Monday, 24 May 2010

Identifying the wolves

I realised in my last post I talked about false prophets but didn't talk about how to identify them. It's mainly because, though we have been taught a lot about it over the last few weeks, I didn't really know how to explain it. Here's my attempt now:


1 John 2: 20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[d] 21I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. 23No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.


and..


1 John 4:  1Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.


Essentially, 'Preach Jesus', but I couldn't think of a way to put it until I stumbled across this quote by Mark Driscoll:


"Jesus’ name should be spoken repeatedly throughout a sermon so that it is clear which God you are speaking of. Jesus should be the hero of every sermon, the answer to every question, and the hope for every person."


When a teacher centralises anything or anybody over Jesus (and this could be himself or, harder to identify as false teaching, the Holy Spirit) then he does not have the Spirit of God or the Father and is a false prophet and a wolf in sheep's clothing. We are constantly watching out for them here and one of the central aim's of AIM's work here is to teach the people of Mbarara how to spot liars and know God for who He really is.


(I found a great article on 1 John 4 that beautifully explains this concept. It's a bit long, but well worth a read.)

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