You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free

How Do We Know the Voice of God? 


Renette Vermeulen 


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This promise in the Old Testament is still real for New Testament believers today — but now, God does not speak in a voice from “behind” us, but from “inside” our spiritually born again human spirits or “hearts,” where the Holy Spirit constantly lives, (1 Cor. 3:16-17.)  God the Holy Spirit speaks to us most clearly and unalterably “by His Son, [His New Covenant, written Word, the true context of the Bible...] through Whom also He made the worlds…” (Heb. 1:1-2.) 






Þ Preachers teach believers to follow audible voices not Scripture

Þ Churches encourage contact with ‘angels’ and ‘friendly spirits’ to speak to believers

Þ How can “voices” deceive us if they identify themselves as angels and the Holy Spirit? 

Þ How can believers be deceived if the Holy Spirit of Truth lives in them? 

Þ Old Testament ‘mediating’ and ‘guiding’ prophets Versus the gift of prophecy in the New Testament

Þ How will we know the Voice of the Holy Spirit opposed to a false ‘holy’ spirit? 

Þ Does the Holy Spirit still speak in an audible Voice as He sometimes spoke to believers in the New Testament? 

Þ Does God only use ‘learned,’ and ‘church ordained’ prophets? 

Þ People ask why false prophets can also prophecy truth? 

Þ Examples of how the gift of prophecy function in the New Testament 

Þ Why true, Scriptural “equipping and edifying of the saints” must take place



Without ever doubting that the God of the Bible is capable of speaking to anyone in an audible voice if He so chooses, teaching people to ‘hear’ and thus follow audible voices instead of grounding them in the truth of Scripture has become commonplace. But by “testing” the spirits behind these voices according to the true ‘measure’ of Scripture, it becomes evident by the way in which these voices introduce themselves, and the familiar and joking way in which they speak, that these spirits cannot be the Most High, Holy God of the Bible, (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17.)

Every time Jesus withstood Satan in the wilderness, He said, "It is written... It is written... It is also written..." (Mt. 4.)  When Jesus, after His resurrection, appeared to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, He “began at Moses and all the Prophets, [the Scriptures available at the time,] and expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” And later, when He appeared to His disciples behind locked doors, “He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures and said to them, ‘Thus it is written…’” (Lu. 24:25-27; 44-46.)  When  the Holy Spirit sent Philip to the man of Ethiopia, who was reading from the Scriptures, Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?’”  (Acts 8:29-28; Kjv.) 

So, when Jesus proclaimed, “My sheep know My voice,” He was not referring to His audible voice. “My sheep hear My Voice” is a metaphor for “My teaching, My Word,” the written Word, as found in the Bible, (Jn. 10:27-28.) From the context of this and other passages, Jesus was speaking to those who would accept and understand His teaching; His Gospel. Concerning His Teaching, Jesus has nothing to add to what He already said in the Gospels and explained through His disciples in the Epistles, (Heb. 1:1-14.) So, after Jesus ascended into heaven, His teachings were recorded for us on paper, because His disciples could not hear Him preach in an audible voice anymore. If we now want to ‘hear’ Jesus’ ‘words,’ we must read the Bible in context to understand what He is saying to us. As He did in the Old Testament, Jesus recorded His “voice” or Word for us in the Scriptures so we can know His Truth. 

Jesus was, of course, also referring to the inward guidance of His indwelling Holy Spirit, the Teacher and Helper, Who will always lead His believers into the “all truth” of Scripture, (Jn. 16:13, 16.) We can never loosen the Holy Spirit and the written Word from each other, (Jn. 1:1-14.) The true context of this passage in John Chapter 10 is not about hearing Jesus’ audible voice. This passage is where Jesus made a clear distinction between Himself, (The True Shepherd, Word of God, Door to heaven, Narrow gate, Way, Truth, Light, and Life,) and false shepherds, the paid “hirelings,” who open demonic doors to the spirit world in various ways to “steal, kill, and destroy” the body of Christ, (Mt. 24:1-31; Jn. 10:10.) What better way could Satan find to deceive believers than to speak deception in audible voices that mimic the final, comprehensive Word of Jesus in the Bible? 
Yet, Kenneth Copeland, (dedicated mason and dangerous false teacher,) SOLM or Servants of the Lord Ministries, ‘Lion of Judah,’ and many other great deceivers teach believers to “constantly hear god’s voice audibly” by connecting to Him through praise, worship, relationship, transcendental meditation, ‘soaking’ in his presence through ‘contemplative prayer and music,’ and many other occult techniques. Therefore, in all these teachings on ‘how to hear god’s voice,’ they never mention a single Bible verse — unless they are abusing the Bible to force ‘god’ to speak audibly. These “voices of god” oppose Scriptural truth, and are, therefore, loosening believers from God’s written Word, which is Jesus’ One and Only, true ‘Voice,’ or Jesus Christ Himself. 
Eric Gilmour of Sonship International stated in his interview with Daniel Kolenda, “If you are caught in doubt whether it is from God, you must praise yourself into a state of neutrality so it is true either way to remove yourself from the doubt. Jesus matters not your actions… [“He who says, ‘I know Him’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him,” 1 Jn. 2:4.] If you fear you can be deceived by hearing voices, the fear will enslave you to deception. [No, your sinful disobedience to the commandments of Scripture will enslave you to deception, 1 Ths. 5:21. “The fear of [or healthy respect] for the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom,” Prov. 9:10, Kjv; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.] Hearing voices is not contrary to the Word of God but may be contrary to the things written in the Scriptures. [The Only and Final Word of God we have, is His Word written in the Bible, Heb. 1:1-14. Disobedience to Scripture is disobedience to the God of the Bible.] False prophets were not [debunked] for prophesying wrongly, but because their origin was wrong; their source was off. We know our source is Jesus.” [If their source were Jesus, they would know Deut. 13:13, 5, 8 commands, “(False prophets) have gone out from your midst to entice away (the believers,) saying, Let us go and serve other gods… you have not known… (They) shall be put to death, because they have talked rebellion and turned away from the Lord your God… You shall not consent to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him or conceal him. But you shall surely kill him…”]

God’s commandments in Deut. 13 refer to the New Covenant, Testament shunning and exposing of false teachers and prophets, (Eph. 5:11.) The believers who cannot discern all these antichrist, anti-bible statements as lies, need to repent from whatever is keeping them from “hearing” the True “Voice” of God, as every word that God ever wanted us to know and understand is written in the pages of the Bible. Ps. 119:113, 169, “Establish my steps and direct them by means of Your Word; let not any iniquity have dominion over me [through My obedience to Your written Word.] ...Give me understanding [discernment and comprehension] according to Your [written] Word [of assurance and promise…] Deliver me according to Your [written] Word!” 

The fallacies that are cultivated by such witchcraft against God, (1 Sam. 15:23-24,) result in best-seller books and movies such as “The Shack” by William P. Young. This book is not fiction but deception, grounded on long discussions with the pagan trinity, or three separate gods in ‘agreement,’ which the Roman Catholic Church Christianized. Opposed to The Inseparable and therefore Omnipresent Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as taught in the entire Bible, in the New Testament Covenant especially, the author makes the Father into an African American woman called Elousia, as well as into Papa, a native American male scout. He turns Jesus into a false Jesus who said, “You can call me Jesus if you like. After all, it has become my common name.” Phil. 2:9-10 declares that Jesus is the Name above all Names! As in Roman Catholicism, the Holy Spirit is introduced as Sophia, the goddess of wisdom in the occult and the ‘holy spirit’ or “Mother Mary” in Catholicism; the ‘feminine’ side of god,’ who also manifests in this book as Sarayu. This false spirit says, “God’s voice had been reduced to paper…” Papa said strange things like, “We’ll do things on your terms and time, not ours… We do not have final authority among us… We are submitted to you in the same way you are submitted to us, because we want you to join us in our circle of relationships…” [Acknowledgement to Wikipedia and Brian Smith for their exposés on The Shack.]

How can any true believer follow such blatant lies about The Most High and Holy God of the Bible and His eternal Word? Jesus said in Mt. 24:37-39, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall never pass away.” The God of the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the Only Judge of His entire universe, and of earth especially, (Col. 2:9-10; Mt. 25:31-46.) 
"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan with all power, signs, lying wonders, and all unrighteous deception among those who perish,
because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. [Jesus Is Love, if we do not love the truth of His Word, God will allow] strong delusion, that we should believe the lie and that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Ths. 2:9-12.) 
Salvation is a personal choice. Let us remember that God did not make hell for His beloved, blood-bought believers, but for the devil and his demons. "He has [absolutely] no desire that anyone should perish, but have eternal life."



God gave me the incomprehensible privilege to minister to broken-hearted people and believers who were deceived by church doctrine and unscriptural practises in churches.  I have great empathy for victims of abuse.  Dabbling in the occult aside, I know how relentlessly our enemy the devil preys on lonely, grieving, rejected, neglected and other abused people, (1 Pt. 5:8.)  Of course, God is always “there” and remains in control.  He so dearly loved the whole world or everyone on earth, “that He gave His only begotten Son, [His Word in the flesh or as a human being,] so that whoever [personally] believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life,” (Jn. 1:1-14; 3:16.)  When God became a man, His Word was manifested in the “flesh” of a human being named Jesus.  Thus, Jesus is the Only and Last Man that spoke directly new revelation Word of God to all of humanity, (Heb. 1:1-14.)  Since then, all sincere Bible teachers can only interpret the Word of God by speaking the Words of Jesus, as “inspired” by the Holy Spirit, (2 Tim. 3:16-17.)  Jesus Was, Is, and always Will Be God’s manifested Word.  Thus, Jesus constantly emphasized that, as a Man here on earth, His Words were “not His own” or from the mouth of a mere human, but “from the Father Who sent Him,” (Jn. 12:48-49; 7:16: 14:10, etc.) 

Disobedience to Jesus’ commandment to test the spirits to see if they are of God, results in the fact that ‘friendly ghosts’ turn themselves into deceased loved ones, “angels of light,” “christ” or Jesus Himself, and of course, into the “holy spirit,” to ‘befriend’ and ‘comfort’ those in need, loneliness, mourning, and other distress.  Instead of protecting people against such deception by teaching them Scriptural truth, many churches actively encourage contact and conversations with so-called ‘angels’ or ‘friendly ghosts.’ 

As we are witnessing in the church system worldwide, the running after strange voices instead of clinging to Jesus’ Scriptural Truth, causes great “lawlessness” or abuse of Bible Truth.  So, Jesus warned in Mt. 7:21-24, when these believers come to enter into heaven and say they have prophesied, cast out demons and done many wonders in His Name, He will declare to them, “I never knew you.  Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!  Whoever hears [My Scriptural teachings] and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the Rock…” 2 Tim. 3:16-17, “All Scripture was given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  Heb. 4:12, “The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.  Piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  Jn. 12:48, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words [as recorded in the Bible,] has that which judges him: the Word that I have spoken [past tense] will judge him in the Last Day.” 



Mostly, Satan’s deception is so subtle, deceived people have no clue that they are being controlled by evil spirits.  He simply shape shifts into “Jesus, the father, and the ‘holy’ spirit” to make himself acceptable, 2 Cor. 11:4, 14-15.)  This is why disobedience to Jesus’ Word to “test the spirits to see whether they are of God,” (even if the spirit tells us he is Jesus,) causes these spirits to start conversing with their victims in comforting, audible voices — or by authoritively “speaking into their thoughts,” (1 Jn. 4:1-4; 2 Cor. 10:4, 14.)  These ‘good, friendly’ ghosts can also speak “guidance” and bring unscriptural “revelation” to us in ‘trusting’ voices, impersonate a dead person, and even laughingly joke with the terrified and oppressed to “give them joy.”  This is not insanity; it is demonic control with the aim to enslave people with counterfeit feelings of being ‘special,’ holiness, acceptance, peace, comfort, and security. 

On the other hand, many people testify that after they opened themselves up to ‘prophets’ or so-called ‘deliverers,’ they persistently experience “guiding voices” telling them what to do, foul sexual thoughts and desires, voices and thoughts that curse God, perpetual fear, confusion, demonic nightmares, or threatening voices speaking into their “minds.”  Either way, these spirits can also materialize or show themselves to their victims as sexual molesters, spirit lovers, torturers, ‘playmates,’ Jesus, the ‘holy spirit,’ ‘angels,’ deceased loved ones, etcetera. 

A good example of often unknowingly participating in the occult is longingly speaking to a deceased loved one; (see Ecclesiastes 9:5-6; Lu. 16:27-31.)  Don’t fall for the deceased-love-one deception; God forbade us to try and speak to the dead, (Deut. 18:10-13.)  If a deceased person appears to humans, it is always a demon masquerading as that person.

Psychologists use occult visualization techniques like “safe place” therapy, and it is not uncommon that a “spirit friend” will ‘hide’ with the “patient” until the person ‘calms down.’  They also stage séances through New Age/occult Regressive Therapy, and Role Play exercises like “Gestalt Therapy,” where ‘patients’ must ‘imagine’ they are talking their problems through with their ‘abusers’ sitting in an empty chair, (see Mt. 18:15-20.)  Satan will never ignore such golden opportunities to get a hold on people’s “minds” or thoughts by attaching demons to them.  Picking up such ‘spirit friends’ is easy; getting rid of them can be complicated

Many ‘personal or familiar’ spirits got a hold on believers when they were abandoned, rejected, and abused as children.  Or when believers submitted to false church doctrine and unscriptural spiritual practices.  Or when they consulted “mediating” and “guiding” prophets and so-called “deliverers,” (exorcists,) who supposedly have “words” from God for everyone.  In this way, these false ‘ministers’ impart more and more of their deadly doctrines, and more and more of their false spirits by laying their dirty hands on people, and practising their many occult techniques of exorcism. 

They often “reveal” to unwitting people in “words from God” that they were abducted by aliens, sexually abused, and maltreated in the most inhumane ways, which supposedly constitute their many spiritual problems.  One must be careful and not blindly accept what these ‘prophets’ and other ‘ministers’ say and do, (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.)  It is Satan’s forté to confuse and deceive us, to lie to us to control us, and to use fortune tellers such as Christian prophets to lead us into satanic bondage, (Jn. 16:8-15.)  For instance, if ‘prophets’ suggest something like so-called “alien abduction” or child molestation occurred while the person has no recollection of any such thing, it most probably never happened.  (So-called aliens are not “higher intelligent beings from outer space,” but government experiments fuelling demonic deception.)  However, if the person believes the lie, the ‘minister’ either inserts or attaches controlling demons to the person through the power of suggestion. 

An easy way to “test” the truth of what I just said, is to remember that the Spirit of Truth came to “convict the whole world, [everyone on earth,] of sin, righteousness, [Jesus, the Way out of sin,] and of judgment, [should we reject Him,]” (Jn. 16:8-14.)  The Holy Spirit of the Bible is not a “tattletale” - said with utmost respect to our Omniscient God.  This means that during the New Testament Covenant era, the Holy Spirit speaks directly into the human spirit or ‘heart’ of every person on earth, (Jn. 16:13; 1 Ths. 5:23.)  Thus, none of our own problems and sins will be a surprise to us, which must be “revealed” by fortune tellers disguised as ‘prophets.’  Should we sincerely accept and follow The Holy Spirit of the Bible, “He will guide us into all truth” to glorify only Jesus and no one else.  So, He will not draw unnecessary attention to Himself, the abused believer, or any minister of God’s Word.  And He will certainly not work on personal problems outside our personal frame of reference.  For instance, He will not bother to ‘reveal’ things to us which we were too young to remember.  Little children before the age of accountability all belong to Jesus “by default,” (Mt. 19:13-15.)  When He “calls His disciples out of darkness into His marvelous light,” all those ugly things are left behind in darkness in any case, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.)  If, however, we do know of crimes such as child molestation that were committed against us, we must deal with the situation according to Jesus’ commandments of the Moral Law, as Jesus commanded in Mt. 18:15-20. 



In Noah and Lot’s days, especially, humanity had a special, personal relationship with demons.  To attain more and more demonic power, they worshiped Satan ritually in grand temples ruled by oppressing, ‘mediating’ priests; ministering between them and the devil.  They brought Satan ritual human and animal sacrifices, and even had “holy” sexual intercourse with him and his demons on the altars of their temples, (Gen. 6:1-7.)  As a result, they were completely dedicated to Satan and possessed by countless demons, who were their spirit guides, teachers, and constant companions. 

Sadly, the same is increasingly materializing now in our church age, where millions of believers have severed themselves from God’s Protective Scriptural truth, and thus, also from the way in which the True Holy Spirit of the Bible manifests His gifts, works, and presence.  Jesus Himself unceasingly warned in the Gospels and through His disciples in the Epistles about the “great tribulation” of deception, which will rule the last of the end-time, (Mt. 24:1-31.)  He said our time is like the days of Noah and Lot.  A completely corrupt time, ruled by false pagan and Christian gods, christs, teachers, and so-called ‘mediating’ prophets.  These “christs” supposedly ‘stand between god and man,’ and always lead people into “lawlessness,” or disobedience to Scripture.  Their teachings of how to follow ‘personal’ voices have become a great part of this deception to ultimately commit the unashamed sins of idolatry and witchcraft.  God warned in 1 Sam. 15:22-23, “...To obey is better than sacrifice... For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.  And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…”   

Contradicting every warning and teaching of Jesus in the Bible, pastors and other ministers are ruthlessly confusing even personally born again believers with the notion that they must be guided by voices instead of immersing themselves completely in the Scriptural Word of God.  Without testing these manifestations to see if it is from God as His Word commands, they preach their many false gospels to people, and thus encourage demonic companionship under the guise of a false Jesus, holy spirit, and guiding “angels,” (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4; 2 Cor. 10:4, 14.)  Such practices are nothing less than Christianized Satanism

The entire church system is built on the hope to find a ‘spiritual home’ here on earth, where people will experience God practically and find personal acceptance, companionship, support, love, peace, and healing from the abuse of the world.  When they find that some of their needs are met by the system, (as in a church where the core Gospel of Christ is still preached, or even just where it seems that people accept them,) they open up themselves unconditionally to the guidance en control of pastors and other ministers.  Yet, it is plain throughout Scripture that the written Word of God [Logos] can never be loosened from the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, [Rhema,] Who “speaks” only the Truth of His Word into the inaudible human spirits of men, (1 Ths. 5:21.)  God will never nullify His Word to save, deliver, heal, and comfort anyone.  In the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, the rich man in hell begged, “Send [someone to warn my brothers,] that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.”  But Jesus stated, “They have [the Scriptures;] let them listen to [God’s Word.] For if they do not listen [and obey the Scriptures,] neither will they be persuaded though one rises from the dead.”  (Lu. 16:19-31.) 

God never promised believers a physical ‘home’ in a church or anywhere else here on earth.  He said He, (Jesus) is the Word of God and the Only Way, Light, Life, Peace, Salvation, Comfort, Deliverance, and Healing, and we will endure hardship and much affliction in this broken world, (Jn. 14:6; 2 Tim. 3:12.)  We are “pilgrims” while living here on earth, who must focus on heaven; our eternal “homeland, heavenly country, and city,” (Heb. 11;12-16.)  Misplaced loyalties lead believers to a dreadfully dangerous position, where they put their trust in false pastors and prophets, and become in danger of losing their eternal lives in heaven.  Although these people are “sincerely deceived,” they will not be without excuse when we all must give an account before the Judgement Seat of Christ “for the things done in the body,” (2 Cor. 5:10.) 

The Holy Spirit will never leave anyone in such a dreadful position without ‘speaking’ His Word and will into the ‘heart’ or human spirit of that person, which always results in a supernatural “knowing” of what is true, (1 Jn. 5:13; Jn. 7:17-18.)  True salvation is not a “shot in the dark.”  Notwithstanding the false voice of the accuser, Satan, all of humanity, deep in their “hearts,” “know” exactly where they stand with God.  This is so because the Holy Spirit of the Bible only saves, delivers and heals souls through our personal faith in, and commitment to Jesus Christ.  Thus, He will always “convict of sin, righteousness, and judgment,” instead of giving us ‘special,’ unscriptural ‘assurance’ by speaking to us in an audible voice.  All our encouragement and leading were unchangeably “engraved in stone” in the truth of the Bible.  Should believers choose to reject The Holy Spirit’s counsel, and harden their hearts to His convincing and convicting “Voice” speaking in their “inner man,” bringing them to the Truth of Scripture, (1 Ths. 5:23,) He will not violate their free will.  Through their deliberate and unrepentant violations of His written Word, the Spirit will eventually give them over to “strong delusion” to “perish without a  love for His truth…” (2 Ths. 2:99-13.)