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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.) 

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Jesus declared in Jn. 12:48 KJV, “He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the Word that I have spoken, [as recorded in the true context of Scripture,] will judge him in the Last Day…” (Jn. 1:1-14.) 

 

Contents 

Þ Preachers teach believers to follow audible voices not Scripture 

Þ The book ‘The Shack’ is not fiction but deception

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 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

 

PREACHERS TEACH BELIEVERS TO FOLLOW AUDIBLE VOICES  NOT SCRIPTURE 

Eric Gilmour of Sonship International stated in his interview with Daniel Kolenda, “If you are caught in doubt whether [the voices you hear are] 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… [What a lie!  “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’s ‘shunning and exposing’ of false teachers and prophets, (Eph. 5:11.) Believers who cannot discern all these antichrist, anti-scriptural 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 contextual truth of the pages of the Bible. Psalm 119:113, 169, “Establish my steps and direct them by means of Your Word; let not any iniquity have dominion over me [through my disobedience to Your written Word.] ...Give me understanding [discernment and comprehension] according to Your [written] Word [of assurance and promise…] Deliver me [from deceivers and deceptive voices] 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 as church dogma. Opposed to The Inseparable, 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, (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 Truth and 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."

Þ Without ever doubting that the God of the Bible is capable of speaking to anyone in an audible voice if He so chooses, it is incredibly dangerous to teach people to ‘hear’ and thus follow audible voices instead of grounding them in the contextual truth of Scripture, (Mt. 7:21-27.)  All end-time cults have originated from leaders that were and are led by audible voices instead of relying on the written Word of God in the Bible.  Yet, such unscriptural teaching have become commonplace.  However, 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.) 

Þ 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. 

Þ 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.)

Þ 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. Those “voices of god” oppose Scriptural truth, and are, therefore, loosening believers from God’s written Word, which is Jesus’ One and Only, true ‘Voice:’ Jesus Himself, (Jn. 14:6.)   

 

CHURCHES ENCOURAGE CONTACT WITH ‘ANGELS’ AND ‘FRIENDLY SPIRITS’ WHO SPEAK TO BELIEVERS

God gave me the incomprehensible privilege to minister to broken-hearted people and believers who were deceived by church doctrine and unscriptural, abusive practises in churches.  I have great empathy for the victims of abuseDabbling 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: God Himself in the body of a human being,] that whoever [personally] believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life,” (Jn. 1:1-14; 3:16.) 

Þ Thus, Jesus God Himself is the Last Man that spoke direct, New Revelation, New Covenant Word to all humanity during His time on earth, (Heb. 1:1-14.)  Since then, all sincere Bible teachers can only interpret the written Word of God by speaking the Words of Jesus, as taught by the Holy Spirit, (2 Tim. 3:16-17.)  Jesus Was, Is, and always Will Be God’s manifested Word — The Word that became ‘flesh,’ (Col. 2:9.)  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 [God the Father in heaven] Who sent Him,” (Jn. 12:48-49; 7:16: 14:10.] 

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 Jesus,” and 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 witnessed in churches worldwide, running after voices instead of clinging to Jesus’ Scriptural Truth, causes great “lawlessness” or abuse of Bible Truth.  So, Jesus warned in Mt. 7:21-27, when those believers come to enter into heaven by saying 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 lawlessnessWhoever 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.” 

 

HOW CAN “VOICES” DECEIVE US IF THEY IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS ANGELS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT?       

Mostly, Satan’s deception is so subtle, deceived people do not have a clue that they are being controlled by evil spirits.  The enemy simply shape shifts into Jesus, the ‘father,’ or the ‘holy spirit’ to make himself acceptable to believers, and tell them exactly what he knows they want to hear, (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,” manifest strange spiritual experiences, and bring unscriptural “revelation” in ‘trusting’ voices.  They can also impersonate a deceased person, or 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;’ having a “special” calling; 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 confident voices telling them what to do; foul sexual thoughts, desires, and voices; voices that curse God; perpetual fear, consuming guilt, confusion, demonic nightmares, or threatening voices speaking into their “minds” to intimidate the living daylights out of them.  Either way, these spirits can also materialize or show themselves to their victims as sexual molesters, spirit lovers, torturers, special guardians, ‘playmates,’ Jesus, the ‘holy spirit,’ ‘angels,’ etcetera. 

Þ A common example of 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 an already deceased person speaks to humans, it is always a demon masquerading as that person.

Þ 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 confronting their ‘abusers’ sitting opposite them 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, who supposedly have “words” from God for everyone; witchdoctors, so-called “deliverers,” etcetera.  In this way, those 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 and other unscriptural techniques to enslave people to Satan. 

Þ False prophets often “reveal” to unwitting people in “words from God” that they were “abducted by aliens,” sexually abused, and maltreated in the most inhumane ways — even in so-called ‘prior lives,’ which supposedly constitute their many spiritual, emotional, and physical problems.  One must be careful and not blindly accept what these ‘ministers’ say and suggest you 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’ or so-called ‘delivererssuggest bizarre things that allegedly occurred while the person has no recollection of any such thing, it never happened.  (So-called aliens are not “higher intelligent beings from outer space,” but government experiments [scroll down on the page; fuelling demonic deception.)  However, if the person accepts the lie, the ‘minister’ attaches controlling demons onto the person through the power of suggestion “to believe the lie,” (2 Ths. 2:9-12.) 

An easy way to “test” the truth of what I just said, is to remember that the Spirit of Truth came to “convince 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. 

Þ 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 supernaturally “know” they are saved or lost, committing sin, etcetera, (Jn. 16:13; 1 Ths. 5:23.)  That is why none of our own problems and sins will be a surprise to us, which must allegedly be “revealed” by fortune tellers disguised as ‘prophets.’  We might have forgotten about a certain sin or problem, which God may remind us of through other people, but we will definitely “know” all about it.  God declared in 1 Cor. 2:11, KJV, “For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man, [he himself knows deep down in his own ‘heart’ or human spirit.]  Even so, no one knows the things of God [that are really true] except the Spirit of God.”

Should we sincerely accept and follow The Holy Spirit of the Bible, “He will guide us into all truth” to also 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,” and God has ways to protect them no human being can ever fathom, (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. 

 

HOW CAN BELIEVERS BE DECEIVED IF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF TRUTH LIVES IN THEM? 

In the days of Noah and Lot 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, which became churches, (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 demon worship trends increasingly materialized during the church age that came into being during the latter part of the first century, (Acts 11:26.)  In this way, millions of believers through the ages 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 or total spiritual darkness, 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, controlled 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 witchcraftGod 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…”   

Þ 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 and control of pastors and other ministers

Þ 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, or comfort anyone.  In the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, the rich man begged in hell, “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.) 

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