Ah, today I received another brotherhood quarterly railing against those of us who teach the biblical doctrine of the Holy Spirit working directly in a believer's life. It's frustrating. I've had dialog with this particular writer. While he steadfastly holds up the Word, he just as steadfastly denies any who interpret the Word differently than he. He assumes any who don't agree with his interpretation simply don't go by the Bible. Regardless of how I assure him I base my faith in the operation of the Holy Spirit to be based on the scriptures the Holy Spirit inspired, he will not accept it.
In his writings are several digs, insults, and misrepresentations. If not careful this can get under our skin. However, if the Holy Spirit is operating in our lives one of the things God insists He does from within us is bear His fruit. Allow Him to do so we must; especially in potentially pressing and irritating situations.
Therefore, we must relax. The writer who opposes my stance is just as weak as I am. He may be better versed in some scriptures. He most likely is more experienced in study and is certainly more extensively traveled. However, he is only a man who is quite capable of error as am I. My role is not to fight with his debate; but rather continue to study and believe the Living God as far as my understanding and conscience will extend. The Truth is to be known and we know no infallible teacher. He and I surely have valuable content to present. Each of us surely has taught mistaken concepts and found good reason to adjust.
Whether you are insulted or attacked, don't flinch. Don't rush to war. Don't even break a sweat. Go back to the Bible. If it still says what you thought it did, keep on believing it. If you realize you need to make adjustment, do so. But don't panic because a brother barks at you. He, too, has enough flaws to be railed against. You just don't happen to write a quarterly. Just relax. Love those who love you and love those who insist on pressing. God still owns the vineyard.