My wife and I visited a church Sunday night at the invitation of a friend who was singing in a group there. We were under the impression that the church was non-denominational, and were a bit surprised to find out that it was a cooperating Southern Baptist church. I heard some things in the sermon that I'd have to say I've never heard in an SBC congregation before. I'll put his main points here, and see what kind of comment it generates. 1. The Holy Spirit is a source of the Word of God to Christians in the same way that the Bible is a source of revelation. John 16:5-16. In this passage, Jesus is addressing believers who did not have written scripture. However, there is no place in the scripture that teaches that a written canon of the New Testament would replace the need for the revealing power of the Spirit. 2. The gifts of prophecy and tongues have not ceased. The gift of prophecy is a source of revelation to the church (I Cor. 14:24-25) the gift of tongues is a gift for edification of the individual (I Cor. 14:4) but can also be a source of revelation when paired with the gift of interpretation (I Cor. 14:26-27). Believers gifted with tongues at a time and place where there is no interpretation may use the gift for prayer (I Cor. 14:28). The key is in the last half of verse 26, "All of these mmust be done for the strengthening of the church." Not everyone is gifted with tongues or interpretation, as the passage suggests, if it does occur in the body, two or three should speak and there should be an interpreter. If there is no interpreter, there is to be no public speaking in tongues. And as Paul points out, the gift of prophecy is greater. (But if Paul is speaking of a gift of prophecy that occurs in the gathered body, at the time of his writing, there was no written scripture or canon, so didn't prophecy constitute the receiving of a word from the Lord apart from the written word? 3. There is no scripture support for the idea that the canon is "closed." Revelation that comes through spirit-filled prophecy, or by supernatural means, is intended to bring God's word to his children in the context of the culture in which they live. The church, as the body of Christ, is the "check and balance" on this. Do you not listen to your pastor as he preaches, and does God not speak through his words to you? Are there people that you look up to as mentors and teachers in the faith who provide you with guidance which you follow? Do you not have a spirit of discernment to be able to tell when something that you are being told is from the Lord or from the heart of human wisdom? Of course you do. My own pastor, also a Southern Baptist, says this is an area where Baptists depart from what the scripture has to say, and apply their own presupposed biases to interpreting this. His advice is to look at what the scriptures say, and if that differs from traditional Baptist teaching, go with the scripture. I'm sure there are differences of opinion out there on this board related to this subject.