I have often wondered how people view my leading through the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would lead them into all truth (John 16:13). Being led by the Holy Spirit is very subjective, and we have the right to question someone’s leading. Much has been written about discerning the leading of the Holy Spirit and I do not intend to provide an adequate discourse on such. Let me just say that the scriptures provide stern warning against claiming God has spoken when He has not. But a “leading” is not the same as “Thus says the Lord.” Those being led should recognize the difference. Although the leading is subjective and more easily open to misinterpretation, it should not be ignored as having little value. I recently read the following concern C. S. Lewis’s view :
(Referring to The Pilgrim’s Regress): Like many before him, Lewis chose to describe this philosophical quest in terms of a journey. He uses the image of a road leading to the mysterious Island, with badlands on either side. To the north lie objective ways of thinking based on reason; to the south, subjective ways based on emotion. The farther Jon departs from the central road, the more extreme these positions become.
It is clear that the relationship between reason and imagination is of critical importance to Lewis. The Pilgrim’s Regress defends rational thought against arguments based purely on feeling, yet refuses to accept an exclusively rational approach to faith. For Lewis, there has to be a position which reconciles reason and imagination, . . .” (C.S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet; Alister McGrath, © 2013, Chp 7, P. 171-172.)