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March 31, 2009

Tests To Determine If Someone Is Of God

—————–Try The Spirits——————

by David J. Stewart

1st John 4:1,2…

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.”

The word “try” means “to test.” Hence, we are to TEST the spirits. What does the Bible mean by “spirit.” All human beings are spirits. The Devil is a spirit. The demons are spirits. The angels are spirits. God Himself is a Spirit (John 4:24). We are spirits in a physical world. There is a great spiritual battle taking place. Ephesians 6:12 states, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Thus, every book, every movie, every writing, is produced by a spirit, the human spirit. Ephesians 2:2 teaches that Satan has influence upon the unsaved spirit (person), “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” So we see that there are different spirits at work. 1st John 4:13, “Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.” A clear distinction should be made between “the spirit (Satan) that now worketh in the children of disobedience,” and the Holy Spirit of God.

1st John 4:2 is Only a Test Starting Point

It is important to understand that the test specified in 1st John 4:2 is only a starting point, not a conclusive test. We are told that “Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.” Obviously this cannot be a final test because many false religions believe that Jesus is the Christ, i.e., the Saviour. Every Catholic believes that Jesus is the Christ; BUT, they are all bound for Hell because they are trusting in their good works and the Church to save them. Ephesians 2:8,9 and Titus 3:5 plainly teach that good works CANNOT merit anyone salvation. Seventh-Day Adventists believe that Jesus is the Christ; BUT, they teach works salvation and that Christ’s work of redemption still isn’t completed. So it’s important to test the spirits with the ENTIRE Word of God, not just one simple test. God is simply providing us with a starting point in 1st John 4:1,2. One billion Muslims would fail this first test, because they don’t believe Jesus died on the cross. The Koran states that Jesus was kidnapped, and another crucified in His place. Muslims also teach that God has NO Son. 1st John 2:22 calls them LIARS and ANTI-Christs for denying that Jesus is the Christ.

There are Other Tests Required to Determine if Someone is of God or Satan

The tests we should give to a person’s faith, based upon the Word of God, to determine whether or not they are a legitimate Christian, is:

  1. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven? (John 14:6)
  2. Do they believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ? (Isaiah 7:14)
  3. Do they believe that Jesus is God Almighty? (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-3,14; 10:33, 1st Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 1:8)
  4. Do they believe that Jesus is the Son of God? (John 3:16)
  5. Do they believe that Jesus died upon the cross? (John 19:23; Hebrews 12:2)
  6. Do they believe that Jesus was buried, and rose again physically after three days? (1st Corinthians 15:1-4)
  7. Do they believe that Jesus ascended bodily into Heaven after His resurrection? (Acts 1:9)
  8. Do they believe that it is Jesus’ blood which takes our sins away, and not just the death of Christ? (Colossians 1:14; 1st John 1:7; Revelation 7:14)
  9. Do they believe in the Godhead (Trinity): God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? (Romans 1:20; Matthew 28:19,20)
  10. Do they believe that Jesus is a member of the Godhead, equal in every capacity? (Colossians 2:9)
  11. Do they believe that Jesus is perfect, never having sinned even once? (2nd Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15)
  12. Do they believe that Jesus existed in Preexistent form, before He came to the earth? (John 8:58; Revelation 1:8)
  13. Do they believe in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ upon the cross, Who died in our place? (1st Peter 2:21)
  14. Do they believe that Hell is a literal place that burns with fire, to punish all Christ-rejecters? (2nd Thessalonians 1:8; Revelation 20:8,11-15;)
  15. Do they believe in a literal Heaven, for the saved to go to? (John 14:1,2; 2nd Corinthians 5:8)
  16. Do they believe that Jesus Christ is the Creator of the universe? (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16)
  17. Do they believe that Jesus Christ always existed? (Revelation 1:8; John 5:58; Hebrews 7:3)
  18. Is Christ’s work of atonement completely finished? (Hebrews 9:26)

The answer to every question above should be a confident “YES!”

The answer to every question below should be a confident “NO!”

  1. Does a person have to be baptized to go to Heaven? (1st Corinthians 1:17; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:13)
  2. Do you have to do any good works to go to Heaven? (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5)
  3. Do you have to join a church to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Psalm 118:8)
  4. Do you have to confess your sins to a priest or a minister to go to Heaven? (1st Timothy 2:5)
  5. Do you have to keep the sacraments to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:5)
  6. Do you have to endure or persevere to the end of life to be saved? (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Romans 5:15; Romans 6:23; Romans 4:5)
  7. Do you have to earn your way to Heaven? (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5)
  8. Do you have to pray the Rosary to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 6:7)
  9. Do you have to recognize the Virgin Mary to be saved? (1st Timothy 2:5; Exodus 20:4,5)
  10. Do you have to be religious to go to Heaven? (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Mark 7:6-13)

There are other questions as well; but, these are the main questions. You’ll find that 98% of the people in this world DON’T pass the above tests. Please do not misunderstand this article. I’m not saying we should rudely interrogate people concerning their beliefs. What I am saying is that if someone’s belief’s don’t line up with the Word of God concerning salvation, then they’re not saved. No one who is trusting in their baptism to save them will go to Heaven. No one who believes that Christ’s blood is insignificant is saved. No one who denies the virgin birth, or Christ’s sinlessness is saved. These are all fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. There is MUCH deception today, many false Christs, and many liars. The only true way of knowing whether they are of God or not is to scrutinize their teachings with the Light of God’s Word. No one who prays the Rosary and trusts Mary will ever go to Heaven. No way! The Bible is clear that such repetitious prayers are sinful (Matthew 6:7). Bowing to any statue is a horrible sin (Exodus 20:4,5). If you’ll study the Word of God, instead of following men, then you CANNOT be deceived.

Many False Religions Teach the Basic Gospel

Many professed “Christian” organizations today, put forth a basic Gospel message to the public; BUT, they would fail the above tests. Many false religions are based upon the Gospel. It’s true. The Devil always starts with the truth when he wants to create a lie (Romans 1:25; 2nd Corinthians 11:14), then he perverts it. By adding and removing from the truth, it is corrupted. For Example: Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. However, they deny the deity of Christ, the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, and so many other fundamental Bible doctrines. They are a false religion, children of the Devil. Do you see why it is so important to preach the Gospel, while simultaneously EXPOSING Satan’s works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11)? Yes, we should preach the Gospel; BUT, many false religions also do that, so we need to give people additional information from the Bible. We need to teach people that good works cannot merit salvation, and that baptism is not required to be saved. We must tell them about the lies of Roman Catholicism, and the deadly deception of Seventh-Day Adventism. We must warn them about imposters like Oprah Winfrey, who denies Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven.

We should warn those who need to be warned. If I know that someone is following a certain false religion, like Catholicism, then I’ll make sure to warn them that the sacraments are evil. They need to know! Do you realize that every Catholic believes the basic Gospel? They believe that Jesus’ blood washes our sins away! BUT, they are also trusting the virgin Mary (Our Lady of Fatima), the Rosary, the Pope, the priestly confessional booth, the Church, the seven sacraments, and their good works to save them one day. They’re going to burn in the Lake of Fire if they don’t get saved. Salvation is found ONLY in Jesus Christ, by faith alone in Christ! If you add anything to your faith, then it is NO faith at all, and you will go to Hell. It is for this very reason that I expose so many CCM (contemporary Christian music) artists today. They all speak a vague message, barely even the basic Gospel; while the world plunges into the abyss of Hell. And they say they care about people? No they don’t! They’re more interested in making money.

It’s time for Christians to start proclaiming the Truth of God’s Word. The Gospel is being exploited by many false religions to deceive the ignorant and unlearned. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is His death, burial, and resurrection; BUT, the “good news” also teaches that salvation is a FREE GIFT which absolutely cannot be merited in any way (Romans 5:15; 11:6; Ephesians 2:8,9). So the good news of Christ is no good news at all when you REQUIRE people to get baptized, join a church, keep the Sabbath, make a commitment, walk a church isle, perform good works, confess sins to a priest, tithe, persevere to the end, or partake of sacraments. The good news (Gospel) is that you DON’T have to do anything to be saved, just place your faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour to forgive your sins. Jesus already did everything for us at Calvary, all we need to do is rest in His finished work of redemption. It’s as simple as this: We are sinners, and Jesus is the Saviour.

Again, If you’ll study the Word of God, instead of following men, then you CANNOT be deceived.



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4 Comments »

  1. Ask any professing Christian if he believes the gospel, and he is sure to immediately respond with a resounding “Yes!” But press that same person to explain just what the gospel is and, if he is able to reply at all, he will almost certainly give a wrong answer!

    This is shocking! Jesus Christ commanded that true Christians repent and believe the gospel. How can one believe it if he doesn’t even know what it is? Jesus also commissioned His disciples to preach the gospel to the whole world (Mark 16:15). Again, how could they, unless they understood the gospel message to begin with?

    Further, God inspired the apostle Paul to pronounce a double curse on all who would teach a gospel other than the true message Jesus brought (Galatians 1:8-9). Many of this world’s churches are in danger of bringing such curses upon themselves and their followers simply because they don’t know what the true gospel is!

    Let us prove, using God’s inspired scriptures, just what is the true gospel message.

    By far, the most common mistake has been to take the words “gospel of God” and apply them to a different, false message from the one brought by our Savior. Usually, churches preach a message about Jesus—about His birth, life and death.

    Some preach the subject of law and grace—usually underscoring that “obeying the law is not a prerequisite for salvation”—as the gospel message. This, too, is erroneous.

    Actually, the plain truth about the gospel message is simple and easy to explain, although it has been forgotten by this world.

    The English word “gospel” comes from the word “God-spell,” meaning good news. Even this is usually understood by most churches. But what is this “good news” all about?

    No clearer verse can be found to answer that question than Mark 1:14. Read it in your own Bible: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.”

    There it is: The gospel is the good news of the coming Kingdom of God!

    This message of the Kingdom of God is not preached by the world’s churches, and hence they do not understand the truth about that glorious Kingdom. Yet, that Kingdom is spoken of throughout the Bible!

    The prophet Daniel speaks of this Kingdom in Daniel 2:44: “And in the days of these kings [i.e., a prophesied end-time empire of united nations] shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”

    Isaiah the prophet also speaks of this kingdom: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder…. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

    Many other verses could be cited. It is quite clear that what the prophets speak of here is indeed an actual kingdom, with laws, rulers, domain and subjects—not some ethereal place set up in “the hearts of men.”

    The Kingdom of God is a literal kingdom to be set up here on planet earth during the 1000-year reign of Christ after His second coming. It will break in pieces the kingdoms of this world and rule the physical nations of this globe, with Jesus Christ as the head. It will be a time of great peace, prosperity and tranquility, when all of God’s perfect laws and ways are administered (Isaiah 11:1-10; Micah 4:1-5).

    As the New Testament emphasizes, those who are saved will rule with Jesus Christ over these nations as kings themselves, but with eternal life as spirit beings (Revelation 3:21). And, astoundingly, Hebrews 2:6-7 says men are now only a little lower than angels! The saints will be made greater than angels! They will be members of God’s own family, on His own plane of existence, hence God- beings themselves, under the Father and the Son (Romans 8:12-17; 1 John 3:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58).

    Therefore, the Kingdom of God is, in its spiritual sense, the government of God—administered by the family of God, a family whose members are on the God level. (For further proof, request our free booklet God Is a Family.) When the time comes in God’s plan when all physical humans who will qualify for that Kingdom have qualified and have been “born again” into that family, then the Kingdom will comprise only spirit beings who are literal children of God.

    That is truly breathtaking news! It is the same message of good news—the only gospel—which Jesus Christ brought. In today’s chaotic and problem-ridden society, the very best news you can hear is the good news of the Kingdom of God.

    Jesus Christ was the divine messenger who delivered the Father’s message (John 12:49-50; 14:24). He is called the “Word”—the communicator of God’s great plan for humanity. He had no doubt about what comprised the gospel. He preached it everywhere He went (Matthew 9:35; Mark 1:14-15).

    The apostles were not confused about the message either. They knew the gospel was a message about the Kingdom of God (Acts 8:12; 19:8; 20:25; 28:23, 31). They prefaced their preaching with explanation of Jesus Christ as the Messiah—the “messenger of the covenant” who was expected (Malachi 3:1-3)—and they used the undeniable reality of the resurrection to prove it.

    The original apostles knew the gospel was not merely about the person of Christ, but about what He said. It was the gospel of the Kingdom (Matthew 24:14), and it was preached to Jews and gentiles alike (Acts 10:34-38).

    Before His crucifixion, Jesus Christ commanded Peter and the other disciples to preach the gospel. “Then he called his twelve disciples together… and he sent them to preach the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:1-2). Later, He sent out 70 more men to preach the same gospel (Luke 10:1-2, 9). After the resurrection, before miraculously ascending to heaven, Jesus again taught His disciples about the Kingdom (Acts 1:3).

    During the first 20 years after the Church was founded in a.d. 31, a fierce controversy arose as to whether the gospel was about Christ or Christ’s message. A great false church rose to teach a false gospel about the person of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 13-15). From that time on, a spurious gospel was preached in the name of traditional Christianity, by which Satan deceived the whole world (Revelation 12:9).

    God’s one true Church, however, has not forgotten the truth about the gospel of the Kingdom of God. God raised up a man in this end time to take His gospel message around the world as a witness. This human messenger was prophesied to come on the world scene shortly before the return of Christ (Malachi 3:1; 4:5-6; Matthew 17:10-11).

    Revelation 3:8 talks about a Church with little strength, few in numbers, but which has kept the word of God and not denied the truth. Jesus promises to set before that Church an open door to preach the gospel until the work of the Church is completed. It is a small Church which is “prophesying again” a message from Almighty God to many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings (Revelation 10:11).

    The churches of this world are teaching a false gospel—in complete ignorance of the family of God. What a pity! And what a curse this ignorance has brought them.

    The gospel is the good news of the coming Kingdom of God and the all-powerful God family which will rule the earth. It includes the details of salvation and of how one can be born into that glorious Kingdom. How inspiring!

    This world’s temporary loss of the meaning of the true gospel may sadden those who patiently wait for God’s Kingdom. Yet we may rest assured in the knowledge that, nonetheless, the Kingdom is one step closer to being here every day! •

    Comment by Mahalia — April 28, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  2. Mahalia, Thanks for your point of view. However , please keep your comments brief. That said…salvation can never be earned by obeying the law. We are saved to do good works!

    Good Works and Saving Faith

    “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works , lest any man should should boast” (Eph. 2:8, 9). Works have nothing to do with salvation, but we are saved to do good works! ” For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2 :10) .
    Our passport to Heaven is having Christ as our Savior, but our reward in Heaven is which for how we live for Him. Saving Faith always produces good works. ” They which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works” ( Titus 3:8). We are justified before God by faith in Christ; we are justified before man by how we live. ” Faith without works is dead” (James 2:14). “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can [that kind of] faith save him?” (James 2 :14).
    Saving faith must produce fruit. Good works are an outward sign to others that we are in Christ. “By their fruits ye shall know them” (Matt. 7:20). Faith without works is not saving faith ; it is a dead profession of salvation, not real possession of the Savior.
    In Summary :
    Faith in Christ is the root; works are the fruit
    Faithful Christian = good fruitfulness for Christ
    Unsaved religionist = false fruit
    Unsaved person = no fruit
    Unfaithful Christian = hardly any fruit

    Comment by jasmine71 — April 29, 2009 @ 7:41 am

  3. Well said, Mahalia. Good to hear from you again.

    Comment by Charity — April 29, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

  4. Hi Charity, Thanks for visiting my posts. That said, not everything Mahalia says in his comment is one hundred percent correct .

    Comment by jasmine71 — April 29, 2009 @ 10:07 pm


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