Quenching the Holy Spirit


By Dr. Ken Matto


Quench not the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19)


Is it possible for the Christian to quench the Holy Spirit?  If it wasn’t then it would not be in the Bible.  This verse is not addressing unbelievers because they do not have the Holy Spirit.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Romans 8:9) So 1 Thessalonians 5:19 is definitely aimed at believers.  The word “quench” in the Greek carries with it the meaning of “extinguish, suppress, subdue, or stifle.”  Is it possible to actually extinguish the Holy Spirit?  The answer is yes but to extinguish in this case does not mean that you have the ability to actually terminate the Holy Spirit in your life because if you could do that then you could lose your salvation and there is nothing in scripture which teaches loss of salvation but many scriptures which teach that you cannot lose your salvation.


The Holy Spirit was given to the true believer for the purpose of sealing us and guiding us into all truth:


And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)


Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John 16:13)


The Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune God and is eternal God himself.  He will guide us into all truth so we will not follow any pernicious doctrines.  Many churches and Christians invoke the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide them into truth and yet Christianity has become weaker by the day.  So how could this be that he is going to guide us into all truth and yet if we are walking in the truth it seems that Christianity has become weaker.  What could be responsible for that?


The reason is that the Christian’s mind and understanding have dual citizenship.  The Christian’s mind dwells in two realms.  The first realm is the Bible and the second realm is man’s teachings.  Whenever we adopt any of man’s teachings, we quench the Holy Spirit.  Whenever we adopt biblical teachings we stimulate the spirit within us and sets us on a path to truth which once we establish, we will never be able to be moved.  The Holy Spirit illuminates the teachings of Scripture not the teachings of man.  Whenever I refer to the Scriptures, it is always the King James Bible not the modern counterfeits.  Christianity is very duplicitous in the area of teachings.  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Mark 7:7) Jesus condemned the Pharisees that they were teaching as biblical doctrines, the commandments of men.  


The Apostle Paul in Colossians had dealt with the same type of situation.  Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, {21} (Touch not; taste not; handle not; {22} Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? (Colossians 2:20-22)  They were following the teachings of men and those teachings of men were but vanity. They had taught them as if they came from the hand of God but were the works of men. How many of these types of books do we see today? The following books are the extant works of men but are taught as if they were handed down by God: The Book of Mormon, The Divine principle by Moon, Urantia Book, Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, etc. Many religions teach the works of men as if they were the words of God. If what these people teach cannot be found in the Scriptures, then they are to be totally rejected. The Pharisees had such a system of beliefs that sounded good but was in opposition to the word of God. Much of their writings began back in Babylon during their captivity and is called the Babylonian Talmud so they had over 500 years to destroy truth.


Now we expect unbelievers to portray their false writings as if they are the word of God but are Christians guilty of the same method?  Do Christians accept the teachings of men as if they are fully backed up according to the Scriptures?  We are going to look at quite a number of prevalent church and media teachings which are portrayed as coming from the word of God and we will see that in the churches, a massive amount of incorrect and untruthful teachings are taught as biblical doctrines while in reality these teachings are the farthest from the truth.  Whenever a Christian accepts false doctrines or teachings, they will be quenching the Holy Spirit simply because they are believing a lie and that is the reason that so many Christians have gone apostate in their beliefs and are actually believing opposite what the Bible teaches and even defending the false teachings.  Once a Christians adopts a false system, that system completely bars all biblical teachings which challenges its teachings.  Let us look at some of the teachings which quench the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. 




Signs and Wonders

Modern Israel


Pre-trib Rapture

Nightclub atmosphere in churches

Prosperity Gospel

Grave Sucking

Free Will

Modern Versions

Age of Accountability



Date Setting

Judging is Wrong

Process Salvation

Third Temple in Jerusalem

Walking the Labyrinth

Mid-Acts Dispensationalism

Willful Sin Doctrine

Millennial Reign of Christ

Seven Year Tribulation Period

Christian Zionism

Two Separate Resurrections

Physical Antichrist

Unsaved Jews are God’s Chosen People

Women Preachers

Federal Vision

New Perspective on Paul


These 30 teachings which I have listed cannot be proven according to the Scriptures.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Now when I say “proven” I mean teachings which flow naturally out of the Scriptures without any forcing of the meanings of the Scriptures.  These 30 teachings are all man-made teachings and are forced upon the Scriptures.  Sin is not the only thing that can quench the Holy Spirit but false teachings are a great culprit in that area.  The Holy Spirit cannot endorse any teaching that is not taken from the Scriptures.  Those teachings which come from man, as these 30 above are, cannot be illuminated by the Holy Spirit because these teachings did not come from Him when he penned the Scriptures through the chosen vessels.  Since the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth, then that means once you adapt a false theological system or belief, you have quenched him which means your belief system is now of you and not the Lord. 


Now in the last paragraph I stated that proven doctrine is something which naturally flows out of the Scriptures without any meaning or teaching forced upon it.  Let me give you a popular example:


Pre-Tribulation Rapture

Since the COVID debacle was fostered on the world, many Christians take that to believe that the rapture is imminent, in other words they think they are going to escape what others must endure. 


16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)


1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 are used as the primary verses to prove the pre-trib rapture.  Where in these verses is a mention of timing?  There is absolutely nothing in these verses which claim a pre-tribulational rapture yet every dispensational preacher will teach that these verses are speaking about a rapture which precedes a seven year tribulation period.  How can they do that?  Because they are tied to a theological system which endorses that teaching and they do not go outside the parameters of that teaching and therefore have quenched the Holy Spirit which means they will never come to truth about biblical eschatology.


Now for us to gain the timing of the rapture we must compare 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 with what the Bible teaches in other places.  This is why we are to study because some subjects are spread throughput the Bible and isolating one or two verses will never reveal that truth.


In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52)


In 1 Thessalonians 4:16, it mentions a trump will be sounding but no time frame is given.  For the timing we look at 1 Corinthians 15:52 and see that the trump will be the “last trump” and at that last trump the true believer will be changed and the dead will be raised incorruptible.  This verse includes both the Christians who are living who will be changed and the dead in Christ who will be raised incorruptible.  So far the teaching from Scripture is flowing naturally.  Are we done confirming our findings?  No we are not!


28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28-29)


John 5:28-29 speaks about the resurrection of both the saved and unsaved happening simultaneously on one day.  Dispensationalists claim there are two separate resurrections, one for the believer which is the pre-trib rapture and 1,007 years later for the unbelievers.  Now we have run into another problem.


32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. (Matthew 25:32-33)


In Matthew 25:31-46 we read the full scenario of the Judgment Seat of Christ.  I have included only verses 32-33 for brevity but you can read the entire section and you will not see any discrepancy in what I am presenting.  In these two verses we read that both the sheep and the goats are present at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  But wait!  The dispensationalists claim there is a 1,007 year distance between these resurrections.  If their teaching is correct then why are both the saved and the unsaved being separated at the Judgment Seat of Christ if there are separate dedicated resurrections? 


Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. (John 11:24)


Here is another problem the pre-tribbers have to deal with.  Lazarus was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ but had died.  According to the pre-trib doctrine all believers up to the point of the rapture will be raised and taken to Heaven.  So then why was Lazarus bypassed and had to wait until the last day and be raised with all the unbelievers?  Why didn’t he go up in the rapture of the believers?  Was he missed or overlooked?  One more piece of “evidence” showing the pre-trib rapture is a forced and false doctrine.


And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (John 6:39)


And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John



No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44)


Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:54)


Here are four verses spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ himself that he is going to raise the true believers at the last day.  The words “last day” are singular which denotes only one last day.  Last is last!  The Lord Jesus Christ states that the true believer is going to be raised on the last day.  Remember 1 Corinthians 15:52 which speaks of “the last trump.”  That harmonizes perfectly with these four verses from John.  So who are you going to believe, your theological system, prophecy book, or pastor, or are you going to believe the Lord Jesus Christ?


He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (John 12:48)


One more tidbit of truth.  Above we see John 12:48 which is another quote from the Lord Jesus Christ.  It states that those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ and does not receive his words, they will be judged at the last day.  Remember, Matthew 25:32-33 where both believers and unbelievers are at the Judgment Seat of Christ being separated?  The five verses of John give overwhelming evidence that both believers and unbelievers will be raised on the last day, only one general resurrection.  There is no such thing as dual resurrections.


Now I did this short study to show that the contrived teaching of a pre-trib rapture is totally inconsistent with what the Bible really teaches.  The same can be done with the other 29 I listed in this study along with many other false doctrines floating around Christianity today.  When we compare what we have been taught with what the Bible really teaches, we will come to the conclusion that Christianity has more false doctrines being forced on it than true doctrines.



The reason Christians do not grow is because they have quenched the Holy Spirit by committing themselves to man-made theological systems and doctrines.  If you stop watering a plant what will happen?  Its growth will be stunted and eventually it will die.  Sin is not the only thing that quenches the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life but the adaptation of false teachings and doctrines.  Many Christians have stopped growing in their Christian walk simply because they chose to stop at the borders of their theological system or their church teachings and never investigate what they are taught.  The only way a Christian can grow in the faith is by stepping outside the boundaries of their theological systems and study the Bible and challenge every teaching you are given.  When I was a young Christian 40 years ago I believed dispensationalism but since I rid myself of the scourge of prophecy books and studied the Bible alone on the subjects I was taught, I have concluded that Christianity has been sold a bill of goods.  Here is the Free Dictionary definition of “bill of goods.”  “To get someone to believe something that isn't true; to deceive someone.”


Many Christians proclaim their love for the Bible but many do not even know what is between its pages.  The majority of Christians accept for biblical doctrines the teachings of men.  Look at some of the old commentaries like John Gill or Matthew Poole and see if you can find anything about dispensationalism before 1830.  Basically what I am saying is that all teachings must be put under the microscope of Scripture and if they are found wanting even in only one aspect, then the teaching is to be rejected.  Christianity will never become one impenetrable unit until all theological systems are abandoned and the Bible becomes the true authority.  If Christianity is to stand as “one man” as they did back in the time of Ezra, then man’s teachings must be rejected and the Bible must be placed at the center of Christianity.  And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel. (Nehemiah 8:1)  How can the Holy Spirit propel you into a stronger and more sound Christianity if you choose to remain in a false, dead belief system?  He can’t, so there you remain until you start searching the Scriptures for yourself!