By George Card
As a Christian minister sometimes I am amazed at all the nonsense, foolishness and falsehoods that sometimes are preached from the pulpit. But what leaves me sometimes more amazed is all the Amen and oh yes shouts that I hear from the audience. The word Amen means agreement, that what is preached is accepted. I know that some people just mindless shout Amen to anything that comes from the pulpit, but others are actually serious in their agreement.
Jesus and his disciples warned us that there would be many false prophets, but I just do not think that many Christians have taken their warnings seriously enough. There are false teachers, teaching all kinds of foolish ideas and one would think no one would pay any attention to them, but nope, you look behind the false teacher and sure enough they have a crowed following him or her.
Gullible people are abundant; Jesus said that false prophets would deceive many, Paul continuously warned of false teachers, John, Peter and Jude also warned us, but all their warnings have fallen on deaf ears. With so many warnings given one would think that false prophets would have a hard time gathering disciples, but not, there are always plenty of suckers around.
Paul warned us that in the last days there would be false prophets of the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women. (2 Timothy 3:6) Just like Satan deceived Eve, by twisting the word of God, so likewise these women will be deceived by the twisted words of these false prophets.
Some of them come knocking on people’s door, while others come thru the radio or television. How many women and men who stay at home have been deceived by these false preachers is beyond number, these persons ignorant of the Bible and having little understanding of the deceptive talk of Satan often are easy prey for those false prophets.
Please people stop being so gullible. Stop falling for those false prophets. Stop being so dumb and just believe anything that a person carrying a Bible says. The Bible is just a prop for those false preachers and prophets of deceit. They twist the scriptures to deceive the ignorant. The Bible says to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1) A false prophet will flunk one or more of the following tests.
The first sign of a false prophet is anyone who teaches out of any other book besides the Bible, which is the only word of God. If the person brings to you a magazine, or some other book besides the Bible, cover your ears right away they are false prophets do not listen to them; do not walk away from them, better yet run away from them.
Jesus said that by their fruits you would know the false prophets. The fruit is what the tree produces, so what kind of Christians do their teachings produce? Do they produce Christians who are carnal, no different than the world? Do the Christians in those churches behave like the world? If you cannot tell the difference between what the world produces and what that group produces then you have a false prophet.
Paul said that a false prophet would preach a different Gospel. Anyone preaching any other Gospel than what Paul or the apostles preached is a false prophet. Paul and Peter preached Jesus life, death, burial and resurrection. They preached faith toward Jesus, repentance of sins, baptism in the name of Jesus and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. That was their gospel anyone preaching a different Gospel is not preaching what they preach and therefore are false prophets.
Any prophet predicting the second coming of Christian in a certain date is a false prophet; Jesus said that no one would know the day of his coming. Anytime you hear someone giving a date for the second coming of Christ, you can be sure that person is a false prophet.
If a prophet says something that does not come to pass they are a false prophet, God established that test of a false prophet in Deuteronomy 18:21, once a prophet says something and it does not happened you are not to listen to such prophet anymore, they have failed the test of a true prophet. They are deceivers and liars, no matter if they apologize for their false prophecy, they already revealed themselves as false, the only reason they apologize is because they got caught.
Another test is what they are confessing. “Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God.” (1 John 4:2-3) If a prophet refuses to confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, then he is a false prophet.
A false prophet will not continue in the teachings of Jesus. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ. (2 John 1:9)
Still another test is that a prophet cannot deny the father and the son. (2 John 1:9-11). A teacher that will not preach and teach and confess the father and the son is a false prophet. The denial of either the father or the son is proof of their falsehood.
A false prophet will try to teach things that are not in the Bible, if you hear something that sounds fishy, then ask the person who said, where that is in the Bible. If they cannot show you in the Bible then it is not from God. Don’t fall for the trick of “it’s a spiritual revelation” or it is some type of “secret knowledge,” only known by a few chosen disciples. If their teachings are not from the Bible then stay away from those teachers.
The best way to detect a false prophet is to know the word of God. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6) If you do not know what the Bible says, then you will easily be deceived. If you know what the Bible says, you will know when someone is trying to pull a fast one on you.
False prophets are greedy of money; they want to make disciples in order to fleece them. They want to pull the wool over your eyes and take you for a ride. Pinocchio was easily deceived by “honest” John because he was naïve, simple minded and gullible, be a little skeptical.