Good mornin to you, and thank you for stopping by to visit my post about false prophets.
This post isn’t intended to be comprehensive in identifying every flavor of false prophet out there, (there’s just too many types of false prophets out there to reference in one post).
However I do intend to spotlight a handful of prolific false prophet types that plague the religious scene today.
First of all, above all other identifying-characteristics of false prophets, every false prophet is man-centered in his message. Whether it be a focus on himself/herself or on you…man is the center of his fixation.
let me show you from scripture what I’m talking about please.
The following warning from Deuteronomy 18 speaks volumes which rebukes the charismatic/pentecostal types of false prophets. These are people who love to be revered as prophets whom God speaks through. And they use Jesus and the Holy Ghost as props to spotlight themselves.
“But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.“
If you’ve ever been involved in that sort of group, then you know how they frequently claim extrabiblical revelation such as: “the Holy Ghost is saying (insert heretical proclamation here) ”
their “word from God” is inevitably proven to be a false “word from God” when it doesn’t come to pass, (because God didn’t say any such thing). Just as Deuteronomy 18 warns us.
The reason why God isn’t speaking through these people is because they preach another gospel. Therefore if God were to speak through those people, He would be tacitly endorsing their false-gospel ministry.
Moreover, narcissistic personalities gravitate toward leadership-roles in the charismatic/pentecostal groups because they’re revered by their followers to the point of idolatry. And undiscerning followers are strongly discouraged from questioning whatever their narcissistic leader claims.
(And this applies to every flavor of false prophet:
the false prophet expects people to address him (or her) with a religious title. Like I said, false prophets are egocentric to their very core).
This next form of false prophet is closely aligned with the first.
16 “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.”
This false prophet is the ear-tickler. This is the guy (or gal nowadays) who won’t preach about God’s wrath that abides on unsaved humanity. This is your smiling feel-good preacher that dominates most of Americanized religion. Yes this includes the likes of Joel Osteen and Steven Furtick, but most of the preachers that I’ve encountered are of this same heretical ilk. Manpleasers, hielings, the guy who’s concerned with numbers.
Their followers rush headlong into hell because they refuse to hear the truth about their sin-guilt & God’s wrath that abides on them.
And this last type of false prophet that I’m going to reference in this post is the one who refuses to believe the record that God gave of his Son.
10 “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
These false prophets are the “works salvationists,” and they are literally everywhere. Believe it or not they’re the smiling manpleasers as well as the fire-breathing revivalist.
This guy puts the focus on you.
This is the proponent of the doctrine that a spiritually dead sinner must repent of his sins to be saved. Which heresy is often cloaked in another heresy known as “progressive sanctification.”
he’ll put the professing Christian under law or some other slight-of-hand to deter his followers from resting in the finished work of Christ. And he/she wears every sort of religious label…baptist, pentecostal, presbyterian, roman catholic, assembly of God, church of Christ, methodist, (he’s literally everywhere in the religious world).
It makes no difference if he is all smiles and declares what a winner you are to God, or if he’s all about preaching on hell & damnation…this guy will in the end tell you that you have to repent of your sins or perform some act for you to get saved. Which is damning heresy.
(The book of Galatians was written largely to warn of this prevalent heresy, and to prayerfully read Galatians is time well-spent).
Like I said, this post isn’t intended to feature every form of false prophet. Nevertheless it still should serve as a useful warning for some of the more prevalent wolves in our society.
So with that warning about false prophets now concluded, I want to leave you with some evidences to look for in a true preacher of God.
Look for the man who doesn’t craft his messages to not offend people, he uses only the KJV, (or its textus receptus equivalent in another language), he warns people of God’s wrath upon their guilt, and he boldly proclaims God’s free grace in Christ.
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ!
And no glory to us whatsoever!
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