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Test The Prophets

John Collins11/07/2012The Bible gives us warning to test the prophets, because many will be led astray by men after their own unknown purpose.  In these last days, with the charismatic-style preachers who build emotional response to their sermons, we must be very careful.  If their words do not match the Word of God, their religion is worthless

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.
James 1:26

We especially need to be careful not to follow after those who speak of angels, going on in detail about their visions, and insisting on asceticism.

Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind
Colossians 2:18

God will protect his own.  If they come as a prophet, and their prophecy fails, they will die.  We do not have to be afraid of them; God will protect us and give us wisdom.

But the prophet who shall speak a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he shall speak in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. And you may say in your heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
Deuteronomy. 18:20-22

At the same time, we should not despise their prophecies -- instead we should test them.  Hold fast to what is Good, matching the Word of God.  Refrain from anything that is evil.

Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:20-22

There is only one means by which salvation can come.  Salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ.  It is nothing that we in ourselves can do, it is unmerited grace that God saves us.  It is a gift.

For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God
Ephesians 2:8

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