To testify: “To make a statement based on personal belief or conviction” (Webster). To be able to give a “personal testimony” is part of the training in some denominations because it encourages boldness in telling about their doctrine.
Example #1: A young man visited a church where some were testifying about experiences of being saved. He was told he must give his own story to join their denomination. Since he had no experience to tell, he made up a story about being saved while walking in the woods one day. He finally had it well in mind and went to the front of the church and told it. However when his conscience later troubled him, he confessed his deception and was reprimanded. He thought: “How strange. When I told a lie they received me and when I told the truth they kicked me out!”
Example #2: Mormons testify about Joseph Smith and his myth about golden plates.
It is obvious that testifying does not necessarily verify truth. A person can be honestly mistaken or put under pressure to testify an untruth. The only truth about being saved from sin is recorded in the Bible. Read God’s testimonies of salvation as in Acts chapters
2, 8, 9, 10, 16 & 22; Mark
16:15-16; Romans 6:3-4, 17-18. If your testimony does not conform to God’s, you have been deceived.
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