"God spoke to me..."

Claiming Divine Revelation has been the mainstay of religious hucksters and quacks for thousands of years. Avoid any one who claims that God or some angel spoke to them. It’s well documented that when Joseph Smith’s wife caught him in adultery, he concocted a story, telling her that God told him to allow or bring back polygamous marriages.

Some of the worst monsters in history have claimed direct communication with God. Preachers who claim divine revelation, especially where money is concerned, should be avoided like the plague. Claiming some kind of superior relationship or special communication with God that only he or she is privy to is the mark of a liar. The bible is clear that God ended personal communication and revelation with human beings with Jesus Christ:

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son. (Heb 1:1-2)

Notice the past tense: “has spoken to us,” not “is speaking to us.” God didn’t somehow forget to add something, where He now has to speak to someone directly. No one has a secret phone line to the Throne. 

Everything God has revealed to mankind has been laid out in His Last Will and Testament, the New Testament. He doesn’t tell people to sell their homes and donate the money to the church. He doesn’t “lay it on your heart” to abandon your job and family and head off to the foreign mission fields. Many who listened to their own conscience, claiming it was God speaking to them, have met misery and failure as a result. Others who have had overwhelming success in such endeavors did so because they were done with much prayer, advice from others, and a good church to back them up.

Who said it was God whispering in your ear? What proof do you have? It could very well be Satan, who disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Cor 11:15) Even if you’re a Christian, does that make every thought that enters your mind from God? Or is it just the ones you think are His?

A person can by led by the Spirit (Rom 8:14; Gal 5:18), but this is gained through prayer, study, and application of what they learn from the Word. Being led by the Spirit doesn’t mean direct and detailed conversation with God.

The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. (Rom 14:22) In other words, if you’re going to insist that God speaks, or has spoken to you, keep it to yourself. Don’t blab it around, using it as proof that what you’re doing is inspired by the Holy Spirit. It will most likely smell bogus.