Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1, New International Version)
Theme: The Local Church
We continue our focus on the Discipline of Counsel. The discipline of Counsel is a valuable resource for all believers. However, we have all heard sad stories about the abuse of this discipline within local churches. This should not dissuade the practice of Counsel, but caution should be exercised.
Today’s passage is 1 John 4:1 (presented above). Where the term ‘spirit’ is used, it can be read as ‘spiritual claims.’
What practical steps do you believe local churches can take to encourage the use of Counsel while discouraging the abuse of the discipline?