… she said what? … or … test the spirits …

Dear friends, don’t believe all people who say that they have the Spirit. Instead, test them. See whether the spirit they have is from God, because there are many false prophets in the world.” (1 John 4:1, GW)

… it is believed that these words were written by the Apostle, Saint John, John the Evangelist – friend and companion of the Nazarene called Jesus; sometime late in his life, before he died circa 96 AD.   almost 1,920 yrs ago, John said ‘don’t believe all people who say that they have the Spirit’.

… and now, over 1,900 yrs later, we have countless ‘ministers, prophets, teachers, bishops, and apostles’ who all claim to have the ‘Holy Spirit’.  if there were false prophets in 96 AD, you can be sure that there are false prophets in 2015 AD.  so John goes on to write ‘test them.  See whether the spirit they have is from God…’

… NIV, NKJV, NRSV, ESV and others say ‘test the spirits’ while GW and NLT say ‘test them’, but the advise given is to conduct a test of some sort.

… and it is written that Jesus Himself said:

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15–20, ESV)

… so, how do you ‘test them’?

… in the second letter that Paul wrote to the young minister Timothy, known as 2 Timothy, Paul writes :

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17, ESV)

 … so the ‘tests’ are in the scriptures themselves.  do they believe what they claim to believe?

 “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:20–21, ESV)

… on the night that Jesus was betrayed, He borrowed an ‘upper room’ to have His Passover Seder with His disciples.  it was on that night that Jesus gave them the New Commandment – “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”” (John 13:34–35, ESV)

 “For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”” (Galatians 5:14, ESV)

… the other day, my homeless house guest and i went to the park where many homeless gather for food and clothing on the weekends.  i spent some time talking to one of the ‘good christians’ who was offering food about the homeless situation in our city and the fact that 85 people own half of everything on the planet, and if they would share – homelessness and starvation would not exist.

… she then went on to tell me that wealth was not the problem, and that ‘the spirit’ told her she could have the best of everything here on earth.

… i reminded her of the 15,000 + children that starve to death every single day, while greedy rich people who call themselves ‘pastors and teachers and prophets’ live like kings and fly around in their own airplanes.

prosperity-gospel… she then told me that wasn’t her problem, and added, ‘… even Jesus said you would have the poor with you always.’

… i asked her if she knew the rest of the verse that Jesus was quoting.  she said she didn’t, so i showed her,  “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” (Deuteronomy 15:11, ESV)

 … she then told me that the ‘spirit within her’ taught her that she is a child of the king and has the right to have everything good that this earth has to offer.  she then asked me THE question:  “do you have the baptism of the spirit?”

… all i needed to understand that i can live like a king, here and now, and not feel concern for the 15,000+ children who will starve to death today, was ‘the baptism of the spirit’ that she had, and then ‘it’ would tell me ‘not to worry about it’.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26, ESV)

… i reminder her of what the Jesus of the Bible said :  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:21–23, ESV)

… when i was a member of a ‘word/faith/prosperity gospel church’, i believed the lies.  i let the false spirit tell me that it was ok to own my own $1,500 coffee maker, in a world where so many are hurting.

i was wrong.

.. it didn’t pass the test.

… the test is ‘love’ …

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love,
I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains,
but have not love,
I am nothing.

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,
but have not love,
I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.”
(1 Corinthians 13:1–7, ESV)

Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.” (Luke 11:35, ESV)

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Author: orland

.. i was born into an average family in the mid-west of the United States of America. my parents were divorced when i was young. ... i have been fortunate to have experienced many things that only the rich get to see. i once stayed in the Presidential Suite of the Lai Lai Sheraton Hotel, in Taipei, Taiwan. this suite composed the top two floors of the Lai Lai, where my private room overlooked the city of Taipai. ... and i have spent time in the Federal Prison System of this country as well. ... i had a construction company on the road to 'success and prosperity' and fell pray to the lures of the American Christianity Syndrome. but thank the good LORD, He allowed it all to crash around me. ... now i am quite happy to be poor, relying only on Him ....