Q. I’m watching pastors and people I have gone to church with in the past 4 years turn more and more to signs and wonders and human effort but now I realize that they’ve been lead away from the Blood of the Lamb toward the “man as god” scenario. Please tell me what you think about all this. How do I explain that I can’t participate with this because I strongly feel that the Holy Spirit is telling me to depart from them?
A. Many believers insist that miracles or other signs and wonders validate ministries so they don’t exerise any discernment. In Mark 9:39 Jesus said, “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me.” To me that means that the miracle and the teaching will be consistent, so you can judge the miracle by the teaching that follows it. If the teaching is not consistent with Biblical truth, then the miracles are counterfeit and you’re right not to participate.