In the weeks that followed I could not get that event out of my mind, still can't. Bob has been a believer, involved in churches both in worship and in Sunday schools for somewhere around 60 - 70 years. He has set under multiple pastors, teachers, and is currently watching several "teachers" on television. His experience with all of those teachers and preachers was to be told what he was supposed to think about the passages they were sharing. In his experience I was the only one that had asked him to interact with the passage and to think and exercise his gifts and to have the Spirit show him what the Word said. When I did that, he did not know how to respond. He had been trained over 60 - 70 years that he was supposed to be told what to believe.
Since he had not been asked to use either the gifts or leading of the Holy Spirit in his pursuit of truth, his ability to do that had atrophied. Made me mad. Still makes me mad. It is spiritual malpractice, bordering on abuse to not engage people in learning to dig into the Word for themselves. If we raised our children continually feeding them and not teaching them to feed themselves, we may have to answer to DHS, at least we would stunt their development as adults. Equipping our kids and others that God has brought into our orbit is the role that the Spirit lays out for pastors and teachers in Ephesians 4:11 - 16, among many other places. We are also told in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 that the purpose of the gifts we are given is to build up the body. We will not have to answer to DHS for this but to God.