Today’s Bible Reading: 1 John 4: 1-6
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” Vs 1.
Christians are BELIEVERS!
But the Bible also counsels us to doubt certain things! Sometimes to doubt is better than to believe!
We Should Not Believe Everything!
A person who believes everything is gullible.
A thing cannot be considered correct just because you heard it on ‘Christian’ television. A thought cannot be accepted just because you heard it in church!
The great thing about the Bereans was they did not believe everything:
“They received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11)
Their belief was not gullibility. They believed. They were ready to receive the Word. But they avidly searched the Scripture for confirmation that the preacher was telling the truth.
We Cannot Believe Everyone!
A person who believes everyone is naïve.
It is bad enough going astray after our own erring ways. But there are those who follow others into error!
This is a trend in these last days:
“…There shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.” (2 Pet 2:1-2)
It is incredible that many shall follow them – but they will do so. Godly pastors are aware of the responsibility to lead the flock into truth.
We Must Not Believe Every spirit!
A person who believes every spirit is foolish.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
False spirits are liars. Satan is the father of lies.
“For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.” (Zec 10:2)
So how do we test the spirits? Verse 3 of our Reading today says we can believe those who confess the incarnation. Those who admit that Christ came in the flesh.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Mat 1:23)
Now that test is not so simple as it may appear, because today there is a kind of reverse incarnation being preached. The emphasis is on the flesh becoming God, rather than God becoming Man. That lie of Eden: “…Ye shall be as gods…” is the cry of every lying spirit!
Demonic activity reached a crescendo during Christ’s earthly ministry. He defeated it on the cross.
Demonic activity will increase in the last days. There will be an increase of lawlessness preparing the way for Antichrist.
In these last days:-
Do not be gullible! Don’t believe everything.
Do not be naïve! Don’t believe everyone.
Do not be a fool! Don’t believe every spirit.