I recently witnessed something that was at least unusual.
I saw a young man who discribed himself as “Wiccan” go into convulsions while others were praying for him.
This was a very unorthodox, pseudo Christian prayer circle (and while I believe he was the only Wiccan there, he was welcome, and he complained of feeling overshadowed by something lately.)
The convulsions became violent, and he appeared to lose consciousness before they “performed an exorcism.”
When he came to, he didn’t seem to know where he was or what had happened.
I don’t know if anything supernatural was going on, but what made it convincing is that I noticed the hairs on top of his head trembling ever so slightly as soon as they started praying for him, and watched this almost imperceptible trembling grow into a full blown convulsion.
(I’m not sure you could cause your body to start trembling so slightly, and if he did he was a very good actor.)
Anyway, I’m wondering how you would know if a spirit was of God, if you actually had a personal encounter with one?
! John 4:2 seems to say that ANY spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is of God, but a demonic spirit seems to have acknowledged the preaching of “Jesus Christ come in the flesh” as a message from God in Acts 16.
Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possesed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune telling. This girl followed Paul and us, saying “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” (Acts 16:16-18.)
So was this spirit “of God” because it confirmed the message of Paul and his companions (that Jesus Christ had come in the flesh)?
If you actually encountered a spirit, could you tell that it was from God by asking it this test question?
If not, what does 1 John 4:2 mean?
(It says “every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is of God.”)
I’ve never understood this.
Is there a contradiction here?
Does anyone have any thoughts?