Test all spirits and teachers to be assured that they are of Christ

Scripture reference

1 John 4:1–6 (ASV)

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3and every spirit that confesseth not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already. 4Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. 5They are of the world: therefore speak they as of the world, and the world heareth them. 6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he ...

Stories

The scriptural injunction to “try the spirits whether they be of God," helped Arthur Pierson and also a woman in his congregation, to escape the snares of familiar spirits and spiritualism.