Darkness cannot cast out Darkness

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In 2009, I came across a news magazine from 1989. It featured an interview with a Ghanaian priestess/”faith healer” who at the time resided in Abeokuta, Ogun State. She had a wide reputation for ‘arresting’ witches and making them confess their deeds.

People from various locations flooded her shrine daily, bringing along different clients whom they wanted to be psychically diagnosed or freed from witchcraft – of course, for a fee.

According to the report, before the day’s work, she would engage in wild ritual dances like someone possessed and even go into a trance to gain the “energy” to fish out witches.

In one instance, she randomly singled out one of her clients, brought her to a certain spot, rubbed her chest with her palm, and the lady suddenly burst into tears, “Yes, I’ll confess. I’m a witch! We go to meetings at night. We shape shift into frogs but they are not ordinary frogs because you can’t see them.”

Now, were those witches really been set free from witchcraft or simply made to confess? There is no credible evidence to believe they were spiritually freed other than the confessions they made.

Such feats have cultural precedents. For example, there is a popular and highly feared deity in the Western part of Nigeria called Ayelala. This deity is well known for its efficacy in punishing offenders of law and order when invoked, and is reputed to catch witches, forcing them to confess their sins in the open.

Ayelala is linked to the water element and she is often praised with chants like “Hail! Chief of the mothers: the mighty and awesome Queen. She, who baths in gin like the foreign men.”

Wait a minute, that sounds a lot like the Queen of the coast, a high ranking demon in Satan’s kingdom.

There’s no way this demonic queen would cause Satan’s agents to be exposed or confess in public – unless, there is a manipulation going on behind the scenes – one that is aimed at furthering the devil’s agenda to deceive, steal, kill and destroy.

This past month, DailyMailTV captured an exclusive interview with Rachel Stavis, who was introduced as a “non-denominational Exorcist.”

Actually, she calls herself the Sister of Darkness: she uses herbs, shamanic rattle, dagger, Tibetan gong, bells and chants to supposedly rid the bodies of her clients of evil entities.

Don’t let her title confuse you, she is a witch; a bumbling satanic witch! She said:

I see manifestations of entities, sometimes they have a face, sometimes they don’t. When I was a child I called them monsters … they still are monsters, these things that have never existed as human beings. I realized very quickly I could see something other people couldn’t. I tried to ignore it, I didn’t feel like it was a gift at all, it was pretty scary and horrible. But there was no definitive guide book for me growing up so I had to create one“.

Like many psychics who have inherited occult spirits from their parents, Stavis sees into the spirit realm through the agency of evil spirits.

Her $1.2 million house in the hills of Studio City, Los Angeles has a Spirit Room filled with an eclectic collection of occult art and memorabilia. Talk about a house with enough “vibes” to make a black witch feel secure.

Stavis claims to have cleansed thousands of tormented people from Hollywood moguls, actors and actresses to stay-at-home moms and politicians from bad entities. But here’s the big question: do shamans, witches and false prophets really cast out evil spirits from their clients? The answer is no.

24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons. 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you (Matthew 12:24-28).

This explains it. Only the Spirit of God Who is greater than Satan and all his demons can legitimately cast them out. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; but a brother or sister of darkness can fool people to believe they are arresting a witch or kicking evil entities out of their clients. This is done by:

1. Forcing a weaker or less intelligent demon out of the client’s body so that a stronger and more intelligent one can occupy it.

The Daily Mail crew witnessed an exorcism session conducted by Rachel Stavis, mentioned earlier. She lights her herbs and the air fills with an oily smoke. She closes her eyes and calls in her ‘master teachers’, before asking the ‘higher beings’ to enter the room. Addressing them directly she said:

I ask you to send your energy through the body and spirit, moving that energy through the body and spirit, identifying any negative entities that do not belong and do not serve and pushing them up and out.”

These ‘master teachers’ and ‘higher beings’ are higher ranking demons. As she invokes them to enter her clients’ bodies, they push out the lower ones and occupy their place.

Even the Pharisees in Jesus’ time understood this. This is why the demons don’t attack Stavis in her work; she is on their side.

Big shot entities operate differently and can stay more concealed within their hosts. This also explains why Ayelala can be used to make witches confess. Only the lower-level witches inhabited by less powerful demons can be so affected.

2. Absorbing the client’s demons

In this case, the witch or false prophet spiritually negotiates with the demon to leave the person and enter into his own body, either for his own operation or for later transference into the next client.

The candidate, of course, feels relieved after such exorcism, but it’s only a temporary relief, because there is no vacuum in the spirit realm. Here is what Jesus said:

24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” (Luke 11:24-26)

Because the person is unsaved and not inhabited by the Holy Spirit, the demons will still have the license to return and take over his/her life.

Sometimes, this operates through a demonic trade-by-barter system, in which the shaman removes the demon of depression from a client and in exchange puts in the demon of debauchery. Satan has no free gift; any seeming ‘good’ he offers is laced with many sorrows and pain.

3. Hypnotizing the client to feign being exorcised.

In this case, the witch simply places a layer of demons into the client to control his/her actions and speech and convince everyone to believe he/she was a witch and is now cleansed.

There is this very popular Nigerian fake prophet (or rather shaman) who is an expert at this. He is reputed to be an exorcist who interrogates witches and all sorts of demonized people almost daily on his TV to thrill his benighted audience.

He applied this method on a certain Nollywood actor who had taken his mother to his church for healing. He controlled and hypnotized him and made him confess to all sorts of things on video which he later came out to denounce.

When such shamans lay their hands on people or fix their demonic gaze into their eyes, they can come under their hypnotic power and act the way the shaman wants, especially if they are not Christians.

Most of the time, these demons are not kicked out at all, they just hide or reduce their manifestations.

The central purpose of these dubious exorcisms is to deceive souls and keep them from repenting or turning from false religions to serve the Lord Jesus Christ who can truly set them free.

 

The Tentacles of the Occult II

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The Tentacles of the Occult part one.

The Daily Telegraph (Jan. 22, 2016) quotes “a proud witch” in Sydney saying, “We do spells, we do potions. When we work, we work in between the worlds. It’s not in this plane.”

They work in secret because they are in darkness and their works are evil.

Those who are in God’s kingdom “walk in the light, as he is in the light” and “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness” (1Jn. 1:7; Eph. 5:11).

God’s servants know Whom they are serving but many Satan’s servants, being in darkness, do not know the true identity of whom they are serving.

God “so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (Jn. 3:18). His giving us His only Son shows us that He also freely gives us all other things.

But Satan never gives his life for anyone but instead demands they give up theirs or those of their loved ones. Like the boy who left a suicide note saying:

Dear Grandma and Grandpa, please forgive me but tonite [sic] is the night I give my life to Satan. I am going to sacrifice myself” (Arizona Republic, March 22, 1998, 6).

He was deceived by Satan to sacrifice himself so as to get a higher place in Hell. He will be shocked to see that there is no “higher place” but eternal torment! Dabbling in the occult is like a fish striking a baited hook. It may get a small reward, but what a great price it pays!

Satan who rules over the occult is “the Father of lies;” a master deceiver; a rebellious fallen angel; the prince of the air and ruler of a vast army of fallen angels and demons (Jn. 8:44, Rev. 12:7-9, Eph. 2:2).

Satan disguises himself such that most entry-level occultists don’t even know he is the source of their powers. They will sometimes argue that they serve Lucifer, the god of good, not the evil Satan Christians describe – even though their books indicate that both names refer to the same person.

In Diabolicon, Lucifer is the name of the archdaimon Satan. In Grimorium Verum, Lucifer is called “the emperor of spirits.” The Magus calls him the “Prince of Rebellion, angels and darkness and ruler of the infernal world.” The Satanic bible says he is one of the “princes of Hell” related to air and the East.

Most interactions in the occult are with evil spirits than Satan because he’s not omnipresent, so his army of demons fill in for him.

This is why a Christian toying with the occult is actually partaking of “the table of demons” and whatever they offer him/her at that evil dining table has serious tragic consequences (1 Cor. 10:21).

In the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses for instance, there are different seals and “tables” of demons from which occult power can be drawn – those in the air, water, fire, earth and the planets. As a person invokes these demons, he/she has to pay the price that comes with it.

Ex-occultist, Romanus Ekeocha, recalls:

In the lodge we made use of so many magickal books … As many members were afraid to tackle the books by themselves, they appealed to me to make them rich, which I later did and they received the repercussion. Some died, while others lost their children, because in Magick, nothing is free. It is of Magick and of pact” (Christian Alive magazine, Vol. 2, No. 14:6).

Any involvement in the occult, no matter how lightly can have serious consequences. A lady described her ordeal after using an Ouija board:

I started to experience strange things. For example, in the middle of the night I’d awaken by the sound of someone running down the hallway and opening or slamming the front door. I would get up to check it out, but there was nothing to see … I would hear someone walking up my bedroom steps and walking across my floor towards me in bed. I would turn around, but no one was there. I would lie in bed and feel the entire bed shake as if it were pushed. Shadows would move across my walls when there was nothing to cast a shadow” (Christian Alive, November/December 2004, p. 2).

Most demons invoked in witchcraft have their specialty, rank, element, sigil and animal emblems. For example:

• Beelzebub is invoked to control the airways, assist martial arts and aid astral traveling.

• Asmodeus (symbolized by the whale) specializes in breaking marriages/relationships and sexual lust.

• Abbadon is used for occult warfare and is summoned in satanic rites.

• Ashtaroth (also called the Queen of heaven), is symbolized as the cobra or lion. She is said to impart divination abilities, offer connections with world rulers and teach occult sciences.

Thoth/Hermes is the demon behind occult healing and magic.

Adrammeleck is a demon of occult destruction and is another name for Molech.

The reality is that demonic spells do not always work. This is why an applicant has to practice blood rituals and human sacrifices to get more power. Thomas Keziah, an ex-witch recalls:

We began by using cats …We practiced cruel tortures on these poor animals for our own pleasure. We got worse and worse the more spirits we called and started to use dogs, pigeons …We sacrificed animals, humans, anything we could get to serve our master Satan. We all grew to love the taste and sight of blood as we powered up to fight our enemies [Christians].”

Occult Subjection Syndrome

When a Christian (or non-Christian) is trapped by occult tentacles, there are certain symptoms and signs that would be seen. Dr. Neil Foster calls this the Occult Subjection Syndrome (OSS). It is an occult penetration – whether superficial or massive – of dark powers into a person’s life. These are some symptoms of OSS:

1. Obsession with death, torture or suicidal themes in speech or writing. Another is an obsession with horror or occult movies.

2. Gothic dressing (black clothing, make-up, hair dyed black and fingernails), use of occult jewelry, strange attires. Some witches are demonically programmed to appear this way, while others aren’t.

Famous witch, Laurie Cabot, belongs in the former category. She told Oprah Winfrey many years ago:

We wear black because it’s a tool – it’s like wearing a rainbow, it draws in light, so it helps us to be more balanced and psychic. We use our tools, we emulate our gods and goddesses by dressing and wearing makeup, and that’s our emulation.”

3. A strange pleasure derived by torturing/mutilating animals or humans.

4. Intense sexual depravity. Sexual restrain is one of the first virtues that is quickly broken down by the occult. Demon worship often opens people up to perverse spirits which lead them into sexual excesses.

5. Heightened interests in or obsession with occult art, books, themes and websites.

In 2009, during my university days, a Christian lady who was hooked on Rosicrucian websites was introduced to me by a mutual friend. When we met, she had a strange aura about her.

I was unable to discuss with her as she brought up arguments that entirely changed the subject. That was a tactic her demons used to divert me. I know better now.

6. Obsession with occult music, lyrics, symbols or paintings. They may have tattoos of such symbols on their body, or use it as their display pictures on social media. They may write strange codes or dark poems in books or journals.

7. Involvement in spells and sorcery. This is evident by finding an altar in the bedroom, often laced with incense, candles or pictures of satanic icons or occult books.

There are also some signs the person shows.

1. Writing/spelling words backwards. This code was also elucidated by Aleister Crowley in his satanic revelation:

Let the Exempt adept first train himself to think backwards by external means … Let him learn to write backwards with either hand … Let him learn to walk backwards … Let him practise speaking backwards; thus ‘I am He” let him say: ‘Eh ma I” (Liber Al vel leges, CMXIII).

This “law of reversal” is also utilized by some occultists in the entertainment world.

2. Personality changes. A naturally kind, jovial person quickly changes into a depressed, slovenly, violent and argumentative persona. Rebellion is usually a vital sign. Some will start to talk like a sage or in rhymes.

3. Becoming very secretive and reclusive. There seems to be a mind control spirit that usually latches itself to people dabbling in the occult. It makes them pull away from everyone – especially from real Christians – and will only make them move with like-minded folks. It is a method used to seal their minds from the truth.

4. Hearing and seeing what others can’t. Most occultists hear demonic voices in their heads.

I know a guy who hears such voices and they would even instruct him on the specific spices to add to his food. Seeing demons physically or sensing the least demonic vibrations is another common sign.

5. Loss of humour. The person habitually wears a dark countenance and lacks normal human emotion. He only responds to the demonic “triggers” planted in his mind.

6. A piercing gaze, or a “lifeless” look in the eyes. It indicates demonic control. In one person I saw, his eyeballs were kind of whiter than normal human eyes.

7. A strong revulsion when the name of Jesus is mentioned or the Bible is quoted. When this happens, such a person would scream, curse, shudder, block his/her ears or fall to the ground. Most will display irrational hostility against Christian churches or the Bible.

8. Abnormal fears or terrifying panic. This is due to demonic torment – both in dreams and reality. Watch out also for abnormal sleeping patterns.

How to be free:

1. Verbally reject Satan and his demons and believe and boldly confess the Lord Jesus Christ as your God and faith in His finished work on the cross (Rom. 10:9-10).

2. Prayerfully confess the sin of pride in seeking occult power and renounce each occult sins/rites dabbled into. Break and renounce all pacts, covenants, commissions, rituals, seals or oaths made (1 Jn. 1:9).

3. Cast out the demon spirits that have taken residence (Lk. 10:19). For those who have worked with or invoked specific demons, each has to be rejected by name and cast out in Jesus’ name. This requires fervent prayer and of course, fasting.

4. Destroy all occult materials, emblems or books by fire (Acts 19:19). Retaining occult materials will keep the bondage intact. Finally, stand firm in your freedom in Christ and don’t be re-entangled in the “yoke of bondage” (Gal. 5:1).

Superstitions and the spirit of Error

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Superstitions have moulded the thinking of many people for centuries. In the West, breaking a mirror, seeing a black cat or Friday the 13th, are all linked with bad luck.

In Japan, houses are built without doors or windows facing the northeast because of the belief that demons from that direction won’t find the entrance.

In the Philippines, shoes are placed beside the dead before burial so that “St.” Peter will welcome them.

In some parts of Nigeria, months ending with “ember” are often linked with tragic events or ill-luck. These are superstitious beliefs rooted in fear and ignorance. Thankfully, science has helped dispel some of them.

During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church used “bleeding wafers” to fool people into believing that they are changing into the real flesh of Christ.

But when microscopes were invented, the supposed “blood” on wafers was found to be red pigment produced by a bacterium (Serratia marcenscens) which grows on wafers kept in damp places.

In Acts 17 when Paul visited Athens, Greece, he saw that the whole city was given to idolatry. Verse 21 described their lifestyle:

For the Athenians and foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or hear some new thing“.

Apostle Paul said to them: “in all things you are very religious” (v. 22).

The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament says that the Greek word rendered as “religious” is deisidaimon which also means “superstitious.” It refers to fear of the supernatural; a practice that was all-embracing and non-discerning, with a reference for all kinds of deities, religious notions, religious fads and religious claims.

The Athenian culture was a system of mindless reverence and mindless religion with a love for newness and novelty. Their religion ministered to art and amusement, and was entirely destitute of moral power. Taste and excitement alone were gratified.

The Christian world today resembles Athens where people chase after novelties and religious fads. These are like “bandwagons” many jump on and circulate all through the Body of Christ until it crashes into a ravine or a more exciting wagon rolls in. If you are in doubt, just read through five popular Christian magazines.

Truth has been sacrificed for what is sensational and exciting. Will it sell? Publish it. Is it groovy? Bring it on. Will it appeal to people’s superstitious mindset? Say it and call it “revelation knowledge.”

All through church history, this weapon diverts people from the simplicity that is in Christ. “Christian” superstition come in different forms:

1. Prophetic manipulation

This is when people are made to comply with a certain belief or act because it’s coming from a prophet/teacher who must never be questioned. This trumps out Biblical discernment and breeds superstition and mind blindness.

In 2014, pastor Daniel Lesego of South Africa ordered his congregation to feast on grasses like a bunch of cows.

Video footage later show Lesego walking on the bodies of his members like doormats and ordering them to drink fuel allegedly turned to apple juice. They all happily obeyed. If his members are not under a spell, they are close to it.

Manipulative folks usually have a ready-made answer to every criticism of their awkward and cruel dictates: “The Holy Spirit told me to say/do it.”

Many Christian ladies in their gullibility have allowed fake pastors and seers to sexually assault them because “the holy spirit” told him that’s the only way such prayers can be effective.

Any gathering where you are being told to wave your underwear to the Lord or allow “the prophet” to kiss you, bathe you at a stream or caress your body parts in the name of “prayer” is not a true Christian gathering.

2. An obsession with supernatural revelations

This is when every spiritual experience or information from the spirit realm is dogmatically accepted as divine and sometimes as the only yardstick of authenticity.

Whether it’s Mr. Bunick who wrote in The Messengers that angels visited him to tell him he is the reincarnation of Apostle Paul or Prophet Hinn who tells his audience of how he received directions for his ministry from a dead Mrs Khulman in a vision, these experiences are never tested, but blindly followed.

In fact, once some Christians hear the word “visions” or “revelations” they are ready to swallow whatever they hear without considering that spiritual revelations can be fabricated by individuals or counterfeited by the enemy.

One of the ways superstitious ideas flow into the church is by interrogating demons speaking through people during deliverance.

One thing I must let you know is that demons are liars and it’s dangerous to believe everything they say. We don’t need to rely on them for knowledge when we have the all-knowing Spirit of God who can tell us what we need to know.

Interestingly, there are some churches today that adhere to certain doctrines on the basis of someone’s vision or a demonic confession without a shred of Biblical or historical authority.

3. Reliance on tokens and talisman

This is a dependence on physical objects or amulet for spiritual protection. Some Christians put their faith in crosses, aprons, “holy” rings, medals, or rosaries believing these will protect them from danger or enemies.

Some drink or bathe with perfumed water; others use pictures of “saints,” “Jesus,” angels or a clove of garlic to supposedly ward off evil spirits.

There are Christians who also place a baby’s head on an opened Bible and pray “to God” with candles or incense.

There are some churches that bury the dead with crucifixes and bibles. A member of such a church said to my hearing, “We bury the dead with bible so that he/she can read it on his/her way to heaven.” The ignorance packed in this statement is huge enough to choke a horse.

The whole idea of using crosses or crucifixes for protection is quite old. It came about when Constantine’s mother, Helena, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 326 A.D. and found three crosses alleged to be those of Christ and the two thieves. The cross of Christ was supposedly identified when it worked miracles.

But here’s the problem: it’s very doubtful Helena would have found the “real” cross of Christ in Jerusalem after 3 centuries because the Jewish law required crosses to be burnt after its use for hanging criminals.

The Encyclopedia of Religion says that while Helena’s pilgrimage was historically correct, her discovery of the ‘original cross’ and the alleged miracle were legendary additions because these details didn’t appear until 440 A.D. (14 years after the event).

It was this fairy tale that made the Roman church endorse the use of crosses in churches and homes in the 6th century.

Since then, many people have looked up to crosses as sources of miracles and talisman to ward off bad luck and evil spirits. Even today, some Christians still place crosses on their lintels for these purposes without knowing the true origin of this superstitious idea.

The New Testament clearly shows that Jesus’ apostles didn’t hang crosses around their necks or carry it in their hands (like those priests in vampire movies). They saw it as a device of death and shame. Their faith was not in a wooden or iron cross, but in Christ and His work accomplished on the cross (1 Cor. 1:17-18).

4. Following weird traditions based on omens and “signs”

Many Christians are programmed to attribute certain things to either good luck or bad luck e.g itching hands, sighting wall geckos, spiders, black cats etc.

Some are taught to avoid clothing with certain colours on certain days or abstain from cooked meat or fish during Easter.

I once read a piece where pastor said if one finds a strand of human hair or an insect in a food, it’s demonic. Some Christians will in fact, reject anything offered to them with a left hand. These are superstitious ideas.

There is no such thing as “good luck” or “bad luck” in Scripture. What the Bible teaches is blessings and curses. The former proceeds from obedience to God and the latter from disobedience.

There is no “neutrality” of luck attached to an omen or “sign”. Just as belief in the truth of God’s Word is necessary to set us free, belief in the lies of the enemy is necessary to enslave (Jn. 8:32).

Satan enslaves people with fear which brings torment and it robs many Believers of their joy.

Once the devil makes you believe you will die because an owl is hooting on your roof at night, he knows that fear can open the door to the demon of death or sickness. But as a believer, when you stand on the promises of God’s Word, you will be victorious.

5. Strange religious practices

These are certain practices – most are blatantly occultic – which are taught in some churches in a bid to “receive miracles” from God.

These include: standing on a Bible during prayer, candle magick, prayers involving rubbing eggs on the body of the candidates and breaking it afterwards, praying nude, placing “prayer water” out in the morning dew for certain days and drinking it as a ritual, weird “prayer postures,” and ceremonial visits to “holy lands,” special mountains or “sacred rivers.”

Some folks will tell you that your prayers can’t be effective unless you visit a mountain. That is an error. God is not limited by geographical location. You don’t need to visit any “holy” mountain or valley or some cave before you can receive from God.

I’ve seen Christians gleefully rolling in and drinking from dirty “sacred” streams at certain locations all because of desperation for miracles! May God cure them of this willful ignorance.

Other examples include: pouring of libation on new cars (an old pagan rite to honour earth deities); prayers with table salt or crystals plus strange usage of the Psalms; wild dances leading to trances, sexually suggestive body contacts (a “prophet” telling you to put your hands around his waist or fondling you during “prayer”); snake handling, spectres of people howling like wolves, purring like 600 pound cats, laughing hysterically like hyenas or braying like donkeys and attributing them to “the Holy Spirit.”

When these practices start creeping in a church or are utilized by individuals in the name of “the Lord made me do it” or “that’s our tradition”, or “an angel told us so” etc., take note: what you have there are “Christian” superstitions and the door is wide open to the demon of error.

How can this issue be addressed?

I. Faith in Jesus Christ. Our faith should be in Jesus and His perfect work on the cross, not in physical objects (Rom. 9:33).

A solid faith in the name and blood of Jesus Christ dispels fear of the unknown; fear of witches and demons (Prov. 18:10). It is faith in Christ that sustains a Christian in the time of trouble, not a chill in his spine or signs in the moon.

II. Faith in God’s Word. Our faith should not be based on our spiritual experiences or a human personality. You can’t be immune to deception if you exalt visions and dreams above Scripture. We have to stop venerating human personalities. God can use an ordinary church worker to minister to you just as much as a world famous prophet. “He sent out His Word and healed them and delivered them from destruction” (Ps. 107:20). God didn’t send out a personality.

III. Imbibe sound Bible doctrines. The Bible warns us to “teach no other doctrine. Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies which minister questions…” (1 Tim. 1:3-4) “Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:13) “Take heed unto thy self and unto the doctrine; continue in them” (1 Tim. 4:16). The antidote to falsehood is presenting the truth.

Show me a church that is not rooted in the truth of God’s Word and I will show you a church that be will be run over by human philosophies and demonic superstitions. It’s only a matter of time. Sadly, many Christians today crave after emotional experiences and ear-tickling messages instead of doctrinal solidity.

IV. Walk in discernment. No teaching or prophecy of a teacher or prophet should be blindly followed unless what he says or writes is in harmony with Scripture and the witness of the Holy Spirit in your spirit. You need to judge what people say: “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge” (1 Cor. 14:9; Gal. 1:8).

Not every vision, miracle or supernatural experience is from God and every doctrine or spiritual experience that is not from the Spirit of truth is from the spirit of error (1 John 4:6).