We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit,
whose indwelling enables the Christian
to live a godly life.
"Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God
unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh,
but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7 You should not be surprised at my saying,
You must be born again.
8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound,
but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
But you will receive powerwhen the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and spoke the word of God boldly.
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh
but are in the realm of the Spirit,
if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.
And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,
They do not belong to Christ.
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things
that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness,
and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
So I say, walk by the Spirit,
and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit,
and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.
They are in conflict with each other,
so that you are not to do whatever you want.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
The Spirit's ministry identifies God within us
His guidance, Her care for all people,
whether nominally Christian or not.
With such divine indwelling in and around us,
the prescriptions of the Religious Life fade away.
We are left with the reality of divinity
to hear His whisper, feel Her touch;
know the wonder of mystery,
untenable but real.
Of course such an open approach is not accepted
by those who hold the reigns of Christianity,
or are committed to the religious pathway,
where such ministry is confined
to the followers of Christ.
Those who adhere to
the set doctrine.