Can Someone Born Again have False Knowledge? Here is a series of questions & answers that I thought would be a good addition to this site. If you have any questions, just shoot me an e-mail and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. E-mails are published on this site with permission only. I hope to hear from you.
Do you think it is possible for someone born-again to have false knowledge of the mysteries of heaven that will be rooted up by God?
Yes I do. I believe that some people hear their own inner voice and call it the Holy Spirit. In that case, all they are is mistaken or in error, as opposed to someone deliberately trying to misrepresent the Word or lying for their own selfish reason. I’m not suggesting that we don’t hear Jesus through the Holy Spirit, but there are other things waiting in the wings to take the place of God’s voice if we allow it.
Also, now that I think about it, it can go on demonically too. For whatever the legal reason the demonic entity has crept in, either by something they did, or something their relatives did even generations ago. I said crept in, but that could include possession (internal) or demonic oppression (the three point shot from a distance)
All these are examples of a Born Again believer being deceived. If it were not possible, we wouldn’t need the warning:
1 John 4
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Now talking about God reacting to this, He will indeed root up that false knowledge one way or the other. Just because a believer that loves God is completely wrong about something, doesn’t mean they’ve lost their free gift of salvation. But God is a Father, and he does discipline his children. He may just root up that knowledge and replace it with truth. The believer may have to go through some things in his or her life, but whatever it takes, God will correct, and the less we’re stiff necked about things, the better off we are in correction.
God bless you Brother!
Thanks for the info. Say (for example), a born-again christian finds a strong interest in eye-witness testimonies to cool subject matters. E.g. “the dulce book by Branton” which tells of the goings-on in the Dulce underground military base in New Mexico. Or “the book of Adam and Eve”, like the book of Enoch. He doesn’t necessarily believe everything written in these things, but maybe he likes to read it for the literary content. A lot of the content of these texts may line up with the Bible, other content may or may not be true, but the Bible wouldn’t necessarily indicate one way or the other.
But mainly, this guy’s interest is to understand the history of the Earth, the universe, and humanity, by using the Bible as a foundation, and these other texts as appendices if and only IF they can be supported by God’s scripture and personal revelation from the Holy Spirit. Additionally, none of the information this person learns and chooses to accept as possible truth, would ever conflict with the basic truth of God’s word (the identity of Jesus), or would ever conflict with any of God’s scriptures. Finally, none of this information-seeking distracts or detracts from his biblically-based relationship with, and understanding of, Jesus Christ. And he would hardly ever mention this information, or God-forbid ever impose this information on anyone else, or judge anyone who has different opinions.
Do you think this person would be going down a wrong road?
Thanks for your opinion!
I tell everybody, don’t even step your toe out to check out the extra biblical texts UNLESS you have a firm strong understanding of God’s Word in the Bible. It seems that he does have a good handle on it. Enoch (Ethiopian version is good) I believe is being exposed and opened up as many of the messages in there are actually end times, and helps us to understand different things that aren’t expanded on in the Word.
A good rule of thumb is to look at these as history books. In other words get your meat from the Word, and use the extra biblical texts as condiments. I guess as long as he’s able to discern between something that lines up with God’s word, and something that goes crosswise with it, he should be fine.
The book of Adam and Eve is a pretty interesting book, but I did find some huge flaws with Book of Adam and Eve II. Allot of things in there that just didn’t line up.
I guess one thing I would stay away from are the extra Gospels, Gospel of Stephen, Peter’s Apocalypse, etc.. Most New Testament period extra biblical texts are junk, and junk on purpose. There were tons of enemies of the Faith just pumping out all kinds of doctrine and stamping Apostle’s names to it. Apostle Paul said a few things about that in a couple of his epistles. Mainly in the book of Galatians:
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Now, when you’re talking about looking into things that are going on today, as long as he’s spiritually aware enough that there is a major demonic/fallen angel deception out there, it won’t hurt to see what the enemy is doing in order to know what to expect coming. Know thine enemy. As long as he doesn’t get himself sucked in to a deception, or actually goes out of his way to start looking for these things physically.
Notice, in God’s Word, demons and demoniacs found Jesus, he didn’t go looking for them. A pretty good example as to how to deal with these things. If you find yourself going out deliberately to find these things: Aliens, Ghosts, fairies, Bigfoot,etc., you are opening a door and inviting a demonic entity to come in and cause some trouble. It’s all in the legalities. If you go where something has full legal right to be, you’re not about to cast it away, as it has right to be there. I guess that’s a whole other topic…
Hope all this helps Tim. Pray like crazy concerning these things before even beginning to look into them. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, and helps to weed out the false stuff, keeping our eyes open in the midst of several shades of grey.
God bless you!
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