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Can the Unsaved Speak for God?

Balaam’s Donkey
Apparently unsaved people can know God’s mind and speak for him.  I make that statement based on the fact that Balaam’s donkey spoke for God to Balaam and he was certainly not “saved.” (See Numbers 22)
“Then Balak’s anger was aroused against Balaam, and he struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have bountifully blessed them these three times! “Now therefore, flee to your place. I said I would greatly honor you, but in fact, the LORD has kept you back from honor.”” (Numbers 24:10-11 NKJV)
“They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;” (2 Peter 2:15 NKJV)
“Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.” (Jude 1:11 NKJV)
““But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.” (Revelation 2:14 NKJV)
Questions about Balaam and my Answers
Reading about Balaam has caused me to ask myself some questions.  My conclusions may not satisfy you but they satisfy me.  But as per usual, I reserve the right to change my mind without notice.  We read the story of Balaam in Numbers in the Old Testament and he is referenced three times in the New Testament.  
1.  Was Balaam a “believer”?  No and neither was his donkey but God spoke through both.
2.  Do the unsaved know the will of God?  Absolutely and sometimes they know it better than the truly saved.  It is quite evident that Satan and demons in the New Testament knew who the Lord was.
3.  Does God speak through the unsaved? Yes, and again he spoke through a donkey as well as through Balaam.
4.  Do the unsaved that seem to have prophetic powers know how to defeat the true believer?  Yes, and they have no real love for the true worshipers of Jehovah in the Old Testament and of the Lord in the New.
5.  How do we discern a man like Balaam?  MONEY, the wages of unrighteousness.  Peter calls it a desire for profit.  Balaam was being held back from honor by only prophesying what the Lord had told him to say.
The Sign That Really Counts
It is time to forsake the signs and wonders preachers and to start believing the preachers of the Gospel.  The Gospel is the dynamite of God and is able to save.  And it is the truth.  It was verified by the empty tomb.  That is the only sign that really counts.  Believers need to pray for discernment.  Unbelievers need to put their trust in the simple promises of Scripture rather than in men who seem to have unusual powers.
Bruce Collins
Meditation for the week of February 28, 2021

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