How can we tell if we are hearing the truth or a lie?
The book of 1 John verses 1-4 give us an excellent overview of how we should test the spirit of what or whom we are up against. If you are saved, the spirit of truth is within you. That is usually how we receive the alarm. When we are being told something that is not biblical our spirit can hit the alarm. But that can be misleading unless we put the idea or teaching to the spiritual test.
Here is a good teaching by John McArthur that will help you understand if you are dealing with a spirit of error that is from the devil or the spirit of truth, which only comes from God.
The bottom line is that if the message, sermon or written word you are reading or listening to does not conform to the written Word it is empowered by the spirit of Error. The work of the devil. The author of all lies and confusion.
When listening to a message the answer is 1 John 1-4.
1John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try (test) the spirits to see if they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1John 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God;
1John 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the antichrist you heard is coming, and even now is already in the world.
1John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and you have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Testing for the spirit of truth or error is also called discernment. Caryl Matrisciana explains the discernment of spirits from her Hindu upbringing. She was raised in India and then moved to England. Along the way the Lord saved her soul and life from the chaos and lies of Eastern mysticism or the new spirituality. He saved her from eternal damnation.
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My friend, Are you confident where you are going to spend eternity when this all ends? There is an end for all of us some day. Some of us maybe today.
There is only one way to know we are saved and be assured– Ask our Father in heaven in Jesus Christs’ name in prayer today!
Are You Saved from damnation,the eternal fate of so many? Are you sure? Ask Him. Find out and be assured.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
When we ask the Lord, in Jesus Christ’s name, He assures us with His peace and understanding. If for any reason you question your salvation, go to a quiet place, alone, and talk to Jesus. Repent of your sins and commit your life to Him. Then go to a bible believing church and get baptized.
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By studying the word—we can identify the spirits of error and live in truth.