Testing the Spirits (John MacArthur) (Selected Scriptures)

I need you to open your Bible, if you’ll,to 1 John chapter four, 1 John chapter four, and i want to learn to you a component to Scripturethat is immediately applicable to the subject at hand. First John chapter four, let me read the opening8 verses. "loved – " cherished " – don’t suppose everyspirit, however scan the spirits to peer whether or not they’re from God, seeing that many false prophetshave long gone out into the arena. Through this you recognize the Spirit of God: everySpirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and each spiritthat does now not confess Jesus, isn’t from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of whichyou have heard that it’s coming, and now it’s already in the world. You might be from God, little children, and haveovercome them; in view that higher is He who’s in you, than he who’s in the world. They’re from the sector; consequently they speakas from the world, and the world listens to them.We’re from God; he who is aware of God listensto us; he who just isn’t from God does no longer listen to us. Through this we all know the Spirit of actuality and thespirit of error. "liked, allow us to love one a further for loveis from God; and each person who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does no longer love, does now not know God,for God is love." I need to draw you again to verse 1, "Testthe spirits." A mandate, a command from the apostle John,"scan the spirits." "Spirits" meaning "people," persons."scan," dokimaz, a time period utilized in metallurgyto investigate the purity of metal. Experiment the people, whether or not they be human orwhether they be angelic. Test the humans. We are reminded to do this additionally in 1 Thessalonians5:21-22, "now not despise prophesying. However to examine – " and the same phrase is used,to test what we’re listening to. That is critical. It’s primary when you consider that satan exists, and becausedemons exist, and in view that they function a kingdom of lies that dominates the sector. Devil is the god of this world, the princeof the energy of the air, the ruler of non secular darkness in heavenly places, and he has beenallowed to run free on this world, going about as a roaring lion, searching for who he maydevour.He and his dealers are disguised as angelsof gentle, consistent with the apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthians. And we will have to not be amazed that Satanoperates ninety nine percent of the time in false faith, in lies and deception. Satan is not the one at the back of the wretched, corrupt,sinful habits of any given society. The flesh takes care of that. Devil is at the back of the corrupt faith, thefalse systems of notion. It’s quite main to recognize that. For a second, flip to 2 Corinthians chapter10, 2 Corinthians chapter 10. Individuals speak about religious conflict with regardto devil and demons and i feel more commonly they get it unsuitable. They give you the idea that we’re supposedto be chasing satan round.I take into account being at a Pastors’ Conferenceone time and a distinguished individual church and the pastor acquired as much as the pastor’sconference with a couple of thousand guys and he mentioned, "Let’s pray," and the first phrases outof his mouth have been, "devil, we bind you." and that i just about fell over. What? "let us pray," and the primary word is "satan"and he’s speakme to the devil, telling the devil what he can or are not able to do? Probably he thinks that non secular battle, and maybehe thinks he has the vigour to do this. That’s a delusion. Religious warfare is described in 2 Corinthians10:3 with these phrases, "The weapons of our war," so now we know we’re talking aboutwarfare, speakme about weapons. They’re "not of the flesh," that is they’renot human. We’re "in the flesh" in the sense verse 3says that we’re human. When it says "we walk within the flesh," now not talkingabout sin however, just speakme about being human, we can’t struggle, nonetheless, "in line with the flesh." Our weapons cannot be human.It are not able to be ingenuity, cleverness. It are not able to be anything concocted via man, nomatter how noble our desires. We can’t battle this war with human weapons. It takes much more than that. They need to be, in keeping with verse 4, "divinelypowerful." They have to be divinely strong. We’re engaged in a religious battle which cannotbe fought with human weapons, regardless of how noble, and good-conceived, and well-craftedwe might feel they are. Why? Since we have to be engaged, finish of verse 4,within the "destruction of fortresses." And the imagery here is that human weaponsare no fit for a colossal fortress. The word "fortress" manner precisely you wouldthink it meant in the historic world, a "stone edifice," impregnable.Incidentally, the phrase for "fortress" is theword for "prison." We’re assaulting formidable edifices. We can’t use pea shooters. We are not able to use human weapons. What are these fortresses? At the finish of verse 4, the "destruction offortresses," the opening of verse 5, "we’re destroying speculations," in the NAS. The fortresses are outlined in the next verse,destruction of fortresses, destruction of speculations. The Greek word there’s logismos, ideas, ideologies,theories, viewpoints, notion methods, psychologies, philosophies, religions. That is what we’re engaged in in spiritualwar. It’s a battle for the way individuals consider. It can be a combat for the mind. It can be no longer about chasing satan away. It’s no longer about going for walks off demons. That’s not inside the purview of our competencies. Ours is a warfare for the intellect. Why? Seeing that the sector is imprisoned in beliefsystems. They are fortified there within the feel thatthey are impregnable of their ideologies. Those fortifications in which they live becometheir prisons and end up their tombs. And the architect of all of these fortificationsis none rather then satan himself.He’s the father of lies. He is the arch-deceiver. He’s the superb angel of light. And he purveys his nice work via falsebelief techniques. In fact, they are further defined – look backat verse 5 – as "every lofty factor raised up against the abilities of God." What does that imply? Each excessive concept, every apparently noble notion,mental proposal, excellent perception, whatever and everything that’s raised up as an ideology- pay attention cautiously – towards, "towards the capabilities of God." people are fortified in programs which might be anti-God. They’re anti-God. To use the language of John, they are antichrist. And as I stated, men and women are fortified there. They are imprisoned there. And they are entombed finally there.So what is our accountability? Our accountability is to smash these ideologies,to crush these fortifications. And to take each concept captive to the obedienceof Christ. It is a fight for the way folks believe. Again, satan is the architect, the designer,the engineer, and the builder of these ideologies. Individuals are fortified in them and ultimatelydoomed through them to everlasting hell. And all of it appears so wonderful given that it isoperated by way of the ultimate angel of light. In the historical testomony, people were warned aboutfalse prophets. In the New testomony, again we are warnedabout false prophets. Within the sermon on the mount, Jesus warns aboutfalse prophets, Matthew 7. Paul warns about false prophets many times. Peter practically writes an complete epistle,2 Peter, to warn about false prophets. Jude follows up, essentially the Holy Spiritdelivers to Jude with another verb hectic, the equal thing he gave to Peter in 2 Peter2, and an additional warning comes. And the new testomony ends before the apocalypse,before the nice ebook of Revelation which appears at the future, the final message of theNew testament, two little postcard epistles, 2 John, three John.Five instances within the opening verses of two John,5 occasions within the opening verses of three John, the final phrase, one written to a man, one writtento a lady, the ultimate phrase before the apocalypse is a warning to proceed to be trustworthy tothe actuality. You to find the phrase "fact" used 5 timesin the beginning of each of those little epistles. The last phrase from the last apostle in thelast decade of the first century of the church is to reside for the truth. And Jude then, throws in also "earnestly contendfor the reality." it can be a actuality struggle. I feel I wrote a e-book about that. It is a truth war. This is non secular battle. And a part of being able to combat that warfare isto scan the spirits.We are not able to go blithely along accepting anythingand the whole thing that folks aver or verify or avow. We need to experiment the spirits. This passage offers us the principles to dothat, so let’s return to 1 John chapter 4. And incidentally, when the first-class Awakening brokeout 1730 to 1740, there have been questions concerning the legitimacy of that. There were matters occurring within the great Awakeningthat had been certainly the work of the Holy Spirit. There were some things that seemed now not tobe the work of the Holy Spirit. And Jonathan Edwards assessed that motion,and he did it on the basis of this same textual content. So last night Steve Lawson raised Calvin fromthe useless, and today we’re going to raise Jonathan Edwards from the lifeless, and we’re going tolet him speak to us a little bit bit. Jonathan Edwards wrote a work referred to as The DistinguishingMarks of a piece of the Spirit of God, The Distinguishing Marks of a piece of the Spiritof God. And he headquartered it on 1 John chapter 4, and itwas published in 1741. Edwards asserted that this passage is foundationalto assessing something that’s claimed to be the work of the Holy Spirit.And these are timeless tests given to us notby Jonathan Edwards, he basically looked at them as we’re going to do, but by the Holy Spirit. Timeless checks by which we’re to measureall non secular movements, all preaching, all preachers are to be evaluated via these assessments. What is truly of the Holy Spirit will conformto these. It can be special that the Spirit of God hasgiven this to us. The entire strains of examination converge in theseeight verses. It’s the accountability of every pastor,every instructor, every preacher, each Christian to examine all claims and experiment all individuals,and prophecies. Like the noble Bereans, evaluate everythingto see what is true.Now what is the difficulty right here? Clearly the quandary is a work of the Holy Spirit. Again as much as three:24. "The one who keeps His commandments abidesin Him, and He in him." and then this assertion. "we know by means of this that He abides in us, bythe Spirit whom He has given us." Our salvation, says John, is verified andwe are assured that we belong to Christ for the reason that of the work of the Holy Spirit. That’s what he is announcing. Our assurance – let me say it again – ourconfidence, the affirmation of the fact of our salvation is centered upon the workingof the Holy Spirit. I know the Holy Spirit is invisible, the HolySpirit works in a supernatural, and divine, and imperceptible approach within us. Nonetheless, while the working of the Holy Spiritis invisible, the results are noticeable.Whilst we do not expertise or consider the HolySpirit, the manifestation of His work we do experience. One of the vital follies of the charismatic movementis to claim that the Holy Spirit is main me, or the Holy Spirit is directing me. You haven’t any option to understand that. I haven’t any solution to comprehend that. I don’t have a red gentle on my head that goesaround when it’s the Holy Spirit and goes off when it is simply me. I wouldn’t have any mechanism to know that I’mgetting impulses from the Holy Spirit. That is imperceptible, that is invisible, that’ssupernatural, that’s divine. All i do know is that i will expertise the resultof His relocating in my existence. And it began when I was saved. I instantly had a hatred of sin and a lovefor the matters that honor God. I instantly was indifferent to philosophyand I took a philosophy minor in college and i studied western philosophy. You have got in no way met a character more uninterestedin philosophy than me, however i have a passionate and all-consuming want to grasp the Wordof God.I failed to see the Holy Spirit do that. I did not believe Him do that. However i know the outcomes of His doing it. I tolerate persons in the world with a compassionfor their lostness. I am keen on God’s persons. I really like persons in God’s church. I do not even recognize who you’re, and when you’llallow me, I simply need to let you know, i like you in a real feel, no longer in a way that Iknow all about you, however there may be something about folks that belong to Christ, they belongto me. These are matters that are evidences – theseare things which might be evidences of an invisible work via the Holy Spirit inside me.So we know that Christ abides in us becausewe comprehend the Spirit He has given us is take place in us. People say to me, "How have you learnt while you’rea believer?" it’s now not your perfection, it can be your course. It’s what you’re keen on, and what you hate, andwhat you long for. We’re all in Romans 7, don’t seem to be we? We don’t do what we need to do, we don’tdo what we wish to do. We do what we do not wish to do and ought notto do, and we hate that about us, and that is the evidence of the Holy Spirit in us. You already know, it’s in John three:eight that Jesus saysto Nicodemus, "The wind blows where it’ll and also you are not able to see it, and also you can not controlit, but you’ll discover its result." And that’s an illustration even John three ofthe Holy Spirit.The Holy Spirit’s work is invisible, the effectsare enormously obvious. Through the noticeable, show up, experiential effectsof the Holy Spirit’s invisible work, we know He lives in us. What is He doing in us? I’ll just provide you with a fast list. He produces in us a want for repentance,a hatred of sin. He produces in us a desire to search salvationand forgiveness. He produces in us a perception within the gospel,a love for the Lord Jesus Christ, a wish to emerge as a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ,acknowledging Him as Lord. He produces in us a satisfaction within the Holy Scripture,a eager for obedience. He produces in us joy in trials and tribulations,love of other believers, wish for fellowship, working out of the Bible, illumination ofScripture, inclination to prayer, holy affections, a wish for praise, a heart of thanksgiving,worship as a subculture, and growing Christlikeness. That’s beautiful encouraging stuff. And i used to assert about that, "this is whatthe Holy Spirit’s doing in you whether you find it irresistible or now not." however, there are every other spirits.And it’s quite beautiful shocking to me. I consider it can be very surprising that in a suddenunexpected shift from the glories of 3:24, the Holy Spirit brings phrases to John’s mindthat transfer from the wonderful reality of Christ and the actual work of the Holy Spirit to thedeadly dangers of the unholy spirits, the unholy people who aren’t from God, the anti-God,the antichrists. And we’re no longer quite amazed with the aid of this becausewe’ve been warned through the Holy Spirit from the historic testomony on.Satanic deception is constantly with us. It was there in the backyard, wasn’t it? It’s constantly at work. It’s at all times strong. God has at all times warned His individuals, known as Hispeople to vigilance, called His people to discernment. It is a protracted battle on the truth, and it rages,and it rages all the time, and the actual individuals of God have consistently had to battle the falseprophets and the liars. And what makes them amazing is the deceptivenessof it. It’s a strange irony to me, very strangeirony, in the charismatic movement that if you criticize them, if you endeavor to bevigilant and discerning, and for those who exercise to contend for the truth, and maintain them toScripture, and expose their error, they will condemn you because the sinner. You’re the one who’re standing in the wayof the success of the prayer of Jesus in John 17 for the harmony of His church.How do i do know that? I have lived that. I have lived that. In order for them to be triumphant, they have got toturn discernment into an iniquity. They must turn discernment into a transgressionagainst Christ and His high priestly prayer. It’s essential for the charismatic movementto live on that it attack actuality warriors and turn them into enemies of the Holy Spirit,in view that if sound doctrine principles, they do not live on. Evangelicalism has generally been intimidatedinto silence. We have been discussing this after we started workingon the publication. We could not discover a publication exposing the charismaticmovement for what it’s that had been released, a guide of any word in any respect that had been publishedin the final 15 years. They have got been very positive in silencingevangelicalism. And so, we come again to 1 John, and we arecommanded to experiment the people espousing some thing in the identify of God and within the name of Christwho see whether or not they’re from God.We’re advised on the very outset of thisverse with these phrases, "liked, do not feel each person, do not suppose it." Why? "in view that many false prophets have gone outinto the world." So "scan the spirits." It ought to be ample to persuade you of theerror of that motion simply to grasp they do not want examination. If this used to be a true work of the Holy Spiritconsistent with Scripture, they would be inviting the entire scrutiny they could get given that theywould need the affirmation and the authentication. So what are the exams? Good, i’m going to offer you one, and i haveseveral, however I do not know how some distance i’m going to get.The ones i don’t offer you are within the ebook. I informed Travis I needed three hours today andhe mentioned, "No. You can’t have three hours." All correct, test one. The proper work of the Holy Spirit exalts theLord Jesus Christ. The actual work of the Holy Spirit exalts theLord Jesus Christ. Verse 2, "via this you know the Spirit of God:- " this is how you realize, here’s how " – every spirit that confesses that JesusChrist has come within the flesh is from God; and every spirit that doesn’t confess Jesusis no longer from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you’ve gotten heard that itis coming, and now it is already on the planet." the primary scan is a Christological scan.The first scan has to do with the man or woman ofJesus Christ. Every spirit that confesses Christ is fromGod, that’s positive. Any spirit that doesn’t confess Christ isnot of God. It all begins with Christology. It all starts with a transparent, genuine understandingof the incarnation, that Jesus, God in human flesh, is known biblically. Now what’s John writing about right here in distinctive? There have been some who denied that Jesus Christwas particularly human. This in early years used to be referred to as Docetism fromdoke this means that "to show up." And the suggestion, of course, got here out of philosophicaldualism, Greek dualism, which stated subject is dangerous and spirit is just right. Whatever that’s fabric is evil. Something that’s spirit is just right. And so the Son of God could not particularly be physical. He would be fabric and for that reason He wouldbe evil in a dualistic suggestion. So they said He handiest gave the impression to be humanbut He wasn’t quite human.So they had been calling into question the truehumanity of Jesus Christ. Does that matter? Yes it concerns. Yes it issues. Considering if he is to be the substitute who diesin your location, He must be man. If your sins are to be imputed to Him, andHe punished in your location, He need to be man. Additionally, if His lifestyles is to be creditedto your account, He ought to live as a man, as a human being. His humanity issues. Now this isn’t a full-ranged Christologyhere. That isn’t John’s intent. He is in basic terms choosing out one error that existedat the time that assaulted the proper nature of Christ as utterly God and totally man. And we are able to easily draw from that that everythingbegins with a real Christology. Jesus is utterly God. He’s utterly man. It was in 451 at the Council of Chalcedonthat what was once referred to as monophysitism used to be declared heretical.And that was once that the two natures of Jesuswere mingled and blended. This was once a big debate, early on. I am with no trouble telling you in the history of thechurch, they settled the challenge of the two natures of Jesus Christ being collectively inone person and unmixed. Not all the elements of latest Testamentor ancient testament revelation on Christology are right here, but the first test is an accurateview of the incarnate Son of God. And if all of it isn’t express here, allof it is implicit right here. It’s all implied here. False religions and heretical Christian cultsyou know all have an aberrant Christology. All of them have an aberrant, corrupted Christology. The Mormons believe that Jesus is the spirit-brotherof Lucifer, who was once a created being, created by way of God, who Himself was once a created being. All of the cults have an aberrant view of Christ. The Holy Spirit does now not. The Holy Spirit has an correct view of Christ,normally honestly offering the glory of the Son. Any Holy Spirit-crammed preacher will likely be Christ-dominated,Christ-dominated, and present Him in an correct, and exalting, and fair means.It is a matter of sound theology, nevertheless it’salso a topic of preeminence, and additionally it is a subject of the gospel readability. So where you see any deficiency within the natureof Christ, or the prominence of Christ, the preeminence of Christ, or the gospel, thisis no longer the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus says in John 14:15-sixteen, when the Spiritcomes, He’ll show you Me. His ministry is to point to Me. He will lead you into all reality concerningMe. Anyone who is unsuitable on Christ, or who diminishesChrist, or who pollutes the gospel, or who distracts from the Son to the Spirit, is notoperating in the Spirit, not running within the Spirit. Jonathan Edwards mentioned the devil has the mostbitter and implacable enmity against Christ. He by no means would go about to beget in men morehonorable ideas of Christ. The devil seeks to curl, confuse, suppress,and misrepresent the glories of the Son of God. The devil seeks to attract attention away fromthe Son of God to a false photo of the Holy Spirit even as pretending to honor Jesus. A true work of the Spirit does the opposite.A real work of the Spirit exalts the trueChrist in all superb preeminence and the whole and accurate working out of His gospel. If the charismatic motion was being producedby the Holy Spirit, the glory of Christ would be triumphant in every single place. It could be Christ-dominated and everyonein the movement could be bowing the knee to the authentic Christ in notion of the proper gospel. The persons could be humble. They would be cheerful. They’d be sacrificial. They would be confessional. They would be declaring Jesus as Lord andthemselves His slaves. They would be denying themselves, taking uptheir move, and following Him wherever He led. But very proudly, a booklet through Jack Hayford anda gentleman named Moore announce that the forte of the charismatic movementis the preeminence of the Holy Spirit. I quote, "within the Pentecostal potpourri onlyone factor is the same for all: The passion they need to expertise the Holy Spirit presenceand vigor." When the Holy Spirit is the character sought,His work has been rejected. Christ is obscured, Scripture depreciated,and a preoccupation with counterfeit experiences alleged to be brought about with the aid of the Holy Spirit,but no longer having whatever to do with Him in any respect.Ephesians three:14, "for that reason I bow myknee before the father – " this is Paul’s prayer " – From whom every household in heaven and onearth derives its title, that He would supply you – " this is Paul’s prayer. This is what Paul needs " – that He wouldgrant you, consistent with the riches of His glory, to be reinforced with vigour throughHis Spirit in the inner man." Paul is saying, "i’m praying to the father,and i’m asking Him to permit His Spirit to strengthen you so that – " here’s the rationale" – Christ could dwell on your hearts by way of faith. That you, being rooted and grounded in love,may be able to have an understanding of with the entire saints what’s the breadth and size and heightand depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses advantage, that you may befilled up to all the fullness of God.Now to Him who’s competent to do far extra abundantlyabove all we could ask or suppose, in line with the vigour that works in us, to Him be theglory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever." what’s Paul’s prayer? It is that the Spirit would lead you to afull working out of the love of Christ. It constantly aspects to Christ. Right here the charismatic movement fails the testof exalting Christ certainly by means of exalting that false photo of the Holy Spirit that they havecreated.Show me a individual obsessed with the Holy Spirit,and i’ll show you a person no longer filled with the Holy Spirit. Show me a character obsessed with the Lord JesusChrist, in no way tiring of learning and loving Him, entranced by His wonderful glory, andseeking to obey Him and be like Him, and i’m going to show you a Spirit-filled person. That’s what a Spirit-crammed character appears like.Much of the motion is without a doubt antichrist. Stories about visions of Jesus in charismaticcircles are rather terrifying to me. Some have proclaimed Him dressed as a fireman. Others have noticeable Him 900 toes tall. Others meet with Him commonly in the toilet. Some have noticeable Him dancing on the garbagedump. Others have seen Him sitting in a wheelchairat a convalescent residence. Some have taken lengthy walks with Him on thebeach. And so it goes. One Charismatic writer says, "quickly afterthe Holy Spirit published Himself, I saw Jesus. And then I requested the Lord to take me to Hissecret location. I was once mendacity within the grass and that i mentioned, ‘Jesus,would You lie down subsequent to me?’ We were right there watching into each and every different’seyes. The daddy got here, too, and reclined next toJesus." Sappy emotionalism, bizarre fable, havingabsolutely nothing to do with Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Delusions? Typically. Lies? Absolutely. However they do not to find their source within the HolySpirit. Nevertheless it’s not just these weird photos likeyou read in Heaven Is for actual, supposedly a 4-year-historical went to heaven and got here backand described Jesus, and Jesus’ horse, and Jesus being shorter than Michael.I imply, that is bad sufficient, but even worseare the heresies concerning Him. Within the book you are going to read about them. Jesus didn’t come to earth as God in humanflesh. He certainly not claimed to be God, they say. He took on devil’s sinful nature on the move,died spiritually, and went to hell for 3 days. Prosperity preacher Kenneth Copeland exhibitsthe blasphemous and unbiblical manner in which Jesus Christ is handled in the word of Faithmovement. I quote, "How did Jesus, then, on the crosssay ‘My God?’ on account that God used to be no longer His Father anymore. He took upon Himself the character of devil. And i am telling you, Jesus is within the middleof that pit. He is suffering all that there is to endure. His emaciated little wormy spirit is downin the backside of that thing and the satan thinks he’s received Him destroyed, however all ofa unexpected God started speakme." Creflo dollar, a further phrase of faith recommend,displaying similar irreverence, questioning the deity of Christ, I quote, "Jesus didn’tshow up ultimate. He grew into His perfection. You understand, Jesus in a single scripture within the Bible,He went on a trip and He used to be worn out.You higher hope God do not get tired, but Jesusdid. If He came as God and He obtained worn out, He saysHe sat down by using the well when you consider that He was tired. Boy, we’re in trouble and somebody stated, ‘well,Jesus came as God.’ well, how many of you know the Bible says,’God on no account sleeps nor slumbers,’ and yet within the book of Mark we see Jesus asleep in theback of the boat." What style of convoluted, irresponsible, ridiculousthinking is that? Casting aspersions on the deity of Christ. He failed to come as God. And the phrase of faith action is responsible onthe different hand of positioning themselves and all who are in their motion as in the event that they aregods. Kenneth Copeland pretends to communicate for Jesuslike Sarah younger does in her silly books. And he says this. That is Kenneth Copeland speakme for Jesus. "don’t be disturbed when folks accuse youof considering you’re God. They crucified Me for claiming I was God.I did not declare I was once God. I just claimed that I walked with Him andHe was once with me. Hallelujah." Rank conceitedness, stupidity, gross falsehood,blasphemy. And where are the charismatics who do believethe fact about Jesus Christ in calling these folks out and shutting down their affect? Simplest the spirit of antichrist would inspirethat kind of blatantly unbiblical instructing. You could go past foolish things about Christand heresies about Christ to misrepresentations of the gospel. And this gets lovely wide. We know why the Holy Spirit came, to convictthe world of sin and righteousness, and judgment, that they would think within the Lord JesusChrist. He got here to bear witness to the historicaltruth of the gospel, as Acts 5 says. He came to empower those who preach its savingmessage, 1 Peter 1:12. We all know the work of the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is devoted to the gospel. The Holy Spirit would in no way misrepresent thegospel. So anyplace the devaluing of the gospel truthis noticeable, we all know that is now not the work of the Holy Spirit. And let me be very blunt.Any action that may fully embody RomanCatholicism is just not a action authored by using the Holy Spirit given that that is a false gospel. Why do they try this? Given that it is headquartered upon a long-established false experience. Sound doctrine is subjugated to spiritualexperience. False spiritual expertise, false types ofthe gospel are fortunately embraced. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal started out in1967 when a bunch of scholars acquired, quote, "The Baptism" and spoke gibberish, non-language. The action was once officially recognized byPope John Paul II. Why? For the reason that the Catholics soak up. That is how the system grows. You will have heard the Pope just lately, "howdy, welcomeeverybody again to the church. Homosexuals, that’s excellent. Atheists, you’re going to heaven, too, ifyou do your high-quality." that’s Roman Catholicism. Take in the heretics. Soak up the dissidence.Take in the people who’re on the outside. Build the process. Why? Considering that that approach has one king, and it’sthe king of darkness. By using the 12 months 2000 – that is the 12 months 2000 – therewere one hundred twenty million Catholic charismatics. There are good over 500 million charismatics,so 1 out of each 5 is Roman Catholic globally. Catholic charismatics preserve a Catholic theology,Catholic doctrine, and so they deny that a believer is justified by religion alone, right? It’s by what? Works. They suppose within the ex opere operato efficacyof the seven Roman sacraments. They’re up to their eyeballs in the idolatryof the Catholic mass, that horrendous try and resacrifice Christ. They, in an idolatrous method, venerate Maryand the saints. They have got been totally embraced by way of protestantpentecostals. Why would any one try this? Make a concession to Catholicism? It’s just end up part of the contemporaryfabric of evangelicalism. Here is a report."Ten thousand charismatics and pentecostalsprayed, sang, danced, clapped, cheered under the normal bond of the Holy Spirit duringa four-day ecumenical conference last summer. About half of the contributors on the congresson the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization were Catholics. ‘The Holy Spirit wants to break down wallsbetween Catholics and Protestants,’ mentioned Vinson Synan, the theological dean of Pat Robertson’sRegent tuition, who chaired the congress." If this action can embody Catholicism,it can be now not a action of the Holy Spirit. Roman Catholic theology is corrupt, it hasa false gospel. The spirit at the back of the Catholic CharismaticRenewal just isn’t the Holy Spirit. No longer just them. International, there are 24 million charismaticswho belong to a gaggle that may be referred to as oneness pentecostal. What is oneness pentecostalism? Usually you see it as "Jesus most effective." It denies the Trinity. Twenty-4 million, they deny the Trinity,about one out of every 4 in the united states. What do they think? They believe in what is known as modalism: Thatthere’s one God and He appears in three one-of-a-kind modes, often he’s the father, sometimesHe’s the Son, and routinely he’s the Spirit, but he is never all three whilst.He has these three modes wherein He can appear. A bit of bit of situation with that on the baptismof Jesus. Proper? I mean, he’s changing hats fairly quick. However way again within the Athanasian creed, it wassettled that God is Father, Son, and Spirit, three co-equal, co-existent, divine individuals. Modalism has been condemned during allof church history as a heresy at a foundational level that literally attacks the nature ofGod and cuts you off from the probability of salvation. Often the leading oneness pentecostal thatyou would be aware of is T.D. Jakes, who denies the Trinity. You don’t have the true God, you do not havethe true Christ, you would not have the real Spirit. The modalist – search this – there is oneGod who will also be specified through three distinct names. He can also be referred to as Father, Son, and Holy Spiritat distinct instances. These three usually are not targeted men and women. They’re simply unique modes of the one God. For that reason God can be referred to as Father because the creatorof the sector and lawgiver. He can be called Son as God incarnate in JesusChrist.He can also be called Holy Spirit as God in thechurch age. Thus, Jesus Christ is God and the Spiritof God, but now not as precise humans. Councils of Nicaea, 325; Constantinople, 381;modalism used to be universally condemned as heresy. The largest church in the united states is – I guessyou might name it a church with a small "c" – Joel Osteen in Houston. A shallow, saccharine kind of universalism. Universalism, standing starkly at odds witheverything Scripture says. When he was once asked what he notion about peoplewho refused to accept Jesus Christ, he gave an reply that would have come from the lipsof Pope Francis."well I don’t know if I think they’re flawed. I suppose – here is what the Bible teaches,and from the Christian religion that is what I feel. But I just feel that simplest God will judgea man or woman’s coronary heart. I spent a number of time in India with my father. I have no idea all about their faith, butI understand they love God.And i have no idea. I’ve visible their sincerity, so I do not know. I know – i do know for me, and what the Bibleteaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus." On a further get together, he was once requested if Mormonsare authentic Christians. His answer was once, "good, in my mind they’re. Mitt Romney has stated that he believes in Christas his Savior, and that is what I believe, so, , i’m not the one to guage thelittle important points. So I believe they are." Do you understand the pervasive affect thathe has? It can be huge. This is universalism. Incidentally, Mormonism claimed to experiencethe identical supernatural phenomena the pentecostals and charismatics expertise in these days. At the dedication of the Kirtland Temple whichwas developed in 1836 by Joseph Smith, Joseph Smith reported the next phenomena occurredat the dedication of the Temple: Tongues, prophecy, and superb visions.Different eyewitness bills reminiscent of quote, "Therewas first-class manifestations of power, such as speakme in tongues, seeing visions, administrationsof angels. There the Spirit of the Lord as on the dayof pentecost used to be profusely poured out. Hundreds and hundreds of elders spoke in tongues." There you’ve gotten it. More than 1/2 a century before Charles Parhamlaunches the charismatic motion, the Mormons are doing the same thing. The Mormons, I remind you, feel Jesus isthe spirit brother of Lucifer.Is this a work of the Holy Spirit? It wasn’t within the case of the Mormons, andit is not in the case of people who followed them. And then, of direction, one other fundamental Charismaticdistortion of the gospel is found within the wellbeing-wealth guarantees of the word of religion motion. This can be a false gospel. I’m seeking to exhibit you all of the methods you canattack a real Christology.The prosperity gospel – horrendous – but itis the defining function of all pentecostalism, so that the majority of pentecostals, exceeding90 percent in most international locations, hold to the prosperity gospel. It’s why the object has grown, due to the fact itlies in promising success, and well being, and wealth. And it preys on the bad, it preys on thepoor. The prosperity gospel has no interest in thebiblical gospel.It handiest offers economic prosperity, physicalwell-being to determined, determined persons. It offers carnal comforts, earthly riches,worldly success to hundreds of thousands of folks who literally give up the little that they haveto buy it. It’s the worst. It’s the ugliest. To prey on the unwell, and to prey on the negative,and become rich via lying to them. Is there whatever more wretched than that? After which attributing it to the Holy Spirit? And associating it with the identify of Jesus? The peddlers of this perversion stand guiltyof promoting a false gospel, trafficking in heretical wares.Prosperity preachers have made Christianitya laughingstock. One writer says, "The prosperity gospel isChristianity’s variation of legitimate wrestling." That communicates. However then again, spiritual swindlerswill in the future be punished for his or her blasphemous conceit, Jude thirteen. If we were so as to add up the numbers of peopleconnected to the heretical companies: Roman Catholicism, oneness pentecostalism, and word of Faithprosperity gospel; the sum can be within the countless numbers and enormous quantities of millions. It’s, correctly, the bulk in the motion. All this goes back, does not it, to our point. A real work of the Holy Spirit does what? Exalts whom? Christ, His character, His work, His gospel. Now, while you get the guide, and you’ll,you’re going to learn a entire lot extra of a lot of these things to substantiate the deviations ofthis movement.Let me just form of throw out the other pointsand that you can wait till you learn. The second point, appear at verses 4 and 5 of1 John. "you’re from God, little youngsters, and haveovercome them; for the reason that greater is He who’s in you than he who is on the earth. They are from the sector; thus they speakas from the sector and the sector listens to them." are you aware why that movement grows? Given that it’s offering to persons in the worldwhat they already want. It is worldly. They’re offering what the unregenerate heartwants: well being, wealth, prosperity. They bundle it each method they may be able to. They are able to provide them a excessive-powered emotionalexperience. They may be able to take them out of the doldrums oftheir daily expertise. They can put them in a crowd, get the lightsflashing, the song blaring, and they may be able to bring up them to a few style of an experiencethat could also be equal to the experience that men and women have when they drink to flee. It’s all worldly: tune, emotion, liberation,freedom, guarantees of health, wealth, ecstatic experiences, the hope of prosperity. "they are from the world – " verse 5 " – Theyspeak as from the arena, and the sector listens to them." There you have got an outline of why the movementworks.It can be worldly guys speaking to worldly peopleabout worldly matters. Has nothing to do with the kingdom of God,nothing, nothing. On the other hand, i really like this, we’ve got overcomethe world. We have now overcome the arena. We’re now not all in favour of that. Do they not hear the warning? "Love no longer the sector, neither the things thatare in the world. For all that’s on this planet, the lust ofthe eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the satisfaction of life, is of the world, and is passing away." Joel Osteen writes a book, Your first-class LifeNow. That is it. That’s the message. The one approach that’s true that your exceptional lifeis now could be if you’re going to hell, due to the fact that if you are going to heaven, this isn’t yourbest life. And, of direction, all this high-powered emotionalmusic contains the false guarantees on a mindless, numbing tune of self-success and self-satisfactionthat gets even sensual. The Holy Spirit doesn’t furnish the mindlesssuperficial lust of a fallen heart. That’s not what the Holy Spirit gives. He brings humility, brokenness, repentance,and produces in us love, pleasure, peace, gentleness, goodness, religion, meekness, self-manage, withoutmusic.The important appeal is the carnal desire. And did you notice how the preachers flaunttheir worldliness? Just flaunt it? They must. That’s the way you sell the story. Seem at me. Appear what occurred to me. It would happen to you. Ponzi scheme. It’s a non secular variation of Bernie Madoff. 9 out of each ten pentecostals reside inpoverty. Nine out of each ten are living in poverty. Over 90 percent of Pentecostals and charismaticsin Nigeria, South Africa, India, and the Philippines, nonetheless, feel God will grant material prosperityto all believers who have sufficient faith. What a lie. You recognize, the prosperity gospel is more morallyreprehensible than a Las Vegas casino given that it masquerades as religion. They take your money in Las Vegas but youexpect it when you consider that it’s run by way of the Mafia. You do not assume the men and women that representGod to do the identical factor.And when Jesus saw the widow put her lastmite into the temple providing, He mentioned, "This Temple is going to return down. No longer one stone will probably be left on a further." I have no idea what you’ve got been taught aboutthat story of the widow giving her last two cents. That was no longer an instance of Christian giving. God does not count on you to give your last twocents and go home and die. That is what happens to a widow who’s suckeredby a religion of works. She was looking to purchase with her final two centsher means into the dominion on account that that is what she had been taught. And Jesus says, "Any method that sucks peopledown to the situation where they have got nothing left in a false hope is coming down." And it did.Let me just point out the others. I am skipping all of the just right stuff. I’m skipping the story concerning the under the influence of alcohol prophetup in my workplace, but that you can examine that. K, number three, simply fairly rapid, I’vegot to stop. The real work of the Holy Spirit elements peopleto the Bible. We heard that from Conrad last night, didn’twe? The actual work of the Holy spirit features peopleto the Bible, go to verse 6. "we’re from God; he who is aware of God listensto us; he who just isn’t from God does not listen to us. With the aid of this we all know the Spirit of truth and theSpirit of error." How do we all know the Spirit of actuality from theSpirit of error? Considering the Spirit of fact runs to what? To Scripture, to the Bible, to the Bible.That is how we all know. That’s how we all know. Listen to Peter Wagner. "Some object to the concept that God communicatesdirectly with us, supposing that everything that God wanted to reveal, He published inthe Bible. This are not able to be genuine, however, considering that there’snothing within the Bible that says it has 66 books. It sincerely took God a couple hundred yearsto make known to the church which writing must be included within the Bible and which shouldnot.That’s extra-biblical revelation. In spite of this, Catholics and Protestants still agreeon the number. Past that, I consider that prayer is twoway. We speak to God and anticipate Him to communicate tous. We can hear God’s voice. He also displays new matters to prophets aswe have seen." Jack Deere, once a professor at Dallas Seminary,with whom we additionally had a dialog, says this. He taught at Dallas Theological Seminary andleft. Says this, "The sufficiency of Scripture isa demonic doctrine. With the intention to fulfill God’s best possible purposefor our lives, we ought to be equipped to hear His voice, each in the written word and in theword freshly spoken from heaven. Devil is aware the strategic importanceof Christians listening to God’s voice, so he has launched more than a few attacks in opposition to us in thisarea." Did you get that? Devil is the one calling them to scripturalfidelity. He extra says, "considered one of devil’s most successfulattacks has been to enhance a doctrine that teaches God no longer speaks to us exceptthrough the written phrase. Finally, this doctrine is demonic, eventhough Christian theologians had been used to ideal it." Demonic? The scan has failed.One different experiment, just point out it. "beloved, let us love one an extra, love isfrom God; each person who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who would not love doesn’t be aware of God,for God is love." The proper work of the Holy Spirit is manifestingthe love of God. Love toward God, love towards God’s people. The real work of the Holy Spirit elevateslove, biblical love. That love indicates up toward God in pure, real,holy worship. And it shows up towards others in humble sacrificialdesire to serve and edify. It’s an obvious thing to say, and i’m going to shut. In the charismatic motion, the whole lot isabout me, now not about you. The items are for me, to edify me. Prayers are for me, to get me what i need. I connect myself to this false process in orderthat i will get what I want. It lacks love. Jonathan Edwards wrote about this. There’s a false kind of faith love that existsamong persons who are in this collectively, but it is some thing but sacrificial. The place you may have mysticism and materialism mingled,you will have self-absorbed attitudes.It’s about me feeling, experiencing, me getting,me acquiring, me having what i need. It’s childish self-love, bloodless-hearted materialism,and selfishness in cover as a work of the Holy Spirit. So we don’t must speculate. We fairly do not. We have the exams. Just seem at the exams, measure the movement,be discerning just like the noble Bereans, and it will have to be clear to us. I need to shut by using studying 2 John 7, "Formany deceivers have long past out into the sector, folks that don’t acknowledge Jesus Christas coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you don’t lose whatwe have comprehensive, however that you could be receive a full reward.Any person who goes too some distance and does not abidein the educating involving Christ, – " the truth about Christ " – does no longer have God;the one who abides in the educating, – " involving Christ " – has each the father and the Son. If anybody comes to you and does not bringthis instructing, – " this real doctrine, " – do not obtain him into your house, don’t givehim a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds." A warning against any ecumenical embrace ofthose with an aberrant Christology. Father, we thank you that we’ve been ableto look at these matters in the mild of Scripture this morning.We do not wish to feel like one way or the other we’re smarterthan other individuals or higher than other persons. We have bought grace. We now have been given lifestyles from heaven, and wegive you all of the praise and all the glory, or we would be as much at nighttime as thosedeceived by means of this action. Thanks in your grace. Lord, honor Your name. Convey glory to Your name. Deliver an finish to that which dishonors You. And could the pure actuality shine via all thelies and deceptions. Location devil below our feet, and may just Christbe lifted up and draw all men to Him. We pray in His identify. Amen..

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