1. Kitty B

    I’m a little late to this page, but thank you so much for the exhortation provided to “test the spirits”. This confused me for some time as if you just use the verse in 1st John without considering its full meaning, most of the false teachers we see today would be considered sound as so many on the surface appear to “confess Jesus Christ”. Your explanation was a wonderful confirmation to me. I also was profoundly moved by the testimony of M Burkes. Praise God for revealing His Son and deliverance. Many of us are waking up to realize the extent of the deception of the deceiver and how its permeated the church. Most churched people aren’t taught about the apostasy at all and have no clue that the “anti christ” movement which will produce a “false jesus”. Psychology in the church is a very subtle counterfeit and retains but changes the meanings of many scriptures . The worship of self is buried within seemingly biblical teaching. But no one can serve two masters and eventually a professing christian who is engaged in this system will openly depart. I have a sister who professed christianity years before I had who is ensnared in the field as a psychotherapist. The whole system is based on self. The more we grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, the lonelier we become. I was saved while attending what was considered a solid, historic and trusted church in Chicago. I didn’t hear the Gospel however, until I was home alone reading a Bible because the Word is used from the pulpit as a way to improve ourselves, or our lives instead of the contextual study of what the LORD is revealing. It’s man centered preaching of the Word. It seems that True believers who hold to the Word of God will be driven out of the church organization as it continues its course back into the religion of babel. I have a christian friend brought up in a charismatic environment who has been taught that to “test the spirits” we are to ask the spirit if they are from Jesus or if Jesus is the Christ. This seems off to me, we aren’t told anywhere I can find in the NT epistles to dialogue with demons in order to test the spirits. I am concerned about this. The answer I have gotten is that they didn’t have the written Word as we do when John wrote it so it had to mean that they should ask the spirit to “confess”. It seems to me that satan and his minions could easily lie and confess Jesus. Jude 1:20-25.

  2. Byron Kelley

    Thank you for sharing your testimony. I wish more people would listen to those like yourself who have seen the deceitfulness of psychology, psychiatry, the NAR, the charismatic movement, and the like. I too was almost taken in by such back in the 1980’s when the Word of Faith was really strong in Texas. It was only by Grace of God and encouragement of those around me that I saw the truth of it.

    Continue to reach out to everyone you know and show the truth of it.

    God bless you.

  3. MB

    Thank you so much for sharing your testimony. That is powerful. You should perhaps share this in other venues as well, and/or in broader ways. It could be very encouraging to many people.

    So much comes down to the dichotomy of subjective [e.g. man’s wisdom (psychology); feelings; experiences; mysticism] or objective [God’s written Word; unchanging standards and truth]. More and more people are depending and devoting their lives to what is subjective, to their destruction, and that of our society.

    Blessings to you

    PS God and His Word are totally sufficient : )

  4. Iva

    Thank you for your touching testimony, M Beukes. It will encourage to seek out the truth and that is done through the scriptures…it is a world full of spiritual ‘minefields’, where people are deceived and being deceived, where there is no fear in preaching ‘another gospel'(that is not the gospel of Christ), where the churches are full of people who won’t receive the love of the truth and God sends them a strong delusion that they believe a lie. We must put on the whole armour of God, as you pointed out, to withstand the tricks of the devil. We need to rightly divide the word of truth and we need to allow the Holy Spirit to guide and teach us. 2 Tim. 3: 13; Gal. 1:8-9; John 14: 26; John 16:13; 2 Thess. 2:10-12; Ephesians 6:11-18.

  5. M Beukes

    Thank you for your articles.

    I have neglected to test the spirits. Here is a short summary of what happened to me, which is actually a huge story coming out of lies into Truth in the past almost five years.

    In short: I used to be a Clinical Psychologist. I had a humanistic view and understanding of life, quite liberal and “politically correct” with that “good person” kind of idea. I also went into New Age, eastern ideas, esoteric…. although I grew up in a traditional Protestant church. I always had a need for more knowledge, about what is going on in the world and also my own life. I was quite a conscientious child and person, and I remember people (some family or friends/others) would remark to me that I am too uptight and need to lighten up a bit). Sporadically at some point in my 20s, I started “relaxing” more and “lightening up” more. I started to feel confused by people who called themselves Christians, and I think my decision to study psychology (which pushes liberated thinking), to find answers coupled with this confusion of Christianity and my lack of Biblical knowledge contributed to me looking for more answers outside, in the places God forbids. The liberating thing that happens in psychology training also seemed to confirm this message I felt I was getting to let go more, become more open-minded and liberated. I started feeling quite good and empowered and freer in a way. And to me, it seemed that THAT was the current and trendy way. I thought I was progressive and forward thinking and in the truth. I thought the word “sin” was old fashioned. I had no idea! I also did not know that the Bible is full of warnings against deception. I did not know or grasp the Truth about the Gospel of Jesus. I was at a point that I also did not believe the devil existed. I landed in the spiritual gutters, unbeknownst to myself. I was in a dark dingy ally in the spirit through my thinking. To my shock, I went to a place in my thinking in the spirit that I would never go in the physical world. This place in thinking is actually where many people are and what many books are written about and much in the world today is considered as normal and fine and “in.”

    Then I got attacked by demons; I had no idea what it was or that it even existed. I saw and experienced a number of things that I now know was a spiritual battle. I saw demons operate through people (this looks like human behavior, but it is bizarre and totally void of reality and expecially empathy (to name a few) and also objects that move and things that happen through technology as in a paranormal way. I saw a demon too, and I also saw an angel for a moment, I saw a delivery. I saw the way they can come against people to destroy their lives. I realize how God protected me and my family against the full force of the attack. We have had a lot of trauma and losses, but I can see now why. I have subsequently learned so much and gained so much about God’s Truth. It has been very hard at times though, yet we would have been destroyed if it was not for God’s help and mercy and His truth. Psychology and psychiatry would never have been able to give the answers and freedom that God’s Word has given regarding this attack and experience. Before I knew what was going on (which took a number of years) I did know I should stay away from psychology and psychiatry. I went looking for answers. I went past reiki and Catholic, then back to a traditional Protestant church, then into charismatic….at one charismatic ministry I learned for the first time that we were attacked by demons and that our struggle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). I knew psychology and psychiatry does not know this, and I left psychology or any future “career” in psychology. My husband and I thought we now needed to be in the charismatic environment as they seem to know the truth, as they or some of them understand there is something like demonic attacks, which no one else knows and it can happen to people as it did to us.

    However in some of the charismatic environments, we heard so much confusion and compromise, pop-psych, new age ideas and no real caution against sin or repentance. I remember thinking I hear so many of the new age things in the charismatic environment, I was very confused. I also did not understand how there were so many differences in the charismatic “churches” and their understanding and teachings. But because I had felt so bad for being so far away from God and the Truth and that I got attacked by demons, and seeing how all these people have been so “good” and in the truth all this time, I thought “what do I know”? Maybe I was so close to the truth in new age I just needed to add or do it adding scriptures from the Bible. I did often feel uncomfortable, but I thought “who was I, knowing where I was and what happened to me, to now feel uncomfortable”?

    My husband and I read the Bible and listened to teachers we thought followed the Bible. Sporadically what we experienced in the charismatic environment did not match with what we learned from God’s Word, and also our experience and knowing how living outside Biblical boundaries can open for demonic attack did not seem to be something some charismatic people we met fully understood. We could see and hear how the things they say and do is actually not honouring or even understanding the message in the Bible (the narrow gate message-Matthew 7:13-14). Then about 8 months ago I learned about the NAR lies.

    My husband (a former Catholic) and I read about the NAR, and we realized it has new age and Catholic lies combined. Suddenly so much more made sense! We almost went from the frying pan into the fire. By God’s Grace and mercy, we have been saved again out of the charismatic NAR lies. We have since been in the Truth.

    I have been quite alone with my story. I have been devastated at realizing how I fell for many many lies and how this is happening to many people and that with our struggle not being against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12) so many people do not realize what’s happening when things happen in their lives. They look for answers in places that where the ones offering the help are also often in half-truths or lies.

    To me it seems, on the one hand, those in the helping roles/professions or ministries either, on the one hand, humanize everything and do not know our struggle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12) and on the other hand some understand Ephesians 6:12, yet they either operate outside of the Vine (John 15) under people who call themselves apostles, and doing all the NAR things and/or battle the devil themselves and teach others to do so too, engaging in what they call spiritual warfare, which is against what God says we must do. “But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9).

    What I have learned is that our battle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12), demons can and do attack people and their lives, which can seem like human choices or behaviour and can land people up at psychiatrists and psychologists or pastors’ counseling offices, but that our only protection and freedom or warfare is to come into submission under God, (James 4:7) into Biblical boundaries and to wear the armor of God (Ephesians 6).

    What I also learned is, walking in Biblical boundaries also means understanding the fineness of sin such as idolatry and occult, and how this can be missed even by Christians who think it is okay to say something was “magical”, or that yoga and pilates are okay. . . . I feel sad that many people are being led astray and ill-prepared, if they even are being prepared, for what to watch out for, by places called churches. People are shown wrong paths, or follow wrong paths and when things happen are offered help that is often not in the Truth or working with the only Truth either. The Bible warns us against attacks 1 Peter 5:8, that our struggle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12), that there will be much deception, that the “thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10. That “wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” Mathew 7: 13-14

  6. Kathryn

    If the words in Young’s book, Jesus Calling, are actually the words of our Lord, then they would be on par with the Bible. Authoritative and divine. Without error and all sufficient. How can anyone not see through this deception? Her book is a tool to bewitch believers.

    Thank you for this much needed article on testing the spirits.

  7. T. I. Miller

    The majority of Christians hold to the truth that salvation is by faith plus nothing.
    In spite of possible periods of doubt, we stop seeking for any other ways to salvation. We know that Jesus is the way the the truth and the life, period.
    It is a confused and ill informed mind that seeks a closer walk with God using anti-biblical means. The command by Jesus to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God implies exclusivity.
    We are all also commanded to see to it that we never ever allow ourselves to led astray by man made clever and deceitful teachings.
    Christianity is exclusive while Hinduism is the opposite. This deception was proceeded with another Hindu deception. The church leaders confuse biblical unity within the church with tolerance for accepting subjective truths.
    The church has veered away from biblical objective unwavering absolute truth. That has been replaced with the fear of offending anyone over anything.
    In the end it is no more than a sophisticated version of, “Hath God said”?
    The bible tells us how to have a deeper walk, ” deny yourself pick up your cross and follow Jesus”.

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