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Friday, April 6, 2012

How To Identify/Test False Gospels/Prophets

by Shannon R. Haas      
          “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
-Deuteronomy 18:22
          “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.  And this the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
-1 John 4:1-3
          “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
-Galatians 1:8-9
What others (cults, etc.) teach versus what God’s Word the Bible says:
Others: Jesus was not God. 
Bible: John 1:1-18; 8:56-58; Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Timothy 3:16

Others: Jesus was created by God.
Bible: John 10:30-38; 17:5; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18

Others: There are three separate gods: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, not one God in three persons.
Bible: Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 7:14; 43:10; 44:6-8; Matthew 1:18; 28: 18-19; 
John 10:30-38; Hebrews 1:1-14; 1 Peter 1:2

Others: Jesus is not necessary because there is no sin.
Bible: John 3:14-17; Romans 3:23-30; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; 1 John 1:8-10

Others: Jesus was not raised bodily from the dead.
Bible: Luke 24:36-53; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:1-23

Others: Jesus was a great prophet, but not God.
Bible: Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18; John 5:17-18, 23; 10:30-38; Colossians 2:9-10

Others: There are many ways to God, not just one.
Bible: John 3:14-17; 14:6-7; 1 Timothy 2:5-6

Others: Jesus is not necessary because people must pay for their own sins.
Bible: John 17:2-3; Romans 6:23; 10:3-10; Ephesians 2:8-9

Others: Jesus died for sins, but people can’t be saved unless they obey all of the teachings of the church.
Bible: John 14:6-7; Romans 10:3-10; Ephesians 2:8-9

Others: Jesus is God, but less than God the Father.
Bible: John 5:17-23; 14:6-7; Colossians 2:9-10

Others: Jesus was just a man.
Bible: Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18; John 10:30-38; 2:18-22

Others: Jesus is not the only son of God.
Bible: John 3:14-17, 36; Hebrews 1:1-14

Others: Jesus will never come again.
Bible: Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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