And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts
— 2 Peter 1:19

A firm grip on biblical doctrine has repeatedly been threatened by a kind of Christian empiricism, which causes us to consider our own experiences as being more credible than God's words in the Bible. Therefore, to say doctrine matters more than experience is to say that the Truth revealed in God’s objective Word alone is authoritative regarding all matters of the Christian life, and that our subjective personal experiences simply are not authoritative.

This is not at all to say that our experiences have no place in the Christian's life and theology or that certain experiences are not truly from God. In fact, the person who professes faith yet never feels genuine emotion related to what he or she believes or never senses encouragement due to the Spirit’s activity in their life, likely, isn’t a Christian. Believers can be confident that they will observe answered prayer and will certainly have times in life when they are particularly marked in memorable ways by God's apparent involvement. No doubt, it is possible to perceive His provision, protection, and His work of sanctification. While we may accurately observe or sense these things, it is also possible that we misinterpret them as just well. Therefore, it is important that we properly submit our experiences to what the Bible reveals for approval and agreement, reconciling our spiritual experiences with the unchanging Word of God, not God’s Word with our subjective experiences.