"It is one thing," said Henry Suso, "to hear for oneself a sweet lute, sweetly played, and quite another thing merely to hear about it."
And it is one thing, we may add, to hear truth inwardly for one's very self, and quite another thing merely to hear about it....
We are turning out from the Bible schools of this country year after year young men and women who know the theory of the Spirit-filled life but do not enjoy the experience. These go out into the churches to create in turn a generation of Christians who have never felt the power of the Spirit and who know nothing personally about the inner fire. The next generation will drop even the theory. That is actually the course some groups have taken over the past years.
One word from the lips of the man who has actually heard the lute play will have more effect than a score of sermons by the man who has only heard that it was played. Acquaintance is always better than hearsay. The Root of the Righteous, pp99-100, by A.W. Tozer
The Internet is filled with self-anointed preachers and teachers who promulgate a variety of doctrines that sadly do not chime with the true intent of God’s word to His children. The majority of these ersatz prophets merely present their version of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sadly, very little in depth study precedes their polemics. More importantly, in their haste to post their opinions and hopefully be viewed as being a spiritual giant, they never confer with the Holy Spirit for confirmation. In reality, they actually resist the Holy Spirit, being more concerned about what they believe is new-found knowledge.
Many also attempt to utilize knowledge and or wisdom that they do not possess based on the reality that it is God alone who provides specific Holy Spirit gifts to whomever He chooses according to His will.
We are inundated by a throng of these so-called Christian ‘super stars’ as is evident in the ‘electronic’ church, who are adored (and followed) by many in today’s religious arenas throughout America. These are the very individuals who are preaching the soothing gospel we are warned about in 2 Timothy 4:3-5.