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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?
We need Jesus not our Pastors or anyone else, it is very sad indeed that there are many false Prophets and False Preachers out there. I will be very strict with choosing a Pastor. Otherwise I will leave him in this case. Many People thinks that Prophet is a person who predict the future events. But I think Prophet is not a person who predict the future events. The Prophet is a Person who to speak the truth about Jesus, in this case. Normally some False Prophets are people who don’t believe in Jesus, and tries to keep people away from Jesus. I think Pat Robinson and TB Joshua are False Prophets, take note I am not a Racist, I love black people, but TB Joshua is not a good teacher. Jesus do not want me to go to Hell but Jesus had warned me that some people whatever they are Christians or not will try to hinder my path to seeking Jesus. Hopeless isn’t it.
There are a few things here that I identified as spiritual abuse. What Christians call “false prophets” we also must understand that these false prophets often spiritually abuse individuals within their ministries (adults and children) in order to fulfill their own purposes.
I will say that I believe God has called us all to be wealthy, however this in itself is a broad statement. To be wealthy depends on what your view of wealth is! You are what you believe. I also believe that we must have an intimately personal relationship with God that cannot be penetrated by motivational speaking.
And, if I understand you correctly, you are saying that we need to teach that Romans 10:9-10 and Acts 2:38 are necessary which means speaking in tongues.
I think this is an awesome post, and it leaves one wanting more explanation. I think you should consider writing another post that breaks down your bullet pointed beliefs.
Never know who could be reading.
To God Be The Glory. Thanks for visiting my blog and reading a few of my articles.
You may want to check out the following links for further explanation on True Salvation and the Holy Spirit. May God grant you divine insight beyond empirical and intellectual evaluation.(James 1:5)
Keep Looking Up!
may God help us because there are so many Prophets
The Genuine Holy Spirit will Discern the Truth For Us. Be Blessed.
Thank u brother its time for u to really expose these teachers . Our family and futures are at stake thanks may the GOD of peace strengthen you and protect you and your family from brother. Thomas
THANK YOU MY FRIEND AND BROTHER FOR TAKING THE TIME TO REPLY. MAY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BE BLESSED.
May The Lord bless all those that have his spirit(God spirit) it has been 6 months ago sense me and my family left the church we attended (jesus in action ministries) I saw how God through his Holy Spirit let me see and hear things that we’re not of him but Satan in the mist of it all. I would pray every time that God would open eyes and for me to able to discern what was true and false and the time came when this so called pastor and prophet confused the whole congregation so that when he asked the people if those who thought that him and his wife were feeding everyone correctly the word of God to please stand and in the confusion no one stood up, now God says that he is not the author of confusion, only satan would do this and he also humiliated my son in front of the congregation,me and my family were so shamed that I knew this was our cue to run and never come back.Today God has open our eyes more than ever when it comes to his word that I feel i am on the same page with God,we are also learning things we did not know.I than you because in this site I have also learned a few things too. May The Lord continue to bless you Bishop Prince
PRAISE THE LORD SISTER NEWTON. ALL PRAISE AND GLORY BELONGS TO GOD THE FATHER IN THE NAME OF CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR.
I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THAT PASTOR, ESPECIALLY THE HUMILIATION YOUR SON SUFFERED. HOWEVER, I DO THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY BLOG AND TAKING THE TIME TO LEAVE A REPLY. HERE IS A LINK THAT YOU AND YOUR SON MAY FIND INTERESTING AND ENCOURAGING. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=778445192165691&set=a.168485616494988.41232.100000006514106&type=1&theater
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im nt going any church,im prayin wth my own kids in my own place cause of false prophets n chuches.i pray god every day to rebealed me a true church.is there any true church or pastors in tis world?.if yes were?
BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND IN THE STRENGTH OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT, I ENDEAVOR TO BE WHO GOD CALLED ME TO BE. WORSHIP SHOULD ALWAYS BEGIN IN THE HOME AND BE MAINTAINED IN THE HOME WHEREVER POSSIBLE. FOR WHERE GOD’S SPIRIT RESIDES, THERE IS THE CHURCH.
I totally agree with you. We must be baptized in the Name of Jesus. I pray for people who sit in man made buildings, what they call “the church” If we are in earnest and baptized in the Name of Jesus, we are his church. One body many members. Many people think we are crazy the way we believe. After seeing this post, I was just wondering. Do you see by the scripture that God’s name is Jesus? Do you see by the scripture that God is a spirit from the beginning to the end? Do you see that heaven and hell is here on earth, like it was in the beginning, when Adam and Eve lived in the garden on Eden, they were removed from the sight of God because they had sinned.
Thank you for leaving a reply and bless you.