What is the deal with the continuing Holy Spirit debate? Is it all that essential? First of all it is a he....and yes, he is most essential.
I understand the fear of the topic. The church has received adequate propaganda over the years to intentionally misguide the church from this entity. You see, the Holy Spirit is the presence of God in Spirit form. He shows up no other way. He is Spirit.
If Satan can convince the church through its very own doctrine to deny the existence of God among itself.....then guess who wins? The church without the Holy Spirit is the church without God while shouting from the rooftops it is God's church.....it's just that evidently He can't attend it.
What will the Holy Spirit do? Whatever God does. Scary? Hardly! The Word is very clear; he gives us the ability to be patient instead of panic, loving instead of snippy, a controlled calm rather than a hand-wringing fret, etc. The Holy Spirit wants to do all the good things for us that we all want; yet, we opt for trying to do it on our own because we are afraid of......God?
The Holy Spirit is God. He is Spirit and He is Holy. We have mistakenly jumped the faith track to deadening religion. We have become religious. Religion doesn't need the Holy Spirit. It can chart its course by attendance and performance. The Spirit, though, cannot be understood by the fleshly mind.
To disbelieve the Holy Spirit activity for and among us is the lazy man's move. It has always been easier to trust what we can see; not what we can't. Thus, we assume we are not going to be caught as foolish by believing in something invisible like.......God. Bad move. Costly move.
The church will one day apologize to God for harboring a doctrine foreign to His will. Possibly we will turn back before such is necessary. Maybe we can open the very Word the Holy Spirit delivered us and regain our composure. The Spirit of God surely is important among us.
If you struggle believing this, just read the Bible. It will encourage you to accept his activity among us.