1 John 4:1 Beloved, 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.
We are warned in this text to NOT believe everything we hear. Just because someone says I am a Bishop, Prophet, Pastor, Bible Teacher, Theologian, Scholar, etc. does not necessarily means that they are teachers of Sound Doctrine.
Doctrine= didaché in the greek and is defined as teaching, doctrine, that which is taught.
If what you are being taught about God and His Word can not be verified by God's written Word in His "Holy Bible", my advise to you is "refuse to eat and believe it." We are warned in this scripture about false prophets who have gone out into the world to deceive many.
People of God, we are being warned on today that there is a spirit of truth and a spirit of error that has found it's place in our world and the only way to discern what is truth and what is not truth is to use God's Word in the Bible as your base of truth.
Everything that we want to know about life and living is found in the Word of God. We were not created by God to figure out life on our own. God has given us His manual to live by called the "Bible" and we must use it if we are not to be deceived by false teaching.
People of God, you must make sure that what you are being taught biblically is from the Word of God and not man's opinions, ideas, theories, suggestions, etc.
In these evil days in which we live, the enemy is more crafty and deceitful than ever before. We are reminded of these words in Matthew 24:24- For false christ and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
The goal of the "antichrist" is to deceive us (believers, people of God) too. No, we are not exempt from the deceptive thoughts and actions of our adversary. I know without a doubt that satan will use anyone or anything he can to cause us to believe his lies verses God's truth.
People of God, it is time to dig deep into the "TREASURES" of God's Word where the ONLY truth about life and living is found.
THERE IS NO OTHER GOSPEL!
To his son in the faith, Timothy, the Apostle Paul instructed him in 2 Timothy 3:14-17-Keep on being faithful to what you were taught and to what you believed. After all, you know who taught you these things. 15 Since childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise enough to have faith in Christ Jesus and be saved. 16 Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. 17 The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.
In his chastisement to the church at Galatia for their turning away from "sound doctrine" to false teaching, the Apostle pose this question to them in Galatians 3:1-You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.
In other words, Paul is asking them "who has tricked you into believing a lie that there is another "Gospel"? I have taught you and you have heard the one and only true Gospel about Jesus Christ and HIm crucified and resurrected, so, what is your problem?
The problem with the church at Galatia was that they were starting to believe the lies of "false teachers who had crept into the church after Paul had left.
The Triune God is the Author and Finisher of Gospel truth and our faith. He is the ultimate "Teacher" where Gospel Doctrine is concerned.
It is the Lord our God who desires to make Himself known to us through His Word and the leading of His Holy Spirit.
Our God, the God in Heaven is the ONLY source of sound Biblical Doctrine.
People of God, the warning to us on today is "WE CAN NOT" afford to believe ANYTHING that we hear, biblically, that can not be verified through Scripture.
CHECK THE BOOK! Everything we need to know, every question we can possibly come up with or imagine in our finite mind has an answer in the Word of God.
Scripture declares that God knows our every thought. He created us so therefore, He know! This tells me that God placed in his Word for us, an answer to whatever it is we need to know. Our part is to search the scripture! Pray for revelation, understanding and discernment.
People of God, today is the day to stand for truth and against the lies of the enemy who attempts to distort the truth of God's Word.
Your take away today from this message is "YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR"!
WHY? Our eternal destination depends on what we hear and how we respond to that which we have heard .
Today is the day to go against the current of false teaching and hold fast to the truth of God's Word that is found in His bible.
People of God, the truth has been laid before you on today. What you choose to do with it is up to you for I have done and said what the Lord, through the leading of His Holy Spirit, wanted me to say to you all in this hour in which we live.
How do we know if the Spirit is of God or not? VS# 2-3 of this text helps us. Let's listen:By this you know and recognize the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges and confesses [the fact] that Jesus Christ has [actually] come in the flesh [as a man] is from God [God is its source]; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus [acknowledging that He has come in the flesh, but would deny any of the Son’s true nature] is not of God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is now already in the world.
We can not afford to believe everything we hear because the "ANTICHRIST" is among us.
PEOPLE OF GOD, TEST THE SPIRIT!