Discernment - New Revelation
If someone is claiming to have new revelation, it is false teaching.
This does not require a claim of new reveation, however. We need to
look at what they are actually doing. The claim may be that the teaching
clarifies scripture, or that it restores scripture to what it originally
taught. What you need to do is look at what is being taught. If it varies
from what scripture actually says, it is false teaching.
In many cases new, authorative writing is produced to support the new
Here are some examples:
The Mormans claim that what they teach is a restoration to what God
originally revealed. They say that the original revelation has been
distorted by man, and needed to be restored. God did that through the
book of Mormon, the Doctrines and Covenents, and the Pearl of Great
Price -- all of which are books produced by Joseph Smith. This is, in
effect, a claim of new revelation and is false teaching.
The Jehovah's Witnesses took a different approach when people noticed
that what they taught was not in accordance with scripture. They rewrote
the Bible, coming out with the New World Translation. That's a very
common approach. If the Bible does not agree with what you teach, change
The Catholics use another common approach, they put the teaching of
tradition in authority over the Bible.
Then there are the hyper-charismatics with their present-day apostles
and prophets, all making proclamations from God, and in many cases contradicting
each other. There are probably thousands of books written by these supposed
apostles and prophets, and most include new revelation and new "words"
from God. Apply the tests for a false prophets to these people. Who
are they glorifying? Themselves. They may speak words about glorifying
God, but what do their actions say? They glorify themselves.
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