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Part 2 Criticizing the Holy Spirit

A dove with a red line across it.Have you ever seen bizarre Christian behaviour but are too scared to ask whether this is right or not, because you may be seen to be criticising the Holy Spirit?

This is a series of articles, it’s probably best to take them in the correct order.

Is it right to criticise?

Jesus said:

Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”
Matthew 12:32

And therefore it seems a very reckless thing to speak against, or doubt, or question spiritual things, because if it is of God and it is the work of the Holy Spirit then we put ourselves into an area of never being forgiven.

But is it really like that?

We are told to question things for our own spiritual safety.
In the verse below, we are encouraged in the things of the Spirit, but we are also told to test everything:

Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

And we are greatly encouraged to test the spirits:

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
1 John 4:1

So the Lord has said ‘test the spirits’ therefore he won’t judge us for questioning and investigating any bizarre behaviour – even when it carries the ‘Christian’ label.
He wants us to do this for our own spiritual safety and for the spiritual safety of others.

You may think that I am wrong , but I question the extreme things that have been seen with what is know as the ‘Father’s Blessing – Toronto Blessing – The River and the Fire – Third Wave’.

I want to see the Lord performing miracles, and pouring out His Spirit upon people, and for His Presence to cause weeping or joy, because Jesus’ followers cried out:

.. enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Acts 4:29-30

Peter Reason

December 2011

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