Every time you think you’re receiving something from the Spirit, a word, and impression, a leading, a discernment, a call to action, or an understanding of “something new,” you must verify those via the written word of God, the Bible. “Wait!” You say… “Isn’t the Bible, the written Word of God, also subjective?” No, it’s not. Here’s why
The Bible is objectively the Word of God because it has objectively verifiable data which can be checked for its veracity. Just because it’s been interpreted or translated doesn’t mean it’s not objective. Those translations and interpretations have been based on objectively verifiable data and rules.
The canonization of scripture, how the Bible was put together, which books belong, etc., is also an objectively verifiable process. There may be disagreements regarding which books or letters belong in scripture, but those disagreements or conclusions must, and can be, verified objectively.
Whether or not you believe the data contained within the Bible doesn’t make it make it subjective. For, in the moment you say, “I don’t believe that,” you’ve objectified what you don’t believe.
I am not rejecting subjectivity within Christianity. Both objectivity and subjectivity are real and needed. I’m also not creating a false and unnecessary dichotomy between the two. Further, I’m not saying that I don’t want to be lead by the Spirit or that you shouldn’t be either. But, If how you’re being lead now contradicts how He has already led via His God-Breathed scriptures, then, no thanks.
I am saying that all things subjective must be submitted to the objective word of God. More simply put, if your subjective feelings, spiritual leadings, guidings, and discernments are not submitted to the propositional, written, and objective word of God, then there will always be the possibility that your revelations are the result of bad mushrooms on pizza instead of the knowledge that comes via Spiritual wisdom and understanding which comes through the scriptures. Colossians 1:9
My point is simply this: We must submit all of our subjective notions to the objective scriptures. Regardless of what you tell me the Spirit is telling you subjectively, I can not accept what you say until I verify it (as much as is possible) in the objective written scriptures.
A few questions:
Are we supposed to make our subjective spiritual notions objective?
Must we always verify what we think the Spirit is telling us by confirming it in the Bible?
Doesn’t subjective data remain in the realm of opinion until it’s made objective?