IDENTIFYING SPIRITUALISM - PART 2
BY APOSLTE JONAS CLARK
Spiritualism is the counterfeit of the Holy Spirit. A spiritist is one who operates inside the spirit realm without the Holy Spirit. How do we tell the difference between spiritualism and the Holy Spirit?
Over the last few years I have noticed an increase in spiritualism trying to operate in churches. Just because something sounds spiritual doesn’t necessarily mean that it is of God. Just because someone says, “Thus saith the Lord, or I saw this, or I heard that,” doesn’t mean that it is the Spirit of God. It could be another spirit. It is important for the prophetic church to be able to understand the difference between spiritualism and the Holy Spirit. In this essay we will look at the characteristics of spiritualism.
Just because someone has a prophetic label doesn’t mean that they have the accurate goods.Spiritualism is the counterfeit of the Holy Spirit.
Fortune-telling, for example, is the counterfeit of the foretelling of prophetic operations.
Physic healing is the counterfeit of God’s healing power.
For almost every true gift and flow of God, there is a demonic counterfeit.
A spiritualist operates inside the spirit realm unlawfully with help from familiar spirits.The closer we get to the end of the age the more we will see an increase in spiritualism, even operating within our churches. We already see people using occult Kabbalah practices, for example, to prophesy with symbols and numbers. The devil of spiritualism likes to hang out in church because that is an area where it can express itself.Those that have the most contact with spiritualism are those who operate in prophetic ministry. There are some that want to flow prophetically in what I call dark sayings. They are not called by the Holy Spirit but chase spiritual experiences fueled by pride. They want to operate in prophetic ministry to be seen of men.“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” (2 Peter 2:1) Peter was not speaking of prophetic ministry outside the church in this Scripture. Peter was saying there was, and shall continue to be false prophets among the people. Notice the word “prophets.” He was referring to false prophetic operations. Those operating in spiritualism seek out prophetic ministry. I believe strongly in true prophetic operations of the Spirit of God, but you must understand the false too just as Peter did.“Follow after charity and desire spiritual gifts but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.” (1 Corinthians 14:1-3) This verse is a great key to understanding prophetic utterances. Prophecy should edify and build up its hearers. It should not release instability or confusion.
Whatever God reveals, one should be able to understand.
Prophecy should build and strengthen you to fight the good fight of faith. It should be fuel that strengthens you and encourages you to keep on going.
Prophecy should give you a knowing in your heart and not a wondering in your head. We have heard some ask, “I wonder what that prophetic word meant?” Some prophecies are so unclear they could mean fifty different things.
Our God is not a fake. He is capable of making himself clear. Prophecy should encourage the hearer with divine exhortation and comfort. If it doesn’t then it’s not prophecy.