Lately, some folks have been totally taken over by frenzy. They put down their Bibles and want to reach out to God in another way. These guys criticize others who preach from the Bible, saying that we’re “just following the dead letter of the law.” Here’s what I want to ask them: where do they get this Spirit that shows so much contempt for biblical teaching as being so low and childish? If they want to tell me that it’s the Spirit of Christ, I’d tell them they’re being ridiculous!
None of the apostles or early church-goers were ever taught to hold the Bible in such contempt…not by the Holy Spirit. Instead, they had great respect for it…dare I even use the very old-fashioned word ‘reverence’? The Holy Spirit taught of His ruling over His people when he spoke through Isaiah, after all: “My Spirit is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring…forevermore” (59:21). This is the way the Church is happy: by being ruled over by the Spirit of God in his Word!