The Spirit of Truth and Error, Conclusion

Many are the voices that claim to be speaking for God. It is imperative then that we are able to distinguish and recognize the difference between truth and error. Previously we visited some of the characteristics necessary if a message or messenger is authoritative and trustworthy. We now proceed to concepts that can be seen today when a message or messenger is erroneous.

  1. When there is a claim of revelation given personally to them by God, it usually results in a message based on personal preference, self-assertion, ignorance of real issues, and unrealistic optimism (promising peace and prosperity).
  2. Making God “relevant” leads to uncertain and unclear direction for practical living, a failure in following God’s prescribed ways to worship Him, or an experience that becomes more important than holiness.
  3. When there is an incessant appeal for monetary support followed by unrealistic promises that will be lavished on the donor, the messenger should not be trusted with the message of God.
  4. When consistent fruit from a message and/or messenger lacks substance and sustainability, what we are left with is as odious as it was ostentatious.

“This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” I John 4:6