I have recently crossed swords with a “Bible educated” (seminarian) type, who by spirit, I knew; was not the Lord’s; but rather he was only religious by nature.
Many, many, actual brothers and sisters of the Lord today, are deceived by such people. This is the “inherent danger” which was started when teaching the natural man, the scriptures, which I guess really “kicked off” about 50 AD..? When the Apostle John wrote his letter about many Antichrists’ which were already in the world; and today are wall to wall!
You see, I am guilty sometimes of that Jesus said, never to do: which is in, casting my “spiritual pearls” before swine! This action has never, ever, produced a good reaction, in the least. Yet we all must not only learn to discern ” by what spirit” is someone of; but take it one step further, in trusting our “intuition” – which is spiritual by nature, and not carnal or natural.
Satan continually attempts to stumble, and destroy the actual “sheep” of the Lord, which are elected as a part of His fold. As he (Satan) knows full well how tender hearted the “actual” believer is; in being able to hear our Lord. Whereas, on the other hand, a “goat” (who are Satan’s people) he will scarcely ever bothers with, in his attacks. What would be the point, as they already belong to him..?
I was instructed in Bible doctrines (very personally) for six years, while I served in street ministry. The man who instructed me had a Doctorate in Divinity, Theology, and Psychology. He had spent 22 years in seminary; but more importantly, he was the one God instrumentally used, to start me on my path of learning to walk in the Holy Spirit (who is Christ in us); and about the spiritual world, and the causes and effects all around us, the natural man CANNOT see.
Even by knowing such a “gifted man spiritually”; who had more than just the bog standard gifts of the spirit, (which are found easily in the scriptures), it was quite an undertaking which my Lord undertook; to make manifest “His spiritual workings”, to my natural understanding. It took me decades to “grow into” Christ enough, till I was able to put such experiences to use.
I had started to notice that even the great Rev. Dr. Gross; who had years on me spiritually speaking, and instructed me in the basics of spiritual discernment, would often default to his natural understanding of sociology, when attempting to counsel me on why it was that others around me, would often marginalize me within the “so-called” body of Christ. He would say such thing as it was because of my apparent lack of formal speech, a formal education, I was an embarrassment in social circles, and so forth.
However, as much as a lot of this was true, it was not the root cause of the issue: but rather it was “Christ in me” the hope of glory, which is actually being rejected by the people of the world!
I don’t fault the brother, for what he could see as evident; yet this is why we cannot look unto men, (the arm of flesh) for our direction spiritually; but rather unto our Lord directly.
This is a very hard lesson to learn, especially within “western cultures” where everything is calculated, filed and measured using the mind. Yet, a believer is to have the “mind of Christ”; which is supernatural, or spiritual by its very presence.
Now then, an actual disciple of the Lord; needs to have fellowship, with actual “fellows’ in Christ, and not just merely Bible academics, which destroy ones faith by using the letter: like the scribes and Pharisees of old.. False brethren, “creeping in” are all too common within systematic theologies or “chuuurrrch” especially today. This great age of delusion, or falling away, and with the apostasies of Babylon; have produced false brethren, which are as thick as flies, on a rotten tomato!
We must be led by the spirit of God; the Lord spoke to me this morning.
Whereas the seminary trained “pig” wanted me to show him a Bible verse, in “proving to him” that the Bible was simply confirmatory; (2nd dairy) to actually walking with our Lord, in spirit and in truth “first”.
Romans 8:14-17 (ESV)
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
This is the difference between an actual child of God, and someone who just claims his name today. One is spiritual, the other natural; one is blind, and one can see; one is deaf, the other can hear; and one is dumb, but the other can speak.