church, deception, discerning the spirits, Ecumenism, evil spirits, exhortation, experience, fake love, false spirits, feeling, God's love, knowing God, love, Nicky Gumbel, obedience, Satan, sin, the devil
God knows how often since October last year I asked Him when this series about discerning the spirits finally would be over. However, I never got a direct response from Him. Instead, He taught me consistently new lessons about dangerous spirits that look so innocent and “holy” on the outside. If this kind of teaching was only a “mind thing”, that would be no problem at all. But God always lets me FEEL those evil spirits, meanwhile even before I meet them. Brothers and sisters, that is not fun!! Yet I believe it must be important to God that we learn to merely listen to His voice and to keep ignoring those other seducing spirits that approach us every day.
Well, that kind of spirit I pointed to in my headline is one of the most dangerous spirits because many people believe this is indeed the Holy Spirit. You can see this kind of spirit somehow freewheeling through Christianity and you can watch people getting happy and merry about knowing “god” through this certain spirit. What are his characteristics then?
(1) The spirit of false unity causes people to never take a stand for the truth. Instead, he seems to be acting according to Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer where He prayed “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (Jn 17:21 ESV) That is quite tricky, indeed. You can watch efforts of ecumenism not only in mainline churches, but also on a personal level in home churches, and even on the internet. This spirit tries to create oneness of mind and/or heart between people by ignoring that Jesus told us, “I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.” (Jn 17:9 ESV) It is not about making more and more people “one” in a sense human reason understands it. Actually, divine oneness with God and Jesus requires having received eternal life by Jesus before (cf. Jn 17:3). This gift eventually enables us to “know” (read love) God and Christ through our own spirits who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. And if God puts us together with someone who has received the same eternal life we have, more and more perfect oneness between these believers will be the outcome. Alas, mere human efforts of ecumenism and of trying to become “one” with others avoid God’s intervention here. If we cannot wait on God, which is indeed quite difficult at times, we might be tempted to create oneness as we see fit by seeking to find some proper people with who we could become one. Whether we feel drawn toward them by our feelings (heart level) or if we simply agree on certain doctrinal issues (mind level), believe it or not, that is mere human stuff and an area where the devil is at work.
(2) Are there different kinds of “love”? Yes, indeed, there are. Perfect agape love is never man-made and we may not confuse it with being touched on a human level when we see someone is hurting to a certain degree. What I meant by “fake love” in the headline was a love that keeps giving and reaching out to others by ignoring the truth. Since there is only one truth (Jesus Christ as The Truth), it should be quite clear that there are not many contradicting truths that could be reconciled through what we call “love” (or our emotions in this case). If there is only one truth, then there are not two, nor three, or even more. The fact that there is so much division in churches and between Christians has to do with the fact that people have become used to listening to spirits of division instead of listening to God. This whole confusion in churchianity has been Satan’s work alone; in fact, he is very good at it. In contrast, the love of God is a much different thing as the apostle John told us here.
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” (1 Jn 5:2-3 ESV)
I am sure that John did not ignore those of us who stumble into sin and repent; he knew that we do such things at times (1 Jn 2:1). However, John, and Jesus before him, made it very clear that the love of God that should be seen by the world consists of both loving our brothers and sisters AND keeping His commandments which God has enabled us to keep, of course (see Phil 2:13). If we, then, try to become one with others who obviously ignore, let’s say only one of His commandments, do we think that God will truly encourage such a friendship or even fellowship with them? 🙄
I will close this article with a hopefully thought-provoking quote by Anglican vicar and Alpha Course founder Nicky Gumbel.
The same Spirit lives in the Catholics, and the Orthodox, and the Pentecostals and the Protestants, even the Anglicans have the same Holy Spirit living within them. That’s what makes us one!
“Same Spirit” does not necessarily mean the Holy Spirit, right? So, it is not a lie at first sight, yet it immediately leads to deception if we only believe what is proposed here. If someone is interested in reading more as to false unity, you could follow this link http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17458.