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We get a lot of email, and try to share as many as we can on our program. Every once in a while we repost them with permission.  The one I’m sharing today is typical of the experiences many of our listeners have when visiting churches for the first time.  Take particular note of how this writer was able to discern the spiritual forces going on in this particular service.

Dear Stand Up For The Truth,

I recently attended a new church in my community that I thought we may like, and was shocked. I prayed that God would strongly lead me and make me aware if this church was for our family or not leading up to that Sunday.

During the service, there were Islamic-sounding phrases that we were told to chant, which completely shocked me and almost send me running.  When verses were presented, they “interpreted these words for us.”  When that was done and at the end of the service there were “healers” and people who preformed “miracles” at the front of the church calling people to come up for healing and miracles. I do believe in healing and miracles through God – absolutely. However, this was offered as a matter of fact, “Just come on up and it shall be done”.

I felt strongly from God that this was wrong. I got an overall dark and uncomfortable feeling as we chose to stay until the end as not to disrupt or be rude. After we left, my husband and I looked at each other without words. We could not believe what we had just experienced. Obviously we did not return, and left completely shocked and almost scared.

We both read our bibles and I pray we will always have out eyes wide open to the absolute truth of God.

I urge people to pray about everything and every choice in their life.

Thank you for giving alerts to all of us,

M_______________

Why was M concerned? Where did those dark feelings come from? As I corresponded with her, I believe M and her husband were able to trust those uncomfortable feelings because of one thing: They had been steeped in God’s Word, and are very familiar with the truth of Scriptures.

As we always say each and every day on our program, take everything you hear, read and experience and hold it up to the Word of God. If you know it, then you will know the Truth, and it will set you free and set you apart.

 

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One Response to “We get letters like this”

  1. While I firmly believe in miracles, the Word DOES have more warnings about deceptive signs, wonders and teaching (in the end times) than it does about genuine signs and wonders.

    You'll know them by their fruits people! The Bible plainly says in Matthew 7:

    “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

    Something we must realize about Jesus’ sermons is that they were a continuous thought, they weren’t just random thoughts and separate subjects brought together just to “fill space”. The Word of God was/is God-breathed. The chapter numbers and the sub-headers in your bible translation were put there by man.

    Now, there is a reason why God put a warning about false prophets and the good fruit/bad fruit dynamic together in the same subject. It is because false prophets work in such deception, that sometimes the ONLY way you are going to tell a good prophet from a bad prophet is through their fruits.

    In fact, in the subsequent verses of Matthew 7, it says:

    "“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

    Up until a few years ago, I never thought this verse could be possible. How could someone use Jesus’ name to do miracles, prophesy and cast out devils unless God was with Him? But we’re seeing it all over the place now.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:00 AM Reply

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