Brethren, the “winds of False Doctrine” are blowing very strong in today’s Church of God. The one thing that is strong in all of our minds is the command given by Christ to Hold fast to what you have been given lest a man take your crown.
Rev_3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Today we are seeing more and more doctrine and prophecy being preached that would not set well with what we had been told to hold fast to. The Bible tells us to “prove all things”
1Th_5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
That seem to say that we are to examine each of these doctrines to prove whether they be true or not. Is this correct?
What if a man comes up to you with a doctrine that goes against what you have already proven to be true? Should you examine it? Well sure if you have in fact proven your doctrine it should be relatively easy to compare what the new doctrine proclaims and the proofs that are provided against what you already know.
So what happens if you see that what they claim is not truly supported by the scriptures they use? Should you continue to study their material? Why should you? If you see that they are incorrect then the best thing to do is to stop studying their material. The bible does give us a guide line here in fact it is a command from God and a test.
Deu 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
Deu 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
Deu 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Do you see the principle? If what that Prophet or Minister teaches is provably wrong then we are told at that point to “Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet,” it goes on to say that God is testing you to see if you will follow the false prophet.
Isa_8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
It is kind of like God is waiting to see if the words in the bible will stop you short. Will you continue to delve into the writing of a man who you have already proven to be wrong? That is a test from God. It shows God whether you have a love of the truth or not. You see, the truth in God’s word should stop us cold when we see that it does not agree with the false prophet. It is our responsibility to act on the word of God and God is looking to see whether we will do so or not.
the command to prove all things does not obligate us to study material where error has already been found in it. In fact as SOON as you find error, according to God you are to no longer hearken to the worlds of that minister,
Here is Strong’s description of the Hebrew word translated hearken.
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.): – X attentively, call (gather) together, X carefully, X certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, X diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear (-ken, tell), X indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim (-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, X surely, tell, understand, whosoever [heareth], witness.
Being told not to hearken means to not listen,hear,consider or proclaim what you have been presented with.
Once you have proven error then you are commanded to stop listening to it or proclaiming it to others, PERIOD.
We were told to prove all things yes but to only hold fast to that which was true.
Does the word of God rule your life. Do you have enough of the love of the truth to be controlled by it?
Those that are presenting these “New Truths” almost as one insist that you continue on through the entire treatise to prove it true, even if you find something false you are to ignore that and continue on and ALL WILL BE EXPLAINED. Before I understood this concept I waded through quite a number of these materials and I have NEVER found one that explained what I had found to be untrue.
Maybe that is why the word says that there are some who are “EVER LEARNING AND NEVER ABLE TO COME TO THE TRUTH”. The truth is they do not allow the word of God to dictate truth to them and so they continue to wander through truths and falsehoods of false doctrine and as such are never able to truly understand.
So yes Prove all Things but stop when you uncover error and lies because the word of God commands you to do so.