Post Mortem

Subjective feelings or God’s Written word

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/17/2019 12:16:06 PM IST

 Nothing in the world is more important or more valuable than the truth. History is filled with an account of people who chose to accept torture, death rather than deny the truth. The testimonies of the Christian martyrs throughout history were valiant warrior for the truth. They fought for the truth by proclaiming it in the face of fierce opposition, by living lives that gave testimony to the power and goodness of truth, and by refusing to renounce or forsake the truth no matter what threats were made against them.

Every true Christian should know and love the truth, because only truth can liberate people from the bondage of sin and give them eternal life (John 8:32). There is no hope of salvation apart from hearing and believing the truth about Christ the only savior. All Religious experiences are not works of the Holy Spirit. Some of these experiences are produced by unholy spirits. (I John 4:1; Matthew 7:21-23)

To think of one living without personally participating in life is absurd. Physical life presupposes experience. Likewise, to speak of spiritual life is to assume experience, or personal participation, in the spiritual life realm. For instance, the new birth is not simply a theological concept to be discussed, it is an undeniable truth experienced by every true Christian. The scriptures are replete with instances of God's people experiencing emotions and feelings in relation to their faith. David, upon bringing Ark in Jerusalem, rejoiced with dancing in the street, the lame man of Act 3, upon being healed, leaped with joy as he walked through the Temple praising the name of God, Israelites, upon hearing Ezra magnify God, shouted in unison “AMEN, AMEN” Isaiah, upon seeing the Lord high and lifted up, fell upon his face and worship, Stephen, as he died at the hands of assassins, saw the Glory of Christ and was filled with the peace and joy of God as he entered his presence. These examples, along with numerous others in scripture, verify one aspect of the experiential nature of Christianity. The emotions and feelings of God's children are real. No one who believes the Bible can reasonably deny this fact.

Though emotions and subjective feelings are part of the Christian experience, they are not the totality of that experience, and they are not to be trusted as infallible rules and guides in discerning truth. Satan is a master deceiver. A chief device he uses is spiritual impression. We are warned of this in 1 John 4:1. Where we are told “Beloved, Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world”. Many Israelites felt like Korah was right and they joined him in his rebellion against God and Moses. They late joined him in judgment as God slew them for their rebellion. At the foot of Mt. Sinai, the Israelites followed their feelings. They began to fear because of Moses's absence. Trusting their emotions, they built a Golden Calf and bowed down to worship it. God made them drink the god they had created. The people of Israel trusted their feelings rather than God's clear word.

Since day one of Church history, Christian have found it necessary to resort wave after wave of relentless assaults from countless enemies in the truth wave. But the most determined enemies and the most serious threats have always come from within the visible Church herself. Satan uses three tools to attack the Church today - Sentimentalism, Sensationalism and Enthusiasm. Sentimentalism confuses fussy, subjective feelings with the voice of Holy Spirit. It deceives a person into following tradition rather than

the clear word of God. Sentimentalism blinds a person to the fact that the Old-Time Religion of today is quite often the heretical modernism of a past century. Sensationalism confuses outward demonstration of power with the work of the Holy Spirit. It spellbinds people into believing that all signs and wonders are accurate measures of truth. Again, the word of God takes second place to experiences. Enthusiasm like Sentimentalism and Sensationalism, serves to bind those given up to it. Unstable members of a congregation begin to look for enthusiasm of worship rather than truth. A preacher who can stir emotions is considered filled with the Spirit while a sound expositor of the Bible truth is considered dead and dry Emotional enthusiasm becomes the standards by which all religious experience is measured, Therefore, to them the word of God becomes inconsequential.

It is easy for a Religious person to trust experience over the written of God. It is a lot simpler for the preacher to say “God told me”, than it is for him to prayerfully study Bible. Jeremiah wrote to man like this “They speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord”. (Jeremiah 23:16).

Likewise, it is easier for a Christian to trust his or her feelings than to accept the responsibility of searching the Scriptures. Individually they can stand and testify that God has shown them certain things even though those very things violate God's word. Following raw emotion in contradiction of God's Written Word, they identify themselves as rebels rather than spirit-filled saints. Though a person claims to be obeying the Holy Spirit, when he follows his subjective feelings in opposition to scriptures, he is obeying an unholy spirit.

 A Christian does not have to wonder through life, tossed to and fro by his fleshy emotions and subjective feelings. God has given him a sufficient and authoritative guide. That guide is the written word of God. The Bible is sufficient and authoritative because of its Author. Though men were the instruments used to pen the Scripture, the Holy Spirit is clearly revealed as the true author of the Bible. Being God, the spirit cannot deny himself nor speak falsely. Therefore, what he has been pleased to give through the scriptures is as infallibly authoritative as if God were to speak personally audibly from the Heavens. The written word of God reveals every things a person needs in this life to walk with God and please him Indeed, it is the Christian's sufficient guide. Such has been the testimony of the people of God throughou the ages. Psalm 119 is beautifully penned praise of the word of God. The Psalmist David confesses confidently, “your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105) the written word of God was David's guide.

The Holy Spirit abides within every born again believer. He is the believer's comforter and teacher without question he utilizes the means of inward impressions to direct those within whom he abides. Never however, does the Spirit of God work contrary to the written word of God! Therefore, the person who lightly regards the doctrine of the Holy Scriptures, regardless of his profession does not have a proper relationship with the Author of the Scripture.

Vikiho Kiba, Pastor NCRC Sumi, Doyapur Road

 

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