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Monday, August 17, 2009

TEST THE SPIRITS: STUDY IN 1 JOHN 4:1

Hello All,

Please take the time to read a very important breakdown of 1st John 4:1 on testing the spirits by Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries. I'm afraid that far too many of us do not do this and can be lead down any and every road, but the straight and narrow. I was the epitome of this in years past, having followed, read, did "Bible studies" by...you name it, I did it and thought it was legit because they talked about Jesus some and occasionally used a Bible verse. As you will see this is does not always make it the real deal. The demons will acknowledge Jesus and can quote scripture. Please listen to Scripture on this very important topic.

-Chris



TEST THE SPIRITS: STUDY IN 1 JOHN 4:1

Dear 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. (1 John 4:1)

Reality Check: Do Not Just Believe Everything You Hear About God

Truthfully—if I might be allowed that term—the only way we will have any real effect on those around us in pagan postmodern America, and in helping our young people see through this smokescreen of relativism, is to pray fervently for the Lord to help us. Frankly nothing else we do will be of much use without seeking God in prayer, because we cannot convert anyone, no matter how brilliant we may think we are; and no matter how much we personally believe with all our heart that our cherished opinions are true.

This critical lack of proper Biblical understanding is exactly what’s missing in the man-centered pragmatism of the whole seeker sensitive Church Growth Movement, and particularly in the warped Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism central to the egregiously ecumenical Emerging Church aka Emergent Church—currently morphing into Emergence Christianity—(EC), which people tend to forget is itself an off-shoot of that Church Growth Movement.

And from where I sit the Purpose Driven Church ala Rick Warren and the EC ala Rob Bell have been allowed by Christ into His visible church as 1 Peter 4:17 judgments for our being content in attempting to do a spiritual job by our own natural means. Anyone who reads the Gospels and the Book of Acts should come away with the incontrovertible fact that it is God the Holy Spirit Who’s the One Who convicting of sin, and being the Source of power for the supernatural life of the Christian; it’s also God the Holy Spirit Who is actually the One to convert someone to Christ.

Our text undoubtedly tells us do not believe every spirit, which is why as a Christian I must then test the spirits; whether I want to do this or not. Which brings us to the other thing we had best be doing as this spiritual darkness grows, and that is to really learn how to handle the Sword of the Spirit—which is the Word of God. Just like our Master Christ Jesus did, we need to let those around us know what God has said. Just as we hear our Lord say in Matthew 4:4, now it’s our time to tell others — “It is written.” And more importantly the time has now arrived where we ourselves must do what is written.

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