1 John 4:1 NIV “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.”
Ever discuss God’s word with someone who always talks about what it does not mean? “Well, it doesn’t mean this, or, “It’s not saying that.” Why is it they can’t simply rejoice over truth found in God’s word? Why is it they can’t accept the simplest truths? I’m talking about folks who claim to be Christians! Why does the truth always have to be debated or rationalized?
BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT OF GOD
1 John 4:4-6 KJV “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  THEY ARE OF THE WORLD: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  We are of God: HE THAT KNOWETH GOD HEARETH US; HE THAT IS NOT OF GOD HEARETH NOT US. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”
1 John 2:18-19 KJV “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that ANTICHRIST SHALL COME, even NOW ARE THERE MANY ANTICHRISTS; whereby we know that it is the last time.  They [antichrists] went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”
The Spirit of error can be very charming and persuasive. Many with this spirit know enough of the Bible to sound just like you and me. But they can never apply or fully accept God’s truths. No matter how good they sound they will not come into full agreement with what God says. They always contradict the Holy Spirit. They will always try to get you to see things from their point of view, and even use misapplied scripture passages to do so. Be careful of people like this.
Romans 16:17 KJV “Now I beseech you, brethren, MARK THEM WHICH CAUSE DIVISIONS AND OFFENCES CONTRARY TO THE DOCTRINE which ye have learned; and AVOID THEM.”
2 Timothy 3:5 NET “They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. So AVOID PEOPLE LIKE THESE.
Matthew 10:16 NIV “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
Jesus makes it clear that we are among ravenous wolves. So be careful and shrewd as snakes He says. Refuse to get dragged into debates and controversies over our doctrine. If people don’t accept God’s word when it’s presented to them so be it. You don’t have to wrestle all the time over doctrine with someone who has the spirit of truth, or with someone who is searching for the truth. But you can find yourself doing this to no avail with someone who has the spirit of error. They will only drag us down.
1 John 2:20-21,26-27 NIV “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.  I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because NO LIE COMES FROM THE TRUTH.  I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.  As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and YOU DO NOT NEED ANYONE TO TEACH YOU. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.”
Proverbs 9:7-9 NET “Whoever corrects a mocker is asking for insult; whoever reproves a wicked person receives abuse. Do not reprove a mocker or he will hate you; reprove a wise person and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise person, and he will become wiser still; teach a righteous person and he will add to his learning.”
Matthew 7:6 GNB “Do not give what is holy to dogs — THEY WILL ONLY TURN AND ATTACK YOU. Do not throw your pearls in front of pigs — they will only trample them underfoot.”
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