Christian BoyLove Forum #66111
The Holy Spirit won't DRIVE you to do anything; if we seek His guidance, we can be fairly certain that it's right to do what we think, though the reality is that the process of discernment needs to be more than just the individual. Certainly the New Testament is full of people who having become Christians go off the rails in various spectacular fashions, from the guy in 1 Cor 5 who's sleeping with his father's wife, through those whom Paul describes as suggesting that 'we to continue in sin that grace may abound?' to the Jezebel of Rev 2:20 who encourages sexual immorality.
The fact that differing sides on many of the present debates all claim to be guided by the 'holy spirit' proves that at least some of them are hearing wrong. Which is why there must be an additional source of authority to provide balance to the simplicities of trusting 'the inner light'. I have much respect for the early Quakers, but sadly their separation from the biblical anchor contained in their core theology left them unable to resist the logic of the world, with the result that the liberal wing is now barely Christian, though the Evangelical one seems to have a more health to it. [Apart from the USA, Quakers are either of one type or the other; only in the states are both groups present].
So what of Luke 11: "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Indeed, but if we choose to resist what we know to be right because we prefer to hear another story, we will rapidly develop a tin ear to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It's in that situation the role of the bible and the church are crucial in keeping us on the narrow way. 'Test all things' as Paul expresses; we are easily deceived.