3 Responses to “Don’t Build Your House on False Prophets or Other Sand Dunes”

  1. John D says:

    Life, Hope and Truth also posted about Balaam the false prophet today in “Balaam“, subtitled “How could Balaam speak on God’s behalf to bless Israel and then advise Israel’s enemies on how to destroy her? What can we learn from Balaam’s life?”

  2. John G says:

    John D,

    Your conclusion mentions what you consider as “the point” when you wrote:

    “…So, whether or not HWA was a false prophet is not the point. Whether or not certain bloggers come and go from certain organizations is not the point. Building your belief system upon the Bible and knowing why you believe the way you do – that is the point…”

    However, I’d like to supplement your point a little bit by saying that most people are not guided by God’s Spirit. Additionally, numerous people, with and without God’s Spirit, do build “their” belief system on the Bible, but still cannot agree with one another. Also, numerous people, with and without God’s Spirit, probably know why they believe the way they do. Then we have Christ’s words (and Stephen’s similar words) to forgive them because they know NOT what they do.

    I think God’s Spirit is the biggest key or point in one’s life, because it is that Spirit that changes a person’s life by opposing another spirit (James 4:5; Eph 2:2; I John 4:6) dwelling within.

    When God’s Spirit is involved, changes occur and they usually work out for good. You gave the example of Balaam above where he spoke some interesting things after “the spirit of God came upon him”. The Bible is full of such examples…for example, there is Samson’s life. In any event God’s will, by His Spirit, was done and God preserved the examples for us.

    I suppose another way of saying this is via Zechariah 4:6:

    “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

    Or, as you pointed out above: “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” Isaiah 40:29

    As you know God is not educating everyone at this time and when He begins something in one’s life (Phil 1:6) He will finish or complete it, so God’s guidance is very important if one is to build a correct, right, or Godly “…belief system upon the Bible…”

    “And the Lord DIRECT your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” 2 Thess 3:5

    Without that Godly direction by God’s Spirit, many, if not most, people will continue to strive to do the best they can with what they have with their own belief system and understanding why they do what they do to some degree.

    And someday the following will be a reality for all of us:

    “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.”
    John 6:45

    Then what we all believe will be built upon the same foundation or “Rock,” because it will not be done by any of our might and power, but….by His Spirit.

    John

    • John D says:

      John G wrote: “However, I’d like to supplement your point a little bit by saying that most people are not guided by God’s Spirit. Additionally, numerous people, with and without God’s Spirit, do build “their” belief system on the Bible, but still cannot agree with one another. ”

      I guess I would put that slightly differently, although certainly God’s Spirit is part of the equation. Without it, they cannot understand the Bible, so therefore I would say they cannot base their belief system on the Bible really.

      People in the COGs supposedly have God’s Spirit, and yet how many are using it, exercising it and growing spiritually?