Testing the Spirits

Do you hate it when someone questions your judgment or decision or conviction? It is almost as if, when one is unclear as to what has been said, or what one believes, to question them is to impugn their person, judgment, and sincerity. Such should not be the case amongst Christians, especially considering the inspired words of the apostle John.

“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). Evidently, Satan is actively working through his minions of misinformation to spoil your opportunity to live in eternity with God. He would be overjoyed if you would believe a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12). To the contrary, the Christian is under obligation to question what people say religiously, as Paul would say: “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12).

The real problem with being religiously inquisitive is that when we discover we are wrong, if we claim to have an honest heart, we must change our view and conduct accordingly. And, there’s the rub! We like our beliefs, our traditions and our ruts, even if they are not right, and they would just as soon you not bring truth to their attention. Further, if anyone acts upon the discovery of what is right, those who choose not to act are already condemned in their poor choice to reject the right choice (John 3:19).

It is not an easy thing to be honest in the face of error but only those who are willing to take the truth-test, and change when they see it, have integrity. That constant, progressive transformation is the goal of spirit-testers who will “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).