Chapter II:30: Arguments against Enthusiastical Additions to the Revelation of Scripture, Part 1

All the errors hitherto enumerated have at least this in common among them, that, with the Sacred Scriptures contemplated in the most vile manner, to them either they join, or they substitute, the internal Word and Private Revelations of the Spirit, according to which action is to be taken and belief is to be formed. The πρῶτα ψεύδη, original error, of those are distorted passages of Scripture, which shall be set forth in § 31.  The Scope/ Goal is to defend their shameful doctrines.  Against the Enthusiasts consult LEYDEKKER’S Veritatem Euangelicam triumphantem, tome I, book I, chapter IV; and especially SPANHEIM the Elder’s Disputationes Anti-Anabaptisticas, Disputationes theologicas, part II, Disputations XVI-XX.

For the refutation of these, besides those things that were said above concerning the Perfection of Scripture, with our AUTHOR we posit;

1. The prohibition of all addition to the Scripture, even under such a pretext, Galatians 1:8, 9, ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐὰν ἡμεῖς ἢ ἄγγελος ἐξ οὐρανοῦ εὐαγγελίζηται ὑμῖν παρ᾽ ὃ, etc., but though we or an angel from heaven preach to you any other gospel than, etc., which passage we just now vindicated in § 27 against the Papists; likewise, 2 Thessalonian 2:1, 2, —μήτε διὰ πνεύματος, etc., neither by spirit, etc.  And so the Apostle esteemed new revelations unnecessary to manifest to us now anew any doctrine not contained in Sacred Scripture.  As the Perfection of Scripture does not allow this; neither does the Perspecuity of the same in relating saving truths, so that we do not need new revelation for the explication of the written Word.  Whence, concerning the formula of Faith dictated by John in a nocturnal vision to Gregory Thaumaturgus;[1] concerning certain Revelations of Christina Paniatovia, among which in Revelation XIX there is a marvelous adumbration of the Holy Trinity; and also concerning the Revelations of Christopher Kotterus, among which is the Angelic Sermon concerning the excellent Triple Title of Christ, namely, that He is called the Man of Wisdom, Lion of the tribe of Judah, and the One standing in the midst of the Seven Churchs;[2] a judgment is able to be made:  in all which you will discover nothing that rises above human ability, and that without extraordinary revelation is not esteemed equally, if not better, from others:  see WITSIUS’ Miscellaneorum sacrorum, tome 1, book I, chapter XXIV, § 19-21, 8, 9, 16, 17, 22-25.

[1] Gregory Thaumaturgus, or the Wonder-worker (c. 213-c. 270) was a disciple of Origin, and later Bishop of Cæsarea.  His pastoral labors did much to advance the Christian faith in Asia Minor.  It is said of him that he wrought miracles, and received revelatory visits from Mary and the Apostle John, who is said to have delivered to him a Creed.

[2] John Amos Comenius (1592-1670) was a Moravian educator and author.  Comenius was a mystic, and in his Lux in tenebris he published the prophecies and visions of Krystyna Poniatowska (a Moravian mystic, who began prophesying in 1627) and Christopher Kotterus (of Silesia, who began prophesying in 1616).

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