Spiritual disciplines of God and Men deals with the re-introduction of ancient practices to the modern church.
‘Spiritual Formation’ will not be a term that is familiar to everyone, but most Christians will be aware of the effects of it and many will have experienced at least some aspects of it, perhaps through the writings of men like Richard Foster and Dallas Willard. Ancient mystical books and practices are being revived to feed the 21st century need for substantial roots to faith. This is no ‘flash in the pan’ or passing fad: the movement has grown in power and influence over the last forty years and seminaries and other influential authorities are promoting it. The great question is, ‘are these things in harmony with the Word of God?’ Dr Gilley examines the movement and those leading it and issues this direct challenge:
Do we, as believers in sola Scriptura, take our marching orders from the written Word, or do we look to the “white spaces” in Scripture to determine how we live? Do we actually believe that the Lord has given us in Scripture the teachings and practices He wants us to follow, or do we believe that we must supplement the authentic words of God with our imagination and traditions of men?
This vital book is one that all serious Christians need to read.
Dr. Gary Gilley has been pastoring at Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois, since 1975. He is author of five books, This Little Church Went to Market, This Little Church Stayed Home, ‘’I Just Wanted More Land,’’ – Jabez, “Is That You Lord?” and This Little Church Had None. He has also contributed to five other books, Reforming or Conforming, Biblical Sufficiency Applied, Practical Aspects of Pastoral Theology, Dispensationalism Tomorrow & Beyond, a Tribute to Charles Ryrie, and An Introduction to the New Covenant. Pastor Gilley is a frequent speaker at Bible conferences in America and internationally. He also writes the study paper, Think on These Things, which examines important contemporary theological issues and trends. He is a board member of Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission and the Personal Freedom Outreach, serves on the Board of Reference for New Tribes Missions and is the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Dispensational Theology.
He is married to Marsha has two sons, Ben and Brian, and five grandchildren.