Three Ways to Test the Spirits

1 John 4:1-6, “1Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
 4You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”

The world’s definition of Christianity is a big umbrella that covers alot of things. God’s deffinition of a Christian is much more narrow. Between the two of them, there are some people who think they’re covered, but may actually be standing in the rain. Here we learn that not every spiritual encounter is for our benefit. Even in spiritual matters, there are still two sides to every issue. It raises the question, “What about the Christian churches whose stance on Jesus is a.) that he’s actually Gabriel, or b.) that he’s actually Satan’s brother, or c.) that he’s nothing more than a good example for when we become gods of our very own world?” This passage tells us that if they don’t acknowledge that Jesus Christ came in the flesh then they don’t have a spirit that comes from God. A second test is whether or not the world listens to them. Finally, they are challenged as to the things the Bible tells us. If they don’t listen to us, they’re not from God.

I know the concept is frightening, but it’s nothing new. In the book of Revelation, one of the churches has to contend with a synagogue of satan. It looks right, but it really belongs to the enemy. If this is your church, you must test it. If this is your church, you must not believe what they say. What is true will ring through the veil of lies. Can a church that doesn’t believe God or believe in God be saved? I don’t know, but I do know it’s members can be saved by the truth.

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