Fundamental Tests of Genuine Christianity Part 5

Part 3 of the Doctrinal Test

by Mike Ratliff

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1-6 ESV)

Some good friends of this ministry sent me an email yesterday with a link to a sermon by Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer of the Moody Bible Hour. The sermon, Exposing The Secret, was about the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. This book is being hyped by Oprah Winfrey as a must read. I highly recommend that you listen to the sermon. Dr Lutzer has biblical discernment. Oprah has none. What makes the difference? Continue reading