[quote=Lorarose]I’ve come across an interesting problem with a person who claims to receive guidance directly from the Holy Spirit.
This person claims the Spirit has directly contradicted Church teaching regarding…primacy of Peter, Real Presence, Marian teachings, and even the definition of “church” in scriptures as meaning the catholic church.
So of course…this individual claims he ought to “listen to the Spirit” rather than listen to the teachins of “men”
I thought it would be interesting to challenge him with some of the mystical revelations given to our saints through the Spirit.
I have Faustina’s diary…and Story of a Soul by St. Therese.
I wanted to know your suggestions regarding revelations by the Spirit to saints that support Church teaching.
Hey look, I know this link is long, but this is just what you need. Granted, it is written for priests, but still helps one discern whether a spirit is from above or not. Much of what you may need could be down further so scan the headlines. It gets into signs that priests look for and one of those signs is compatibility with church teaching, not questioning it.
What your friend is saying is a clear sign to me that the revelations or charisms he is having are not Divine and possibly diabolical. The Holy Spirit guides the teaching institution - the Magisterium, and the Papacy and any spirit telling him of a contradiction is a really bad sign. If I were him, I would hi-tail it to a priest and share these “contradictions”. Hopefully, he is only hearing his own voice, and not that of the devil himself.
In fact, if this person is Catholic, I’d offer to drive him to a confessor myself.
EDIT: Oops! Didn’t notice your post that he doesn’t believe in confession, or anything else that is Catholic.
From my position, he’s in serious danger with his thought patterns.
EDIT again: Here’s the link on discerning spirits from the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross. These priests are defenders of the faith and magisterium.