Even when we hear God’s voice, things can still go wrong. The interaction of God’s revelation with our fallen humanity means there are few solid rules.
Back in the first century, it wasn’t normal for men and women to be friends. But with his radical new ethic of equality, Jesus changed that.
Learning to hear God’s voice takes time and our ability to recognise the voice of the Spirit improves with experience and practice.
Self-righteousness, condemnation and finger-pointing seem to have become the order of the day, and it’s all the more repugnant when cloaked in religiosity.
God’s voice is best heard within the safety and accountability of the church community. This is the pattern we see in the early church.
Intellect and faith are not mutually exclusive though they are often seen as kind of a see-saw, where having more of one means less of the other.