Having attended a number of churches, at least one of which claimed to be 'non-denominational,' I have been subjected to listening to this teaching, which I have seen used to try to convince people that they should completely ignore all their feelings, whether they be feelings of physical or emotional pain or of joy, and simply adhere to the teachings of the Bible regardless. At worst, this means someone feeling terrible pain and sickness being told they have been healed by the stripes of Yeshua and just to thank Him for that without changing anything else in their lives.

One scripture I've heard quoted to support such a reading is:

For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Cor 5.7)

I'm just wondering if anyone knows of any others and furthermore, if anyone knows of any examples of the reasoning from the scriptures used by people who claim to believe the Bible and read it in this way.


So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Jeremiah 17:9

As Christians we should not base our faith on how we feel that day because, as it says in Jeremiah 17, and as we all know, our feelings are fickle and deceptive. We should base our faith upon the Word of God and the promises that God makes in it.

As far as I have come to know, many charismatic churches use people's feelings to basically get them to give up large sums of money. What you describe, I have never really seen. However, it is Biblical not to rely on your feelings, but only on the solid Rock, Jesus Christ.

  • @GeorgeTomlinson brother, I'm not sure you finished your thought there... I don't understand.
    – jlaverde
    Mar 28 '14 at 15:37
  • What about the woman who had the issue of blood which was stopped when she touched Yeshua: 'Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.' Does this not show at least that what people feel can be an accurate indication of what has really happened, if not that what they feel is always an accurate indicator? Mar 28 '14 at 15:40
  • Thanks for your answer. To be honest, my reading of the first scripture is that it says nothing about whether or not feelings agree with The Word of God. In response to the second scripture, I would point out that a) it could be that this refers to the state of men's hearts before The New Covenant was established, which has surely changed that situation for those who enter into it and continue to walk in it b) in reference to their experience with Yeshua on the road to Emmaus, the disciples mentioned that their hearts burned within them, by which they should have known it was Yeshua talking. Mar 28 '14 at 16:17
  • The latter is clear evidence that the feelings experienced within the heart agree with The Word of God, rather than oppose it. Mar 28 '14 at 16:18
  • I get into my reading of the scriptures you've quoted because you do the same, but that is against the agenda of the people in charge of this website, whom I don't seek to offend if I can help it. You have provided sciptures as requested though: thanks for that. Mar 30 '14 at 10:15

These are some verses used as you described;

2 Corrinthians 4;18

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Hebrews 11;1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

There are several other verses similar to these. A verse often overlooked is James 2;20

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead.

Hebrews 11 gives examples of people who have overcome by faith.

The example of the woman with the issue of blood clearly makes the point of James. She acted on her faith, she didn't stand idly in the crowd.

As for our emotions, they to are a result of some action.


I can't speak for every church but, what comes to mind here for me, and i hope it answers this question is.

Romans 8:5-8 5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

When it talks about the mind here it is the word phroneó when used in the context of romans 8:5 and 6 i found this definition, to direct one's mind to a thing, to seek or strive for; to seek one's interests or advantage; to be of one's party, side with him, Which is why i like the niv translation of being governed by the flesh or governed by the spirit. Now in ancient times emotions were thought to come from the heart, we now know they come from the brain (or maybe the stomach we have gut feelings). If we consider that the brain is a part of our flesh than we can begin to see that emotions are also a product of our flesh. Now although physical feelings like fire being hot, or whether we are sick or not are very beneficial, emotion is a little different. Acting from anger, sadness, fear or even happiness can have huge negative impacts on our lives and are an example of being governed by the flesh.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Although most people think of things like Joy and peace as emotions they are something totally different, and are given to us by the spirit. Those who are governed by the spirit live there lives from those fruits and not from the circumstantial emotions of the flesh. I hope that is clear enough to understand.

  • Well thanks for your reply. I mean I disagree with the idea that we are supposed to ignore feelings, but I'll probably leave it at that for now ha, except to clarify that when I say feelings, I'm not just talking about emotions, but also physical feelings, such as sickness or physical pain for example. Jun 10 '20 at 11:51

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