Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Trying Spirits

1 John 4:1 KJV
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

I wonder how often we "try the spirits" any more? Is it possible that we have come to the place where we feel like the spirits have already been tries and divvied up into their respective camps
  • The Jehovah’s Witness spirits
  • The Mormon spirits
  • The liberal theology spirits
  • The charismatic spirits
  • The progressive spirits
And, of course
  • The Independent Fundamental Baptist spirits
Is it possible that we have come to trust that if it has the label we approve (in my case that would be IFB) that we assume it is a good spirit and accept it without question?

I have noticed a ton of difference among the various types of "spirits" in the IFB churches
  • Confidence/cocky
  • Compassionate/compromising Humble/self deprecating
  • Angry/attacking
  • Selfish/prideful

  • Honest
  • Spiritual
  • Social
  • Private

Perhaps it is time we once again try the spirits; those in our churches and those we find within ourselves. 

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