The Spirit of Error & the Lying Spirit
1 John 4:1-6
“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, 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. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:1–6, ESV)
I Kings 22:19-38
“Don’t believe everything you’ve heard/read/seen.
“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.” (Matthew 24:23–25, ESV)
Why is it necessary to spend months dealing with the deliverance of demons and warfare against “spiritual forces of wickedness”?
1. Truth exposes lies and errors.
2.Light exposes darkness.
A true shepherd (pastor) exposes wolves.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:1–4, ESV)
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,” (1 Timothy 4:1–2, ESV)
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
2 Peter 3:17
Observations of spirit of error and the lying spirit.
* A lying spirit promotes the spirit of error which produces deceit, destructive heresies and demonic doctrines in hopes of destroying the flock of God.
* Seducing and seductive spirit
* Dilutes the Word of God.
Example: Garden of Eden
* “So you can’t eat from all these tree’s in the garden?”
* “You will not die. You will be like gods.”
* Satan, the father of lies, and a lying spirit speaks lies to deceive.
* Once we believe the lie, we are in error and we are deceived.
“And Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing beside him on his right hand and on his left; and the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said one thing, and another said another. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘By what means?’ And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’” (1 Kings 22:19–22, ESV)