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The Holy Spirit told me that I'm correct!

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If the Holy Spirit is the One who will guide us into ALL TRUTH (cf. 1 Kgs. 17:24; Jn. 8:32; 16:13; 17:17; cf. 18:37-38; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Jn. 1:8; 4:6; et al.), then why are there so many doctrinal disagreements within the Body of Christ? I'm sure all of us have heard fellow believers tell us: "I know that I'm correct in my belief because the Holy Spirit told me so!"

If a person is so arrogant, so lacking in basic humility, that they believe whatever they "feel" is right and that "feeling" is the presence of the Spirit validating their "feeling", then they are far out of the will of God and going their OWN rebellious way (cf. Gen. 6:3; Isa. 63:10; Ps. 106:33; Zech. 7:12; Acts 5:3; 7:51; 1 Cor. 2:14; 1 Thess. 5:19). In fact, the very idea that a person without the gift of teaching and without the preparation necessary to bring that gift to the point of valid functioning can make judgment calls on individual points of doctrine is arrogant in the extreme (cf. 2 Tim. 4:3-4; Matt. 23:1-39; Rom. 16:17-20; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Gal. 1:6-9; 3:1-29; 6:3; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 Pet. 2:1; 3:16; Rev. 22:18-19). What placed teachers in the Body? Was it not the Spirit (Joel 2:28-30; Lk. 11:11-13; Rom. 1:11; 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31; 14:1; Jas. 1:17; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; Eph. 4:11-16). But this (hypothetical) person believes that he/she has no need of any teacher, has no need of any preparation, has no need of study -- just "feeling" something is right is correct (cf. Jer. 17:9).That clearly has nothing to do with the Spirit. If the Spirit did not gift that person, and if that person has not has gifted them and if indeed they were humble enough to follow the Spirit's guidance (cf. Mic. 6:8; 2 Chron. 7:14; Ps. 25:9; Prov. 11:2; Jas. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5; et al.), how can said person claim to be superior to those who have been gifted, who have prepared, and who have bothering to diligently study the matter out (2 Tim. 2:15). The fact that said person is not even willing to listen to the well-reasoned argument of someone who has consulted good teaching and who has at least bothered to search it out and test it out in the Bible just goes to show that the individual in question is arrogant and not humble (1 Jn. 4:1-6).

If a person is arrogant, they are unteachable. If I -- who know nothing about engineering and very little about mathematics -- tell the math professor I will not listen because I "feel" I know that the answer should be, and if I tell the engineer to build the bridge a different way because I "feel" it is better, disaster will result. We may think that is worse because lives may be lost; but teaching and or accepting false doctrine because of an arrogant assumption that "anything I feel is right must be the Holy Spirit" is actually worse: because of course here we are talking about eternal repercussions (Matt. 15:14; 16:6; Acts 20:29; Gal. 1:6-9; 5:9; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; Rom. 16:17; cf. 2 Cor. 11:13-15; 1 Tim. 6:20-21; Heb. 13:9; Jas. 3:1; 2 Pet. 2:2; 2 Jn. 1:7-11; Jude 1:4). The Spirit does not force or bully or act through emotions. The Spirit tells us things in our conscience and prods us to remember actual biblical truths, and the more we are willing to pay close attention, the closer He guides us -- not through shouting or proclaiming or emotional excess, but through His still, small voice. But if we make an idol out of our pride and our emotions and call this "the Spirit", there is no end to the trouble we may bring on ourselves. 

God Bless!

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