Ah… nice to post again.
I have been hiding, well, not really hiding… been busy in a new job… and a lot going on in my life.
In the summer of 2005 I started to experience some major reconciliation with people and I am thankful for what the Lord has done in that area. It is really great.
This included re-connecting in a big way with the house church network that my wife Lori and I were involved in forming and leading when we left the Vineyard in 1999. I am glad to say that all these important relationships have been strengthened, and where needed, they have been restored! The Lord of life and relationship is at work and will continue His work, if we get out of His way, and submit to Him!
I started a new job and it has been a wonderful change.
My kids, Caitlin and Erinn, are turning out to be wonderful young women, talented and gifted and a delight to be with. I am amazed at the work of the Lord in their lives and I am confident that He will do greater things through them than He has through me. I love them dearly.
NOW IS THE TIME…
For a season the Lord took me in the wilderness… and perhaps to be true, I helped myself there by being obstinate to the things He wanted me to learn. In any case, I have learned much, and even there in the wilderness, the Lord continued to speak to me and pour His heart into mine. And, now is the time to share things with you and interact with you.
THE GREAT DEBATE…HOW DO WE ENGAGE WITH THE CULTURE?
My own struggle for years has been how a Christian should engage with culture… I still struggle with Christians running for political office, and Christians being party members, and even with Christians voting… and in Canada’s most recent election, I clearly felt the Lord tell me not only to vote but who to vote for! This time I decided to obey, and I have seen remarkable blessing come out of it… I am going to learn much in this area I believe.
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The above blog post was written at a time when I was eclectic in my theological & biblical views and understanding. As of 5 February 2017 I am a functional cessasionist, that is, I believe the spiritual gifts, in particular gift like the vocative, prophetic gifts as well as healing & miracles have ceased. This means that my understanding is that at the end of the apostolic era, when the last apostle died (that would be John who was at Patmos & Ephesus, the author of the Gospel of John, Epistles of John & the Revelation of Jesus Christ, with his passing, the need for these particular gifts, the oracles of God given to men through the Holy Spirit, were no longer required. With the forming of the Canon of Scripture, there came to be no need for revelatory gifts. In fact in Revelation, John himself records the words of Jesus, “18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.” [Revelation 22, CSB]
God is sovereign, still heals, still manifests in the miraculous, but not at the whim or the discretion of men. We pray and ask the Lord, and then we yield and surrender to His will, echoing the words and the spirit of Christ, “Not my will but your will be done.” [Luke 22:42].
I embrace and hold to a Reformed understanding of theology & Christian living in the world. I have abandoned my other views entirely. I would be more akin to a Reformed Baptist (1689 Confession) type of Reformed theology. I used to be a continuationist (akin to John Piper) but no longer.
God bless you as you seek to know Christ and the power of His resurrection [Philippians 3:10 CSB].
In the eternal grip of Jesus,
Samuel M. Buick
29 January 2018
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