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Question and Answer

Sometimes my feelings and inner impressions about an issue are at odds with the clear teaching of the Bible. What am I to do?
Every believer in Christ has probably experienced this at one time or another. We are to trust the clear teaching of God’s Word and not our impressions! The supreme standard and ultimate authority for Christian thinking, living, and dying is the Bible and not our feeling (Deut. 6:6–9; Ezra 7:10; Matt. 4:1–11; 2 Tim. 3:16–17). Feelings come and go; they can be easily provoked and manipulated, and they are woefully inadequate as standard for living. Stand by faith on God’s Word, and you will discover the truth of the words of the hymn: “How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in His excellent Word.”

BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely (B.A., D.Min. Trinity International University; M.A. Wheaton) is currently working towards an advanced research degree in Old Testament at the University of Bristol, England. He is an ordained minister of the Gospel and a full-time professor of hermeneutics, homiletics, and pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at Moody, Winfred served churches in the City of Chicago and is currently interim pastor of the Judson Baptist Church in Oak Park, IL. He brings to his ministry a global perspective, having served as a missionary/pastor in Senegal, West Africa for nine years. He is also involved in a global equipping ministry, speaking and conducting workshops and training events at churches and conferences in the US and abroad. He and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. He takes acting classes from time to time and is an ardent fan of science fiction films such as Star Wars and Star Trek.

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