American. Packer’s opening statement makes this point. The treatment is subdued and irenic, but the theological assessment is finally devastating. In Part 1 Packer traces the development and extension of the charismatic movement and its beneficial effects as well as its dangers. In Part 2 he focuses on the theological problems.

At points Packer is almost too generous. He affirms, for example “When we apply these tests to the charismatic movement it becomes plain that God is in it” (p. 15). In view of the movement’s theological indifference and divisiveness this reviewer finds that assessment unacceptable. Packer is also overly generous when he concludes that the movement’s “main effect everywhere is to promote robust Trinitarian faith, personal fellowship with the divine Saviour and Lord whom we meet in the New Testament, repentance, obedience, and love to fel...

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