Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world. Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1-6, NRSV)
If you read it on the internet it has to be true!
Well if that is the case, Abraham Lincoln said, “The thing about quotes from the internet is that it’s hard to verify their authenticity.” And that folks just didn’t happen. The internet wasn’t even a thought when Abe was here. So just like stories from the internet or quotes we have to look up, we also must be diligent in our faith to not just believe what one is telling us, but to test the spirit to make sure it is of God. Many will come to lead us astray, even those whom we believe are sent to not do that, so we must test every spirit!