By Bernard L. Ramm
Paperback variation of ebook initially released in hardcover as "The God Who Makes a Difference," 1972
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If the mark of a believer is the love of God filling the heart of a person, one must question the validity of the beliefs of a person who does not exhibit love for God and love for man. No man is to be taken at his word. In 1 John the phrase if a man says is repeated (1:6, 2:4, 2:9) to indicate that if there is a contradic tion between wrhat a man says and w-hat he does he doesn’t bear the marks of a true Christian. Further, Paul gives a list of notorious sins and indicates that the kind of person who persists in doing these things does not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal.
At this point it might appear that the witness of the Spirit is a dis guised form of subjectivism. But this is not the case. ” That is, no alleged Christian experience was considered genuine if it was not anchored in Holy Scripture. Some culls jump when they feel the Spirit and others roll. The witness of the Spirit is not in the jump or the roll but in the Word. This gives the doctrine of the witness of the Spirit an external reference point and also a critical foundation for the assessment of any so-called experience of the gospel.
In a sense all of Christian apologetics is but a delineation of the meaning of entailmcnt for the Christian. Entailment means exploring what one is committed to in accepting any particular belief. And no choice of any kind is a responsible one if the entailment of the choice has not been investigated. To be a Christian, for example, means to accept the authority of Holy Scripture and to accept doctrines that are very complex and difficult to explain such as the Trinity, the Incarna tion, and original sin.
A Christian Appeal to Reason by Bernard L. Ramm