2. Chad Bresson ably counters what I would call the contemplative obsession with silence. Yes, God speaks in a still small voice, but the important thing is that He speaks, He is there and He is not silent. True, maybe contemplatives our simply asking us to shut up and slow down so we can hear His voice, and there's a bit of truth in that.
The idea is simply postmodern fantasy. Into the silence, the WORD spoke all things into existence. When He was done, the Sabbath had been created so that man could find his rest in God, a rest marked by the communion of walking and "talking" with God in the cool of the garden. And once man fell, an enscripturated form of that WORD became necessary. In fact, if silence is what we want, destruction is what we will get. Man depends on God's speech, God's language, for his soul's survival. God's language has been embodied in His Son and embedded in an inspired and inerrant text. We don't want God to be silent if we are to ultimately find that Rest. Our sin is such, we can't have God be silent, for if he is silent all is lost.
Vos was surely ahead of his time (though what comes around goes around) when he wrote: "To the Christian church, in the most catholic sense of the word, supernatural religion has always stood for something far more than a system of spiritual instruction or an instrument of moral suasion. The deep sense of sin, which is central to her faith, demands such a divine interposition in the course of natural development as shall work actual changes from guilt to righteousness, from sin to holiness, from life to death, in the sphere not merely of consciousness but of being."
i would also add that it doesn't take some great spiritual exercise or labyrinthine journey to hear the God - God speaks loudly and clearly to me every day through His word.
3. The role of bloggers in spiritual awakening? It's interesting to read Diane Roberts on all things charismatic because she are one of them. People like me can raise critique charismatics but won't be taken seriously since people like me believe the Holy Spirit ceased to exist with the closing of the canon. But when Diane and others raise an eyebrow at shenanigans in places like Lakeland, FL, which is my old stomping grounds, it pays to take notice. And it appears from at least one perspecive that bloggers played a role in unmasking some of the excesses in Lakeland. Here she quotes Andrew Strom:
Some say that Lakeland would have fallen apart by itself without any need for all the emails or blogs, etc. As someone with an inside view of events, I have to say that this is not true at all. The people posting information via blogs, emails, Youtube videos, etc, have been utterly essential to what has happened. When Charisma started publishing about the Revival, I know for a fact that when they found out certain information through the Internet it changed their stance from "total support" to 'questioning'. I'm sure that ABC Nightline would say the same. And I know for a fact that ICA apostle Robert Ricciardelli's opposition to Lakeland would not have become widely known at all if it weren't for blogs or email Lists like this one. All of these factors have been utterly crucial. I think some blogs may get a little bit harsh or "personal" at times, but overall I want to say- Kudos to the bloggers! You've made a real difference. You have protected multitudes of sheep around the world from being further deceived and destroyed.