you make it sound too simple to 'walk with the Holy spirit'.
The problem is that is it very easy to make up some un-truth and then claim/believe it came 'into your mind and heart' from the Holy spirit.
As an example, the famous Dr.Charlton believes that Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, was a true prophet. Supposedly 'Holy spirit' told him that.
However, my own connection with Holy spirit tells me that Joseph Smith was a false prophet, with all that follows from this regarding Mormonism.
So necessarily, at least one of us' 'Holy spirit' is broken in a bad way. Clearly both cannot be true at the same time. And this is not a trivial matter, it is a matter of accepting or rejecting Mormonism.
So how are we going to find out which 'Holy spirit' is true in the style of 'Romantic Christianity'? Pistols at dawn?
The core of what I am saying is that most people are not ready to walk with the Holy spirit alone. They are still too attached to their own favourite un-truths and will thus attribute these lies they believe to Holy spirit, which is sacrilegous and will lead them astray.
Listening properly to Holy spirit needs the person to be quite advanced on a spiritual path. That means that what you call 'Romantic Christianity' is a path for precious few people. It not a path for masses and it certainly is not a path for those who so much love it.
Good points. Got me thinking. I responded with the following:
I may be wrong, but your question seems of the devil’s advocate variety to me. Anyway, short and simple answer, as I understand things – Jesus provided us with the Holy Spirit to hear his call and freely accept his gift of Heaven and eternal life. The Holy Spirit is primarily available to guide us toward our individual salvation -- and at the end of the day, all salvation is individual – all salvation *just is* “not alone, but with the Holy Spirit” -- yes, and this also applies to salvation within church frameworks. Whether people accept it or not, they are and have always been walking alone with the Holy Spirit when it comes to matters of salvation, even when they choose to delegate some of the responsibility to an external spiritual authority. On top of that, they have always had to assume personal responsibility for their salvation, either within or outwith church frameworks. Having said that, I believe Jesus makes it easy to walk alone with the Holy Spirit, and it is we that complicate matters with our untruths (as you point out).
Longer answer to address your other points: Traditional Christian frameworks are supposed to help guide individuals toward salvation. Historically, they have done this. And to some extent, they still do this today. Traditional Christian frameworks provide added assistance for people to “go it alone” with the Holy Spirit, but at the end of the day, each individual is still going it alone, regardless of whether they believe that to be true or not.
The problem today is that many traditional Christian frameworks have been infiltrated and subverted; thus, the "safer" path to salvation is not as safe as it may have been in the past. This is a major problem facing conventional Christians (though I suspect very few are actually fully aware of the problem).
With this in mind, I don't think any individual can have an untruth connection with the Holy Spirit. I believe the Holy Spirit only connects with truth and does not connect with untruth. A person may attribute untruths to the Holy Spirit, but when they do, they are not speaking from their divine selves but rather some false self or other.
Since each of us is unique, we will inevitably have widely varying paths toward salvation. Believers will hear the call, but they will ultimately approach it in different ways.
The knowledge and guidance the Holy Spirit provides us individually -- assuming our questions and motivations are of the right kind -- will help align our individual “truths” with the Truth, based on "personality", personal circumstances, experiences, consciousness, choices, etc.
Our discernment to follow a certain set of doctrines or traditions or "go-it-alone" help to shape rather than determine the "success" of our salvation.
After we have made the choice to follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit will provide the guidance needed to attain salvation within the chosen framework. If the framework doesn't work, we could make another choice, and the Holy Spirit will respond accordingly -- as long as our motivation to follow Jesus to Heaven and life everlasting remains sincere and earnest!
With this in mind, I don't believe the Holy Spirit communicates much when it comes to denominational, sectarian, doctrinal matters. I believe this is more a matter of personal discernment. An individual who declares that his connection to the Holy Spirit is the *only* one is probably not communicating with the Holy Ghost but rather drawing on some aspect of doctrine or dogma. This approach reveals a "mass production" attitude toward salvation, when salvation is really more about the individual and the Holy Spirit custom-creating something tailor-made for the individual. And this applies to church-based frameworks as well. Note, I said the individual and the Holy Spirit, not the individual alone.
Thus, if following Mormonism helps an individual find a way to believe on Jesus and follow Him to eternal life and Heaven, then it is true for that individual, and I am glad for him. If following Catholicism or any other denomination helps an individual find a way to believe on Jesus and follow Him to eternal life and Heaven, then it is also true, and I am glad for him. If "going it alone" helps an individual believe on Jesus and accept everlasting life and Heaven, then this is also true, and I am glad for him.
Concerning "the advanced spiritual path", the Holy Spirit may provide individuals on such a path with knowledge and guidance concerning theosis, but once again, only if the individual's motivations are sincere and earnest.
I could have said much more on the subject, but it's probably best to leave the matter there for now.