Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for 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 from God. – 1 John 4:1-2 ESV
We are called to have discernment. Discernment is the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically. This is not JUDGING, although we could call it a part of judgment. Jesus did command us not to judge others. This most likely is the most widely quoted of Jesus sayings- by NON-Believers- even though it is usually quoted in complete disregard of its context, of its proper meaning. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). Many people use this verse in an attempt to silence their critics, interpreting Jesus’ meaning as “You don’t have the right to tell me I’m wrong.” Jesus is talking about who IS HIS, and who IS NOT HIS. We are called to have discernment, but we are NOT CALLED to decide who are God’s and who are NOT! We never know where God is in the RECONCILIATION PROCESS.
Leader, there are many who start poorly, but finish well. Even the thief on the cross had a death-bed confession and was promised by God to be in paradise with Him based on that confession. And as we know the thief on the cross did NOT live a good life! But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:40-43) We are called to know the difference between people who attempt to say the right things for political, and personal gain and those who BELIEVE IN THE GOD OF THE BIBLE and HIS SON, JESUS. 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 teaches that it is the responsibility of every Christian to be discerning: “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” The only way to know that is to have eyes to see and ears to hear. The ability to see and to hear is the ability to have discernment. In order to exercise that discernment we need to be looking at people’s actions and listening to their words and then comparing those to OUR STANDARD- THE WORD, Jesus.
Conduit, the Bible is clear that devil is WILY. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11) for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14) It is clear to see and to hear that we must discern between SPIRITS- between WORDS and DEEDS. As a matter of fact, failure to distinguish between truth and error leaves the FOLLOWER subject to all manner of false teaching. False teaching then leads to an un-biblical mindset, which results in unfruitful and disobedient living- a certain recipe for compromise. We live in a time when even politicians who MOCK PEOPLE OF THE BOOKS, they still profess to follow our God and even quote scripture to us to get us to COMPROMISE- to get us to deny a true believer and somehow get us to support them, who DO NOT support our GOD! Again, God removes confusion and HE shows us, tells us what the defining factor is. The KEY IS, what do they say about JESUS? Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. Then there is a BIG, ‘AND’. And is a conjunction, that gives equal weight to what is before and after the conjunction. Whereas the conjunction ‘BUT’ negates what was before it, and puts all focus and weight on what comes after the big ‘BUT’. The ‘AND’, is in verse 3; And every spirit that does not confess Jesus- is not from God. This is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. (1 John 4:3) Beloved, ask that person: Do you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you believe He lived a perfect life, suffered, died and was crucified and after three days rose again in the fulfillment of Scripture? Do you believe that the only way to God the Father is through a saving relationship with His Son, Jesus? This is the proper discernment. Even the devil believes in God, even the devils knows some scripture see Matthew 4 and Luke 4 and the ‘Temptation of Christ’. Jesus is the great discernment. They are either for Christ or they are ANTI-CHRIST. And if they are ANTI-CHRIST why would you vote for them, and why would you support them, why would you follow them? But first…DO YOU BELIEVE and support those who BELIEVE? This is the discernment that we are called to in this time of hypocrisy of calling that which is evil-good and that which is good- bad!