Yesterday I touched on having truth without the Spirit. There is also a sort of flip side to that, which is a pitfall. Having spirit without the Truth.
This is old news, but bears repeating as so many miss or forget it . . . and so, go off on grand "spiritual" journeys . . . having "spiritual" experiences . . . where the Truth is not there.
The devil, demons, familiar spirits . . . often bring a "spiritual" experience. Those involved with "new age" teachings, Eastern mysticism, so-called "white magic" etc., do have profound "spiritual" experiences on occasion. If pursued deeply, these "spiritual" experiences grow and will even produce "supernatural" abilities like astral travel, clairvoyance, telekinesis, future seeing, remote viewing, remote influence etc. To the one who does not have the Truth, but has these experiences, it is all too easy to become dangerously lost, as he or she assumes they are on a proper "spiritual path." They will think and say, "look here, the proof is in the pudding. This is getting me results!"
The demonic, supernatural side of things can also produce (for a time) ecstatic feelings, a "high", purpose . . . which the practitioner mistakes for being God, or angelic influence, or the Holy Spirit.
Many such "paths" are followed, which, while producing "spirit" (as they are directed by unclean and other evil spirits) lack the Truth. Jesus is the life, the TRUTH, the way . . . alone. There is no other way to God--to the one, true, living God, but through Him.
There ARE ways to other spirits and other "spiritual" experiences. In all these dangerous (and ultimately blasphemous and idolatrous) cases you will see the practitioner minimize the man/God Jesus . . . along with marginalizing, minimizing the critical nature of His Word.
The Bible, along with "the Christ" . . . will be just some other resources, along with occult knowledge, Eastern mystical techniques and practices, along with "positive thinking" pop psychology . . . and various subtle forms of sorcery and witchcraft . . . and whatever else is tempting at the time . . . which are used in a conglomerate ideology . . . in place of The Truth.
But, we are to worship IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. One without the other . . . is bound to result in "doctrines of demons."
As always, it boils down to whether you love Truth or not--Who is God, Who is Spirit. If you don't, you will learn to love a lie. And you will fight for the lie, defend it, protect it, evangelize it; just as the Born Again do when they have been revealed the Truth.
There is only one of two ways to go. One is narrow, one is broad, wide. . . .
Just as Jesus was attacked, those who follow the narrow way . . . are ever being attacked as being "judgmental", "narrow-minded", "religious", "legalistic", "exclusivist", "harsh", "unloving". . . .
But it is among the most loving things in the world--to speak the Truth, regardless of consequences, to engage, as the Lord directed, to warn . . . to proclaim the good news. Which "good news" . . . is not found in the false "spiritual" experiences and "paths/ways" of fallen humanity/angels.