The Worst Advice You Could Ever Give Someone


In ?Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot? Sting sings:

Let your soul be your pilot
Let your soul guide you
He’ll guide you well

Some of you may remember ?The Land Before Time” (1988). In it Littlefoot’s mother says: ?Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.?

And Steve Jobs said: ?Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.?

Follow your heart.

That?s the worst advice you could ever give anyone. That assumes that our heart is the ultimate authority in our lives. That our heart won?t mislead us. That our heart knows what is best and right and true. But for believers in Jesus, we know, or eventually come to know, that our hearts are flawed and deceptive, and that lots of bad stuff can come out of them. That?s why God gives us his Word. Kevin DeYoung says:

?On every matter in which the Bible means to speak, the last word goes to Scripture, not to councils or to catechisms or to science or to human experience, but to the word of God.?

Psalm 138:2 says:

You have exalted above all things
your name and your word. PS 138:2

God?s word is above all other authorities. It gets ?the last word.? So…

If Science tells us the universe came into being by a Big Bang and was not created by God speaking it into existence, then Science is wrong (and many scientists believe in creationism)

If Science tells us that man evolved from monkeys and not created by God out of dust then breathing life into man, Science is wrong (again, many scientists believe God created man).

If culture tells us that it?s ok for men and women to have sexual relations outside of marriage, then our culture is wrong.

If our culture tells us we?re all born basically good and our main problem isn?t that we sin and incur God?s wrath, but we just need more self-esteem, then our culture is wrong.

And even if the church tells you that you must be a conservative or a liberal or you must home school or send to Christian school or you must or must not vaccinate, then that church is wrong.

When I was a young Christian I heard someone say the following and it has helped me immeasurably over the years:

God said it. I believe it. That settles it.

First of all if God said it, it?s true, whether I believe it or not. But for Christians, we must believe God?s word. We must accept it by faith, whether we feel it or not. That settles it. End of story. We don?t let our hearts guide us, but God?s word. Our circumstances may scream that God has forsaken us. But Jesus said he?d never leave us nor forsake us. So I believe it. That settles it.

Don?t let your soul guide you. Don?t let your heart or intuition be your final authority. Let the Word of God, be the final word in your life.

God said it. I believe it. That settles it.

NOTE: I preached a message on this topic yesterday. It’s called “Breathed Out by God.” If you would like to listen to?it you can hear it here.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.