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Then the Lord said to me, “the prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or anointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and delusions of their own minds. Therefore, this is what the Lord says about the prophets who are prophesying in my name: I did not send them, yet they are saying, ‘No sword or famine will touch this land.’ Those same prophets will perish by sword and famine. and the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and sword. There will be no one to bury them or their wives, their sons or their daughters. I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.” – Jeremiah 14:14-16 (The Holy Bible)
The test of a prophet is that what he says is true and comes to pass in every instance (Deuteronomy 18:22:). Many preachers fail the Biblical test of a prophet, therefore they are false prophets.
There is an ongoing problem in the Christian world, as Christians continue to support individuals and “ministries” which are false and spend funds in a self-indulgent, flamboyantly materialistic questionable manner and continue to beg for more money, claiming that God will give to you if you give to them. Even when those individuals and “ministries” show all the hallmarks of being false and when the giving doesn’t multiply as promised, Christians still continue to give support to these false prophets – refusing to apply any measure of commonsense and Biblical discernment in regards to the legitimacy of the alleged prophet.
Although I could easily identify the false prophets by name, I realize that not everyone is spiritual enough to handle the truth, especially where it may concerns their own idol gods (celebrity preachers/televangelist).
Therefore, I offer the following doctrinal errors that may serve as identification markers for almost every false prophet in today’s contemporary Christian world. With the help of God’s Holy Spirit, you may be able to identify and discern just who is false or who is preaching contrary to God’s Holy Truth:
- False preachers teach that God wants all believers to be wealthy (Matthew 26:11).
- False preachers teach that God speaks directly to him – commanding believers to support him.
- False preachers teach that the Bible reveals the doctrine of “Seed Faith” giving, also known as the doctrine of “Giving and Receiving,” whereby God will return a multiplication of money to a person who gives money in faith, believing that they will receive a monetary reward, primarily for donating to the ministry of the preacher (Luke 8:11).
- False preachers teach and embrace the doctrine whereby one may obtain a blessing through inanimate objects, oils, ointments, pieces of fabric, money and certain prayers (1 John 5:21).
- False preachers teach that he and others can “bind the devil” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
- False preachers teach that they have healed many people and continue to do so without offering any proof that they have ever healed any individual of any visible disease, i.e., they have never caused a missing arm or leg to appear, caused a congenitally deformed individual to become whole, healed a Down’s syndrome individual or caused a quadriplegic to walk.
- False preachers teach that you can be saved without repentance, water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in tongue (John 3:3-7, Acts 2:4, 38 ).
- False preachers teach that God calls women to “Pastor”, i.e. the priesthood. This does not mean women should not minister, pray or preach for all believers are obligated to share the Good News (See /2012/06/25/spiritual-lesbianism/.)
- False preachers teach tolerance of sexual immorality and homosexuality (Ephesians 5:3).
- False preachers teach worldly assimilation and political correctness instead of sanctification and holiness.
- False preachers teach that you can be save just with a “Sinner’s Prayer” (Acts 2:38).
- False preachers teach wisdom theology whereby you gain access to eternal life, divine wealth and health through learning Bible principles.
By now you certainly have identified at least one false prophet and I didn’t have to call anyone by name.
Be careful who you listen to and even more careful who you follow, remembering that God doesn’t change. What was holy and acceptable to God in times past are still holy and acceptable to God today. What was shameful, sinful and an abomination to God in times past are still shameful and sinful and an abomination to God today.
That is why the Bible says, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12)
The responsibility for your soul resides with you – not your preachers, denomination or church. The ultimate responsibility is yours.
Thus the exhortation from the apostle, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” (Acts 2:40)
Your eternal soul is too important to leave to chance. So why take the chance. Follow the instructions and example of God in Christ Jesus concerning salvation. You must be born again. (John 3:3-7)
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” – (Acts 2:38-39)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33
What are you seeking?