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Old 10-14-2018, 09:32 PM   #24
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Default Re: Discernment of spirits

I understand the different facets of salvation.

However for the topic concerned about who has the Spirit and who does not, who has the genuine anointing and who does not, I think it suffices to constrain our discussion to the salvation of justification by faith alone without works.

You seem to be talking about tests for other aspects of salvation - test of sanctification, test of obedience, test of a faithful servant. 1 John 4:2-3, 1 Cor 12:3, 1 John 4:15 mentions nothing about those.

If we are faced with someone prophesying regularly in the meeting in the Lord's name, we first should apply 1 John 4:2-3, 1 Cor 12:3, 1 John 4:15 to see whether they have the genuine Spirit of God through what the mouth confesses of what the heart believes, before we look at how obedient they are to a set of outward criteria. Their message may even be doctrinally correct, however the anointing may be absent.
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