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Leave a reply Nee, Watchman. The Latent Power of the Soul. After the Communists came to power in China, Nee was imprisoned and spent the last 20 years of his life incarcerated for his faith.

However, notes from many of his lectures were also compiled and translated into English to comprise quite a few more books that have been published in his name. Nevertheless, I do see some good in the book, which I will share toward the end of this review. Superhuman Power Before the Fall? His premise is that human beings as originally created prior to the fall were endued with incredible, even supernatural, power, and this power resided in our souls.

Nee bases this claim on the fact that in Genesis God gave Adam and Eve dominion over the earth. The question of whether Adam and Eve were the only humans on earth arises later in the story when their sons Cain and Seth marry, for one must ask, where did their wives come from??

But that is a topic for another blog post. To back up his argument, Nee makes this claim: The fact that sweat and toil in labor were effects of the fall and not of the original creation see Genesis means that prior to the fall Adam must have had limitless physical strength to labor and not grow tired.

In the fall the ground is cursed and produces thorns and thistles weeds and so plants which can be eaten now have to be cultivated and the ground worked in order for it to produce food. Because of the fall, humanity has to work a lot harder to produce the same results. Nee also claims that in order to name all the animals see Genesis , Adam must have had an incredible power of memory and thought in order to accomplish this task. Likewise, Nee argues that the Garden of Eden must have been very large because it was bounded by four rivers based on Genesis , and therefore Adam must have had superhuman powers in order to be able to manage the garden.

So the four rivers were not part of Eden but flowed from the river that came out of Eden. Science has shown that we only use about 10 percent of our brain power.

I believe it was C. How he comes to this conclusion from these verses is, quite honestly, beyond me. It seems like a complete stretch in terms of interpreting the passage, especially in light of its context, which speaks of judgment against Babylon in the last days.

Satan Wants Your Soul Power! However, he says, as Christians we are not to make use of this power because it is forbidden, due to the fall. Since that time, claims Nee, man has been learning more and more about parapsychology, through which Satan has been gaining ever greater control over human soul power. Strangely, Nee completely overlooks what the Bible has to say about the occult.

Several passages in the Bible notably Deuteronomy make it clear that occult practices like witchcraft, spiritism, necromancy, and the like were forbidden by God, and the implication is that these are activities which convey genuine supernatural power and originate with Satan.

Paranormal activity like Nee describes would fall under the category of occult power as well, by the way. At any rate, it seems strange to me that Nee ignores such a clear scriptural connection to his topic, and instead comes at it in such a roundabout way. Soulish or Spiritual? This is a helpful distinction. However, I found the practical examples Nee gives to be singularly unhelpful. And in fact some of his claims seem pretty strange to a modern reader. For example, Nee says that too much singing in worship services is soulish rather than led by the Holy Spirit; too much reflection on a Bible text will lead to a soulish interpretation rather than a spiritual one; all holy laughter yes, they knew of it in his day is soulish; if you desire for God to speak to you through dreams or visions, and especially if you have a lot of dreams or visions, then these are likely from the soul rather than the Holy Spirit; if you experience strong feelings, especially good feelings, in worship or prayer then these are likely from the soul rather than from the Holy Spirit; too much praying in tongues, or an inordinate desire to speak or pray in tongues, is soulish; and that many supernatural healings are wrought through soul power rather than Holy Spirit power.

Nee comes across as though he believes most spiritual phenomena and manifestations in church or Christian meetings are soulish and demonic rather than from the Holy Spirit, especially if they are accompanied by very nice feelings.

Therefore, a lack of strong feelings is a sign of a work that is authentically of the Holy Spirit, while the presence of strong feelings renders an experience suspect as being possibly soulish and demonic rather of God.

Throughout The Latent Power of the Soul Nee refers to a book called Soul and Spirit by Jessie Penn-Lewis, an evangelist famous for her role in the Welsh revival in the first decade of the 20th century. Penn-Lewis is also known for her controversial book War on the Saints in which she concluded that some of the spiritual manifestations which occurred in the Welsh revival were from Satan rather than God.

Penn-Lewis became very suspicious of spiritual manifestations and is accused by some of being too quick to label certain manifestations as being demonic in origin rather than divine.

The Latent Power of the Soul strikes me as having this same tendency. I will be the first to admit that discernment is needed with regard to spiritual experiences and manifestations. Reading this book helped me understand something about my own life and background.

My mother was always very afraid of being deceived in the way Nee describes in this book. In fact, the copy of the book I read belonged to my mom, and contained all her underlining and notes.

From these I could tell that she really agreed with or was greatly influenced by the teachings in this book. It seems my mother was highly influenced by these two books, and that her deep fears of being spiritually deceived may have been founded on them. I did benefit from reading it. Nee also makes a valid point that there is an important difference between what we conjure up by our own power and what is the true work of the Holy Spirit. He rightly points out that some of what goes on in Christian church services and meetings is more the use of psychological means and human effort rather than relying on the Spirit.

How often to I employ persuasion or manipulation, rather than simply looking to the Spirit to do his work? It is a sobering question, worth considering. For example, if church leaders work very hard to sport the latest hip fashion, and if our desire in worship is to have the latest cool music in order to attract new people or retain the ones we have , are we using psychological manipulation? Is our very approach, and our motive, soulish in origin? Reading this book also spurred me to begin a study of how the Greek word for soul, psuche, is used in the Bible.

It shows the importance of the distinction. I hope no one reading this will leave with a bad impression of Watchman Nee. He was a great man, a truly courageous Christian. No doubt he received a great reward when he met his heavenly Father after leaving this life.

Some of his books are classics. The Latent Power of the Soul is just not one of his better works. This reminds us that even the greatest of Christian leaders is still a human being and fallible like the rest of us. It gave me greater insight into one of my spiritual heroes and helped me to see his more human side. Share this:.


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The Latent Power of the Soul by Watchman Nee, A series of three articles written to discuss the strange manifestations of supernatural power which many people claim to be able to exercise, including telepathy, telekinesis, astral projection, visions, premonitions, and hypnosis. Here, these psychic powers are attributed to the soul. In The Communion of the Holy Spirit , some of these powers are attributed to evil spirits. Regardless of their source, in both books, we are cautioned to avoid them.


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Not even the most advanced physics, physiology or psychology, however, can explain even the most elementary qualities of our sensory awareness of that universe - qualities such as redness for example. Qualia used to be defined as sensory qualities such as colour and tone. But what if awareness is not an empty receptacle for sensory impressions, but has its own intrinsic sensual qualities - of the sort we experience as the inwardly sensed shape and substantiality of our bodies, the sensed lightness or darkness colour or tone of our moods, or a sensed feeling of warmth or coolness, closeness or distance to another human being? What if such sensual qualities of awareness are intrinsically meaningful - being the felt essence of meaning or sense? It argues that qualia are not simply qualities of our own human awareness but fundamental units of awareness.


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Leave a reply Nee, Watchman. The Latent Power of the Soul. After the Communists came to power in China, Nee was imprisoned and spent the last 20 years of his life incarcerated for his faith. However, notes from many of his lectures were also compiled and translated into English to comprise quite a few more books that have been published in his name. Nevertheless, I do see some good in the book, which I will share toward the end of this review. Superhuman Power Before the Fall?



Gold and silver, horses and chariots are all natural commodities which can be bartered. Even slaves can be bartered or traded-yet this is a trading in human bodies. Further, though, is an exchanging of the souls of men as merchandise. So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual. It is a message both intricate and profound.

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