Chasing What God?: Examining The God Chasers by Tommy Tenney

Pastor Bill Randles
Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc.
midwestoutreach.org

 

The God ChasersThe God Chasers is a call to those who consider themselves to be hungry for the “manifest presence of God.” It begins with a narrative, which should strike a chord with those radicalized by experience-based religion ala Toronto and Pensacola…

Tenney’s call for an abandonment of “past Truth” in favor of his more relevant “present Truth” is far from original. This is the same claim made by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (a.k.a. Jehovah’s Witnesses) and other cults and false religious movements. He is only the latest in a long line of teachers who have tapped into the discontentment many have in this entertainment age. By subtly denigrating the sound teaching of the Word of God, they promote the latest expression of experience-based religion and capitalize on false teaching. Just like the children of Israel who tired of manna in their day, the modern children of God “… will not endure sound doctrine …” (2 Tim. 4:3) either. Tenney, like many others these days, is adept at ridiculing Bible study and teaching as though they were as irrelevant as a game of Trivial Pursuit…

Between the various personal experiences recounted by Tenney and his attempts at whetting the spiritual appetites for which his book calls, glimpses of the author’s theology can be seen…Tenney holds to a curious view of the Word of God as being “God’s Tracks,” “where God’s been,” and “past Truth.” This may be interesting, but it’s not enough for The God Chasers. Tenney further denigrates the Word of God (and those who would insist on measuring all things by it) in a very unusual and creative way. He calls the Scriptures “old love letters” — paying some homage to them; yet at the same time, he renders a present application of Scripture as being irrelevant.

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