by Beverly Barnett
Thursday, August 15
We Must Try the Spirits
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world,” 1 John 4:1.
False prophets are not the same as false preachers. A false prophet predicts a false future. For example, there is a religion that has prophets in their leadership roles. They are high ranking, make the rules, carry out discipline, and predict the future. They are false prophets. The Bible clearly states that the prophets were until John, meaning John the Baptist. (See Matthew 11:13; Luke 16:16.) These men and women deceive many and are not guided by the one true Spirit. They predict that people will get better and better and this will eventually lead to Heaven on earth. This doctrine is totally opposite to what the Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:1-3.
That is why this warning in our Bible reading today is so relevant in our time. There are so many false teachers, preachers and so called prophets proclaiming lies, and thousands believe them. They sound good, give false hope, but in the end it will not happen.
It is vitally important, that we not only try the spirits, we must judge them by what the Bible says. The Bible is our guide to faith and practice. But, the Bible will not jump in our head and heart just by being in our house lying on a table. We must open the Bible and study the treasures of knowledge it contains. We must hide its truths in our heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
REFLECTION: Biblical knowledge is power, especially,
when false teachers, preachers or prophets speak.