House Church Talk - 3 Simple Tests

Phillip Cohen spiritfilledhome at
Mon Aug 9 10:49:45 EDT 2004

Dear Saints,

Over the years, I've developed a method of determining whether a belief,
practice, or voice I'm hearing is coming from God or somewhere else:

1. It needs to agree with the Bible. It doesn't need to agree with my
personal interpretation, but I need to witness that it's an honest
interpretation. Some examples are: modes of baptism, house church vs
larger organization, views of prophecy, which days to keep, or what music
to listen to.

2. It needs to agree with the character of God as I know Him. I trust
that God will change my concept of His character if I'm sincerely open to

3. It needs to work in everyday life. Over the long haul, does it produce
the fruit of the Spirit in the people who are attempting to live that

I listed these points in my order of priority. In other words, it needs
to pass step #1 before I'll take it to step #2, and on to step#3.

I hope this helps someone.

spiritfilledhome at
In quietness and confidence is my strength. Isaiah 30:15

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