“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:
I have recently become aware of a new movement doing the rounds in the Christian world, and it’s not one that you want to adhere to, and one I want to warn others about. It’s one where people say that the Bible isn’t enough, and that we need to place “hearing” the “living” God, and experiencing Him, above the written word.
This is very dangerous as it leads to many errors and many people being led away from truth and right into the hands of lying and deceiving spirits.
The proponents of this movement seem very sincere, but no matter how sincere someone is, they can still be sincerely wrong, and this way of thinking is wrong. I have recently seen a few people who believe this (and have seen people try to correct them, seemingly without effect) and I want to show you why it’s unbiblical and should be avoided.
These people cannot be led to the truth in God’s word if they do not believe that the Bible is enough.
They claim that God speaks to them, but if what they say is unbiblical, they cannot be corrected with scripture because they don’t believe the Bible is enough, they believe that the next step beyond the Bible is hearing from ‘God’ Himself and that makes the Bible almost irrelevant. They say the Bible is still good to read, but it’s more important to “hear” God. (Never mind that they are hearing from lying and deceiving spirits though.) They put what they “hear” from “God” above what is in the Bible, and many times, what they “hear” is in direct contradiction to the Bible.
If someone gets a ‘prophecy, or a word of knowledge, from the Lord, it WILL NOT contradict what He has already said in HIS word.
These people then make themselves the authority, not God, *because you shouldn’t ‘test’ them, or you shouldn’t “come against God’s anointed”. They believe that what they have said trumps the Bible because it has come directly from “God” Himself.
Some also use fear tactics and scare mongering (*like above) to make sure that nobody disobeys them and or questions them.
Beware of these people who teach that the Bible isn’t enough, and that you don’t need to read it, that you just need to listen to and experience God.
These are false teachers!
Jesus is the living Word. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12