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A.W. Tozer : Testing the Spirits

Many tender-minded Christians fear to sin against love by daring to inquire into anything that comes wearing the cloak of Christianity and breathing the name of Jesus. They dare not examine the credentials of the latest prophet to hit their town lest they be guilty of rejecting something which may be of God. They timidly remember how the Pharisees refused to accept Christ when He came, and they do not want to be caught in the same snare, so they either reserve judgment or shut their eyes and accept everything without question. This is supposed to indicate a high degree of spirituality. But in sober fact it indicates no such thing. It may indeed be evidence of the absence of the Holy Spirit. Gullibility is not synonymous with spirituality. Faith is not a mental habit leading its possessor to open his mouth and swallow everything that has about it the color of the supernatural. Faith keeps its heart open to whatever is of God, and rejects everything that is not of God, however wonderful it may be. Try the spirits is a command of the Holy Spirit to the Church. We may sin as certainly by approving the spurious as by rejecting the genuine. And the current habit of refusing to take sides is not the way to avoid the question. To appraise things with a heart of love and then to act on the results is an obligation resting upon every Christian in the world. And the more as we see the day approaching.

8 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Shield of God..

    February 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

  2. I have met a few false Christians and they would grieve my spirit for up to three days. One time I met this false prophet, and my spirit was grieved for three weeks.

    “Thus Saith the Lord? by John Bevere”

    “A False Prophet”


    February 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    • It is sad that so many follow false prophets and don’t seem to understand where they are being led, but the Bible tells us test and leave them behind, it is a simple instruction. Thanks for the links and God bless you Tim!

      February 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm

  3. Wonderful wonderful wonderful !

    February 15, 2013 at 3:40 am

    • Amen and God bless you!

      February 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

  4. Pingback: Day 129: Why I May Not Be a Christian « Finding God in 365 Days

    • Thank you for the link and God bless you finding God!

      February 18, 2013 at 11:17 am

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