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Part of the Christian’s responsibility, under grace, is to guard himself (and others he knows) against religious deception. Hence, to spiritually test everything is a wise thing to practice. This is especially important in our day with many false prophets and false teachers. To guard oneself like that, such a person will have to test the concept(s) in question to the standard of God’s truth (the Bible). In other words, he will have to compare a teaching he hears such as the anti-Calvinistic concept—Jesus died for all of mankind— to Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16,17). [Since Calvinism rejects that Biblical concept, it fails this legitimate test for our day.] One Scripture which directly addresses that issue is 1 John 2:2:
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
(Other similar Scripture can also be cited.) Since the standard of truth reveals that the teaching: Jesus died for all of mankind is true (and Calvinism, therefore, is false) we are also commanded to hold on to those truths, for they are good, having passed the test:
Test everything. Hold on to the good. (1 Thess 5:21)
NOTE: Christians are commanded to hold on to tested truth only. That is important to remember! Many religious people are holding on to doctrine they never tested with Scripture and should reject. They think things are true when they aren’t—things like the pre-trib rapture, infant baptism, the Prosperity Message, etc.). All such proponents as those have done is hear it taught, allegedly based on Scripture, by a preacher or author! On that basis, the following groups (with contradictory messages) would all be endorsed as sound: Jehovah's Witnesses, Calvinists, Church of Christ, etc. for they all use Scripture, yet these same groups are spreading dangerous and contradictory teachings. As stated elsewhere, even the devil can quote Scripture! That fact should drive us to carefully examine what the Bible says about any given subject. To be wrong is be open to SOUL damning danger. We must, therefore, test everything.
One of the primary reasons multitudes of people are wrongly trusting in religious figures for spiritual truth (which will affect their SOUL) is because those people are in a place of influence, where they should not be. When I was a Catholic, we all trusted our priest, who we also wrongly thought could forgive our sins. In the non-Catholic religious world, a similar misplaced trust is widespread to the detriment of even some God fearing, but dangerously gullible people. Too many people seem unaware that many get in a teaching position merely because they are rich or have influential family members in that same congregation or because they have musical talent—not because they are spiritually qualified. The devil can easily (and does) use such a person!
Dear reader, for your SOUL’S sake, learn the New Testament by directly reading, memorizing and pondering the truths stated in it. There is no substitute for this. Do NOT fully trust even the closest loving family member for Biblical truth because he or she may be sincerely wrong. You must test everything with the Bible carefully.
In other words, even doctrine from one’s twin brother or sister should be evaluated by scripture (which doesn’t take away from your love for them). For example: If one’s twin was converted into a false belief system such as Mormonism, the other twin is being righteously wise to test with the Bible their strange view of eternal life, etc. and flatly reject it all. That same twin can then help free his brother or sister, whom he/she loves, from that dangerous spiritual deception. Part of our responsibility to test everything is to test every spirit:
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
Neglect in these areas has resulted in false doctrine and SOULS being damned. Read Scripture for yourself from several reputable and understandable translations. Do NOT consider the so-called study aids, which are often laced with FALSE DOCTRINE. Don’t trust any commentary either. Let the Holy Spirit guide and teach you, as you sincerely draw near to God. Such worked for centuries past and is surely not outdated now.
Hold On To Tested Truth
Getting back to 1 Thess. 5:21, after a doctrine has been tested and proven true, hold on to it to the point where it affects your goals and behavior. That is when the spiritual blessing will flood on to you and others in your circle of influence. (Especially do this with the believer’s conditional security and living obediently.)
Recently, a Catholic wrote in about John 6:53 with the typical Catholic literal interpretation of eating Jesus’ body and blood. Few seem to realize how a wrong interpretation, such as that, has led to false doctrine—the worship of the communion wafer as God Himself (called the Eucharist) in Catholic circles. Clearly, idolatry is being spread in that manner because of church tradition based on a faulty interpretation. It occurs because people are not testing teachings. (I was there once in the past myself because I didn’t test everything as I should have.)
If you are Catholic or non-Catholic, have you tested for yourself that important doctrine embraced by nearly 1 billion people in the world? You can observe one way to do that from an actual Catholic email and the Biblical response. Click Eucharist.
To test a teaching, consider the context and look up all related Scriptures on the given subject. For example, to look up eternal life (or everlasting life) in every Scripture and record your finding will be very enlightening and destructive to the typical faulty view of salvation taught by the once saved always saved people.
It is Christian to be cautious and not just accept what others teach. It is not being unloving, judgmental or hateful. You are OBEYING God (and being wise) not to be gullible!
We must be alert—testing and holding on to the good, or we’ll be devoured by the devil (1 Peter 5:8). This is a raging battle and it is for all eternity. This is not a practice drill. This is the real thing and the one and only earthly life you’ll ever get. How you live and believe will affect your entire future beyond the grave. Take this seriously. Test everything, for eternity is a looooong time.
GOD BLESS YOU.
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