The greatest and most important work of Satan among men now is to counterfeit the doctrines and experiences of God as revealed in Scripture, in order to deceive saints [2 Cor. 11:14-15; Eph .6:10-18; 1Tim. 4:1-7; Rev. 12:9-12].
Men are commanded to prove and test all doctrines and experiences in the supernatural realm to see if they are of God or of Satan [1 Cor. 2:12-16; Phil. 1:9-10; 1 Th. 5:21-22; 1 Jn. 4:1-6].
It is certain that every religion, doctrine, and experience among men cannot be of God. We must therefore, judge them by the plain written Word of God.
The knowledge of truth is the first essential in warfare against demons and error. Great is the danger when believers accept anything and everything in the realm of the supernatural as being from the Lord.
The fact that the believer is a child of God does not stop the devil from trying in every conceivable way to imitate God to him. Believers are the ones Satan concentrates on and wars against.
There are definite ways outlined in Scripture whereby one can detect what kind of spirit is seeking to control him. But if one neglects to study the Word he may fall prey to one of Satan’s demons through ignorance.
It must be realized that ignorance is no guarantee against workings of evil spirits. In fact, this is one of the chief means by which Satan and his force try to control men – through ignorance.
It accounts for their widespread success in getting men to accept their suggestions, doctrines, ideas, leadings, and guidance.
Among the guiding principles useful in detecting good and evil spirits, their operations and doctrines, the outstanding ones are these:
– 1 – Any doctrine that denies or causes doubt and unbelief concerning anything taught in Scripture is from Satan and his demons (1 Tim. 4:1-8. Any religion denying the inspiration of the Bible; the reality of God as a person; the virgin birth and divinity of Christ; His miraculous power and supernatural ministry; the death, burial, bodily resurrection, and bodily manifestations of Christ after His resurrection; the bodily ascension into heaven and coming again of Jesus Christ to set up a kingdom in the world forever; the necessity of the new birth, cleansing from sin and living free from sin; and the numerous other experiences of the Bible – any religion denying these fundamental truths is yielding to “the spirit of error” and not “the spirit of truth” (1 Jn. 4:1-6)
2. Any power, influence, or doctrine that causes one to become passive, inactive, submissive, and unresisting to the workings of supernatural spirits seeking to control his life contrary to the teachings of Scripture, is not of God. The Bible says, “Resist the devil (Jas. 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:8-9). An inclination to approve sin, ignore the necessity of repentance and holy living; and a tendency to remove the penalty for sin or doubt that hell is literal and eternal, are promoted by Satan, not God. Just as God requires truth in the mind for the true working of the Holy Spirit in a life, so the devil requires the believing of lies in the minds of men to hold them in bondage. See 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Cor. 10:12-13; 2 Cor. 11:3-15; Gal. 5:19-21; Gal. 6:7-8; Eph. 6:10-18; 1 Tim. 4:1-9; Jas. 1:22; Jas. 2:10.
3. The Holy Spirit can be recognized by the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Gal. 5:22-23 – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
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