1 Thessalonians 5:21 PROVE all things; hold fast that which is good.
1 John 4:1 Beloved, BELIEVE NOT every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Today, many people and speakers claim to be speaking for God, or claim God told them to say what they’ve said. They are claiming their words or message is inspired from God. We are to prove all things and hold fast to that which is good (1 Thess. 5:21). We also are to try the spirits or the inspiration behind every so called inspired utterance. In 1 John 4:1 the word “try” means to test, examine, discern, scrutinize, or prove. This is not about being cynical or skeptical but being discerning. We are told in 1 Corinthians 2:15 that, “He that is spiritual, judges (discerns, examines, scrutinizes) all things….” We should not automatically believe every inspired speaker or person professing to be inspired by the Spirit as being from God. We should test or prove it by their acknowledgement of Jesus Christ but also by the Word of God.
No matter who is speaking an inspired message to us we must realize that all thoughts, beliefs, opinions, philosophies, and doctrines originate from only one of two sources: the spirit of truth or the spirit of error. The one basic source for testing is the Word of God. All lies from demons or men in thought, beliefs, theories, or doctrines (teachings) in some way:
1. WEAKEN the absolute authority of Scripture.
2. DISTORT (twist) the teachings of Scripture.
3. ADD TO the teachings of Scripture the thoughts, ideas, wisdom, philosophies, and traditions of men.
4. PUT ASIDE the teachings of Scripture entirely.
Jesus warned us about deception being on the rise in the Last Days and we are going to need to be more discerning than ever before as evil men and seducers become worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Tim. 3:13). Thank God we have the number one remedy to all deception which is the Word of God. It is the only “ALL THE TIME” accurate discerner of deception (Heb. 4:12). We also have the same Holy Spirit in us, the Greater One, the Spirit of truth, to lead us and guide us into all truth.