1 John 4:1

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RSV (also NRSV)

1 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.


1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

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This passage was referenced here (4.4.3) in our response to the AACE discussion questions.

John, as Paul (see Philippians 4:8‎), expects members of the ecclesia to judge what is true, and to suspect that many "prophets" are false. How should they do that? This critical thinking is wisdom.