2Peter 2:2, “And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed”
2). Elevation of experience above the truth in the bible.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:24, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect”. Just because someone shows signs and wonders or appears to show them does not necessarily mean they are true teachers/prophets. When Aaron cast down Moses’ rod and it turned into a serpent, pharaoh’s men, magicians did the same. Jesus warned that we should not be excited about signs and wonders above other crucial matters because people can easily be deceived. Even when 70 disciples came back from a mission in Luke 10 and were excited of the outcome of their mission because even demons were subject to them, what did Jesus say?, Luke 10:20, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
In our time, it’s easy and we see people elevate experience (feelings) above the word of God, I see this mostly in the word faith movement, to quote Justin Peters, “One of the fundamental problems of the word faith movement, faith preachers and those who follow this movement is they interpret the bible by what they experience, rather than interpreting their experience by the bible which is how it should be”. For this reason you hear the words, “thus says the Lord”, “I’m speaking prophetic words” all in the name of the Holy Spirit even if it contradicts the word of God. The mystic feeling, people fascinated with the spirit world and feeling that testing the spirits is rarely exercised.
What is the work of the Holy Spirit? To get people excited, slain, healed etc?, let’s find out what the bible has to say, John 16:13-14, “13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”
Some five crucial areas we see the work of the Holy Spirit:-
1). When He comes, He will guide us in ALL TRUTH of God’s word – In other words, He will not speak to us something else other than the word of God. He will open our eyes and understanding to know God’s word. The Holy Spirit was not bringing any NEW teaching but to declare the revealed.
2). He will not speak on His own authority – but whatever He hears He speaks, “Where the Holy Ghost is actually in control, Jesus is proclaimed the Head – the Holy Ghost, His executive.”, David Wilkerson.
3). He will tell us of things to come as instructed – Yes He is God who co eternally exist with the Father and the Son in the same rank, yet He has His position.
4). He will glorify Christ – He will take what is Christ’s and declare it to us. “There seems to be a great danger of losing sight of the fact that Jesus was ‘all in all.’ The work of Calvary, the atonement, must be the center for our consideration. The Holy Ghost will never draw our attention from Christ to Himself, but rather reveal Christ in a fuller way. We are in danger of slighting Jesus – getting Him ‘lost in the temple,’ by the exaltation of the Holy Ghost and of the gifts of the Spirit. Jesus must be the center of everything.”, Frank Bartleman
5). He does the work of regeneration – anyone who does not preach sin, judgment, righteousness etc, in reaching the lost has excluded the Holy Spirit from His work of convincing, convicting, converting and containing souls, John 16:8, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:” The Holy Ghost came to put the spotlight on Christ and not Himself. When the Holy Ghost is lifted above Christ, believers are out of line. When the experience is lifted above the word of truth, we are trading on dangerous territories however glamorous the experience might be.
What is a true Holy Ghost meeting? Is it where people all speak with tongues? Or where people are healed? Where saints jump for joy? Where saints are prophesying? More – much more than that! It is where Christ is being exalted, where His holiness pierces the soul, where men and women fall before His holy throne, broken, humbled crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The moving of the Holy Spirit is empowering us to move closer to Christ, deeper in Christ, with a greater submission to His Lordship!
Christ is made a stranger in our midst when we want His POWER more than His PURITY! Who is the man or woman of God who has power? Is it the one who can heal the sick and raise the dead? Is it the one who can best talk in tongues and prophesy? Is it the one who draws the most people and builds the greatest church? No! The one with the power – is the one with the purity! “… the righteous are bold as a lion.. ” (Proverbs 28:1 KJV), to continue Blessings Ev