"How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?"
Deuteronomy 18:21

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I.   God has promised discernment to His people.

                        Malachi 3:18

II.   How can discernment of doctrine be learned?

       A.   It is learned by experience, and it comes with spiritual maturity.

                        Hebrews 5:14

       B.   Any person who truly desires to do the will of God "shall know
              of the doctrine, whether it be of God."

                        John 7:17
                        Nehemiah 6:12-14

        C.   The Holy Spirit "will guide you into all truth?" for He is our Teacher.

                        John 16:13; 14:26
                        1 Corinthians 2:15
                        1 John 2:27

        D.   We can be trained to discern truth from error through sound
               teaching and knowledge of the scriptures.

                         Hebrews 4:12
                         2 Timothy 3:15, 6
                         Ezekiel 44:23

III.   How can false ministry be recognized?

        A.   "By their fruits ye shall know them."

                          Matthew 7:15-20

         B.    Anyone who refuses to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus
                 Christ cannot be sent from God.

                           Mark 9:39
                           1 Corinthians 12:3
                           1 John 4:1-3, 6

           C.   "He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory." But God-
                  ordained ministry glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ.

                             John 7:18; 16:14

           D.   Unfulfilled prophecy is the word of a prophet who has spoken

                            Deuteronomy 18:21-22

           E.   If a sign or wonder predicted comes to pass, but the person
                 entices the people to follow after another god, "thou shalt 
                 not hearken unto the words of that prophet. "

                            Deuteronomy 13:1-5

           F.   If anyone "that cometh preacheth (1) another Jesus ... (2) another
                 spirit ... or (3) another gospel," he is not sent from God.

                             2 Corinthians 11:4
                             Galatians 1:6-9

            G.   If the message delivered is contrary to the written Word
of God, the ministry must obviously be false.

                               Isaiah 8:20  (cp. Acts 17:2, 11
                               Galatians 4:30; 6:16
                               Philippians 3:16
                               2 Timothy 3:16

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