I once talked with a denominational preacher who claimed he rarely quoted out of the Bible because he felt it was too dangerous. He claimed that his denomination had three “spectacles” through which they viewed the Bible… Tradition (what others had said about it in the past), Experience (how the scriptures related to what they saw in their own surroundings), and Reason (Did it make sense?).
A. Tradition (the way we were raised) “In vain do they worship my teaching as doctrines the commands of men” (Matthew 15:9)
B. Experience (Pentecostals) – In Deuteronomy 13:1ff God warns:
“If a prophet or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, ‘Let us follow other gods’ (gods you have not known) ‘and let us worship them,’ you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.”
C. Reason – “Lean not upon your own understanding…”
“There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death.“