I wanted to follow-up on the “Courage to Speak” blog posted yesterday by touching on a verse in the Bible quoted in the email I received. The verse is found in the New Testament in I John 4:1and it reads:
“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.”
In this verse, the word test comes from the Greek word dokimadzo, which means literally to put to the test, to approve by testing, to examine.
This verse tells us not to believe every spirit, but to examine every spirit to see if it is from God. Why? Because false prophets are among us.
This verse is not a justification for error in prophesy. It does not speak of a mixing of humanity and Divinity that causes a justifiable amount of error in prophecy. In fact, it gives us a clear indication that false prophesy comes from false spirits and true prophesy comes from the true spirit of God.
Simply stated, a prophetic word from the Lord is one hundred percent true and a false spirit will never prophesy with one hundred percent accuracy. If any part of a prophesy is incorrect, the entire prophesy is incorrect and the spirit behind it is false. God does not speak in half-truths.
When you hear Mike Bickle of IHOP or any other spiritual leaders preach that it is acceptable for prophetic words to be inaccurate, this is an Anti-Scriptural theology and you should run from it.