Taking place in the religious world, one wonders what is really true. A televangelist has a second encounter with a prostitute and blames it all on demon spirits. Then he turns around and says God told him to keep preaching. It all gives Christianity a black eye, and others are turned away by wondering how a person can really tell the Spirit of God from false spirits. After all, the Bible does tell us to test the spirits to see whether they are from God (1 John 4:1). How is it done?
Well, for one thing, the Spirit of God will never contradict the Bible which he inspired. Let’s take a plain example. The seventh commandment says, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). This commandment means that marriage is sacred. Men and women take vows before God to be faithful to their husband or wife. They are not to violate those vows by visiting a prostitute. Hebrews 13:4 says, “Let marriage be held in honor among all. And let the marriage bed be undefiled. For fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Fornication is illicit sex before marriage. Adultery is illicit sex while married. God is adamantly opposed to fornication and adultery. As Scripture says, fornicators and adulterers God will judge. And so, here is a concrete way to discern God’s Spirit. God’s Spirit will not lead a person to break marriage vows by fornication or adultery.
And what about positive evidence? Listen, “We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15). Love is an evidence of the Holy Spirit. Hatred is an evidence of the unholy spirit.
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