BELOVED, DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY SPIRIT.
Test the spirits, for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. This was the loving warning of the apostle Paul. But, how do we test the spirits?
A false prophet is one who proclaims false teaching; therefore we must first examine the teaching of those who claim to have the truth. This is a primary message of the New Testament. False prophets, led by demonic spirits or by their own imaginations, teach false doctrine, including false spiritual practices.
God alone can judge a heart. So let us refrain from judging persons. But we must judge biblically. We are commanded to judge the teaching of those who hold themselves out as teachers and prophets.
But it is not always easy to discern false teaching, so we have another test: the spiritual practices of the prophets. This is an important message of the Old Testament. False prophets teach false ways—that is, occult ways—to find and know God. Occult ways also seem good for wisdom and can deceive sincere, well-intentioned people, including Christians who do not understand occult spirituality.
Therefore, beloved, learn how to test the spirits!
Note added May, 2010: WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THE LORD. Baruch House Publishing has undertaken a new project, to update and republish the Matthew Bible (1537). More information, and very interesting articles, are at our New Matthew Bible Project website
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Table of Contents
Chapter 4 - True Light, or False?
Chapter 9 - Visions, Siddhis and the Priesthood of the Magus
Chapter 15 - The Pursuit of Prophetic Authority