Experience is crucial to all religion, but in Christianity it must be prompted by the Word of God, accompany and follow faith, not precede it, and always be subject to correction by Scripture. Scripture, not experience, is the norm for our faith. In the articles of the Apostles’ Creed, for example, we cannot simply exchange “I experience” for “I believe.” The effect of belief must not be confused with its content and ground.
Bavinck, Herman ; Bolt, John ; Vriend, John: Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 1: Prolegomena. Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Academic, 2003, S. 499.