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The Way of Cain - Page 19

New teachings in the Christian Church- Where are They Leading Us?

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The Holy Spirit

When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me... Jn 15:26

The movement is characterized by an intense focus on the Holy Spirit. It is often suggested that mystically experiencing the Holy Spirit is ''the highest God has to offer.'' Prayer and worship are directed to the Holy Spirit. Believers should be wary.

First, the new concept of the Holy Spirit's effect has to do with the physical nervous system (shaking, falling, etc.) and loss of self-control, but the Bible says the Holy Spirit's fruit is character traits, including self-control: ''love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control'' (Gal 5:22).

Second, the scriptures tell us that the Holy Spirit will always focus the believer on Christ, never drawing attention directly to Himself:

When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me... Jn 15:26

...when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak... Jn 16:13

The Holy Spirit's role is to reveal Christ to us, to fix our eyes firmly upon Him and only Him.

Compare this to the words Carol Arnott claims the Holy Spirit spoke to her:

'''You know, the father, and Jesus and I have been together for all of eternity. But when Jesus went back to heaven to be with God the Father, I came to earth.' And He said, 'I am so lonely for Jesus.' ...He misses Jesus, and He misses the Father.''  (19) 

Jesus told us ''lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age'' (Mt 28:20), how, then, could the Holy Spirit not be in Jesus' presence while here with us? The members of the trinity may have separate roles, but they are one, and God is omnipresent- All that God is, is present everywhere, at all times.

This spirit is both speaking on his own initiative (speaking about himself instead of fixing her attention on Jesus), and giving an untrue representation of the trinity (Ps 139, Jer 23:24, 1Kings 8:27, Acts 17:27). This cannot be the Holy Spirit of God, who always focuses the believer on Jesus and who can only speak truth. Therefore, according to Deut 18:20-22, Carol Arnott (regardless of her motives) is a false prophetess and is not to be followed. She is presenting ''a God we have not known'' and we must turn away to pass the test (Deut 13:1-5).

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