Needed: The Word AND the Spirit

I agree with this saying:  “If all you get is the Word, you’ll dry up. If all you get is the Spirit, you’ll blow up. But if you get the Word AND the Spirit, you’ll GROW up.”

The reason some churches get into flakiness and silliness is that they don’t read their Bibles and just “try to hear the voice of the Spirit”, not realizing that the Holy Spirit will never contradict what He inspired to be written in the Bible. The entire Bible is a revelation from the Holy Spirit to you.  If people would just read the general revelation in the Word, they would not need to pray as much about specific revelation from the Holy Spirit.  For example, you don’t have to pray about whether it is God’s will for you to be healed of something, though many Christians waste their time doing so.  You don’t need a specific revelation from the Holy Spirit when the Bible already tells you that God’s will is for you to prosper and be in the health even as your soul prospers, and that God is the Lord Who Heals You, who heals all your diseases.  If you want to hear from God on that matter, read what the Bible says, because the entire Bible is God’s message to you!  If it’s not what church tradition says, pitch church tradition in the nearest dumpster and go with what the Bible says!

On the other hand, you can have a “dead Word-preaching church” where the doctrine is impeccable, the teaching is accurate, no stupid stuff is thrown on top of the real Gospel, but the Holy Spirit has no freedom to move and His gifts are not welcome or recognized. Some churches get so “seeker sensitive” that they basically bar the door to the Holy Spirit because they’re afraid people will get offended. Funny thing is, it’s only the religionists who ever got offended at what Jesus did by the Holy Spirit.  The people were happy to see signs, wonders, miracles and demonstrations of the Holy Spirit.  We’re happy to see them too, and we want the Holy Spirit to do things here.  “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”  (2 Corinthians 3:17)