Jeremiah lamented, ‘Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets… For the adulterers; For because of swearing, the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right. For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, on my house have I found their wickedness, saith the Lord.(Jeremiah 23:9,10,11).
Jesus warns, Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits…( Mathew 7:16,16).
For there shall arise false Christ, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold I have told you before (Mathew 24: 24,25).
Paul’s warning, “These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. . . . Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness”.2 Corinthians 11:13–15
False preachers, prophets, and apostles are now on the rise as never before in the body of Christ, operating as true ministers of God. Matt 7: 15, clarifies this for us, but the Bible gives us a better clue to discerning them in Matt 7: 16, scriptures says ” Ye shall know them by their fruits, Do men gather grapes of thorns or fig of thistles”?
How do we recognise false prophets and teachers?
** They are followers of their own spirit, not the Holy Spirit. So, they come up with wrong revelations of scriptures which is false. God says Ezekiel 13:2-3,” Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing”
2 pet 2:18 -19 says, ” For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage”
As a result of their insatiable want of money, their major reason for preaching are for money, miracles, healing, and deliverance. They prophesy money out of people’s pockets. God says in 2 pet 2: 3, ” And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgement now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not”
They are not interested in knowing the source of members’ offerings and tithes, and even when they know, they still command the blessings of God on such ill fortunes, thereby encouraging evil. God says in 2 pet 2:15, “Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness”
** They would at seldom times, or at length never preach on repentance, holy living, God’s coming judgments, hell, etc. They speak when God has not said. God says in Ezk 13:6-7, “They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others hope that they would confirm the word.
**They are preachers of false doctrines, giving wrong prophecies, teaching what negates godly living. Ezk 13:10
God says in 2 pet 2:13,” And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it a pleasure to riot in the daytime. Sports they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you”
**There is sadness, and exaltation of the wicked in their preaching and behaviour. God says in Ezk 13:22, ” Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divination: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the Lord”.
May the Lord set many captives free from these false prophets in Jesus’ name.
Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord that steal my words every one from his neighbour” Jer 23:30.
*Prophet Jeremiah’s example*
*Prophet Ezekiel’s example.*
*John the Baptist’s example:*
*A few of such Prophets in our contemporary church include:*
John Abiola.Revive Us Again series 64.
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