Church Sanctioned Methods of Testing the Spirit of a Teaching... As we are Commanded to do!
By: Sharon Lee Giganti, 2008©
(Note: This list is far from complete- but should at least give you a good start!)
"Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. " - - - - 1st John 4:1 NAB
"Deception is possible in spiritual phenomena and may be tested by its relation to Christian doctrine (cf 1st Cor 12:3): those who fail to acknowledge Jesus Christ in the flesh (some ancient manuscripts read . "every spirit that annuls or severs Jesus. ") are false prophets and belong to the antichrist. Even though these false prophets are well received in the world, the Christian who belongs to God has a greater power in the truth. . " - - - - From the NAB footnotes re: 1st John 4:1-6
THERE IS TO BE NO NEW REVELATION:
Canon 66: According to Canon Law. . ." No new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ. "
THERE IS TO BE NO " SURPASSING" OR CORRECTING THE REVELATION OF CHRIST:Canon 67: According to Canon Law... Christian faith cannot accept "revelations" that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such " revelations" . - - - -See Paragraph 67 of Catholic Catechism
THE DENIAL OF ORIGINAL SIN IS NOT OF GOD:
According to the infallible dogma of the Church: " If anyone asserts that Adam's sin harmed himself alone and not his posterity, and that the holiness and justice received from God which he lost, was lost for himself alone and not for us too; or that stained by the sin of disobedience, he passed on to all mankind death and bodily punishment but not sin as well, which is the death of the soul, anathema sit. "
- - - The Council of Trent, Decree on original sin
THE TRUTH IS NOT IN ANY SPIRIT THAT DENIES THE REALITY OF "SIN"
According to 1st John 1:8-10 "If we say we have no sin, - - refusing to admit that we are sinners - we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth (which the Gospel represents) is not in us - does not dwell in our hearts. " . . ." If we say we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us - the Divine message of the Gospel is NOT in our hearts. " - - - -
ANY SPIRIT OR TEACHING THAT CONTRADICTS HOLY SCRIPTURE IS IN ERROR.
ANY SPIRIT OR TEACHING THAT CONTRADICTS THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC MAGISTERIUM IS IN ERROR.
THOSE CLAIMING TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST, BUT DO NOT KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE DECEIVED AND MIGHT DECEIVE OTHERS --
According to 1st John 2:1 "The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments. Those who say, "I know him", but do not keep his commandments are liars, and the truth is not in them. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him."
ANY SPIRIT WHICH SAYS JESUS CHRIST DID NOT COME IN THE FLESH IS NOT OF GOD --
Meaning: any spirit which denies that the historical and Biblical Jesus of Nazareth was both God and Man, is not of God. Any spirit which denies the incarnation. . . any spirit that denies God became man on Earth in the person of Jesus Christ, is not of God. The most common way you'll hear this false view expressed is the statement: "Jesus was a great teacher and prophet, but he was not God". . . or. . . "Jesus was just a man like any one of us, but a man who achieved enlightenment" . . . or "Jesus never claimed to be Divine-Jesus never claimed to be God". These false ideas express the error: "Jesus was not the messiah."
THE SPIRIT OF ERROR IS PRESENT IN ANY TEACHING THAT UNDERMINES OR CONTRADICTS THE APOSTLES (Either their teaching in the Gospels or in Apostolic Tradition) --
1st John 4:6 says, "He that knows God, hears us. (The pastors of the Church that Christ founded). By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error."
Mathew Arnold, the Creative Director for St. Joseph Communications, rightly states, "But even those pastors must remain in the spirit of the Church, as St. Paul warns, even those who profess to be Catholic can become deceived and begin to teach a 'contradictory gospel'". In Galatians 1:8 St. Paul says,"But though we (the pastors of the Church) or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema." (Some versions read, "If we, or even an angel from heaven preach to you a gospel other than the one we have preached to you. . . let him be anathema." (Anathema refers to something excommunicated, or like "a cursed thing") "Therefore", says Arnold, "It is only agreement with the tradition of the Church that guarantees you are reading Scripture in the Spirit by which it was written." (see 2 Thess. 2:14 Douey Reims Bible)
God bless you and. . .KEEP THE FAITH!
"And they defeated the enemy with the blood of the Lamb, and the words of their testimony. . ." Rev. 12:11
"Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness but instead, expose them. . ." Eph. 5:11
Note: All quotes from A Course in Miracles are from the combined three volume 1992 edition, published by The Foundation for Inner Peace (Now called The Foundation for A Course in Miracles)
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