Posts Tagged ‘False Prophets


A Donkey Knows Better

One of the most fascinating stories of the Old Testament is about Balaam and is found in Numbers 22-23. Balaam was a prophet of God who was summoned by Israel’s enemies, the Moabites, to put a curse on God’s people. God spoke through Balaam’s donkey to rebuke Balaam. God knew Balaam’s heart and he was willing to curse God’s people for money. Peter wrote:

They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. – 2 Peter 2:15-16 (NIV)

So what does this have to do with false prophets? Peter says that false prophets love false profits. Their motivation is greed. So beware of false prophets who promise you wealth and prosperity all the while getting rich off of you.

Truth Versus Lies

False teachers are nothing new. In the days of the Old Testament prophets, there were false prophets. Peter warned his readers that false teachers would come among them as well. He wrote:

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. – 2 Peter 1:1 (NIV)

If you want to recognize a false teacher, you have to know what is true. You have to know what God says in His Word to be able to spot heresy and false teaching. If you don’t know the truth, how can it set you free? If you don’t know the truth, how will you ever be able to differentiate it from a lie? God has revealed the truth of His Son in His Word. Commit yourself to knowing the truth so that you won’t fall victim to a lie.

Testing The False Prophets

There are many false teachers and false prophets in our world. There are people who claim to speak for God, but are deceiving millions. We have to be discerning to know what is truth and what are lies. John wrote:

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  – 1 John 4:1 (NIV)

If you are listening to someone claim to speak for God, do you know if they are telling the truth or if they are speaking lies? The best way to know if someone is a false prophet is to study the truth of God’s Word. Know the truth and the truth will set you free from the lies of false prophets and teachers. Don’t believe every preacher just because they’re on TV or the internet or writing a blog. Study the Word of God and learn the truth for yourself.

Away From Me!

Good Monday morning to you! You would think that those who call Jesus, “Lord, Lord” and who do supernatural wonders in His name would be shoo-ins for Heaven.

Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ – Matthew 7:22-23 (NIV)

But in Matthew 7:21, Jesus said plainly that only the one who does the will of God will enter into Heaven. False prophets and teachers will claim that Jesus is Lord and claim to do wonders in His name, but in reality, they’re only in it for themselves. Remember, by their fruit you will know them. Judge a preacher, teacher or pastor by the fruit produced by their lives, not by their sermons, books or studies. After all, that’s what Jesus is going to do.

The Destiny Of False Prophets

Jesus concludes His teaching on false and true prophets with these words from Matthew 7:

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. – Matthew 7:17-20 (NIV)

We can recognize a false prophet and a false teacher by the fruit produced by their lives. Inconsistency and hypocrisy are the fruit of false teachers and false prophets. Their destiny is destruction. Those who purposefully lead people astray with false teachings are destined to be cut off and thrown into the fire. When false teachers and false prophets spew forth heretical lies, God is listening. He will repay those who lead people astray. We must be on our guard against those who preach and teach lies. Instead, we must listen to the Truth of God’s Word with discerning ears and hearts. May the Holy Spirit be our guide.

Watch Out!

Good Tuesday morning to you! One of my greatest fears is leading people astray when I preach and teach. I don’t want to be a false prophet or teacher. I want to make sure that I am handling God’s Word correctly and with great care. Jesus said:

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. – Matthew 7:15 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, we must be on our guard against those who are false prophets and teachers. There are preachers and teachers who will manipulate God’s Word and God’s people to make a buck or to feed their egos. The best way to guard against false prophets and teachers is to know your Bible. Spend time in God’s Word and listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. You’ll be able to discern between the truth and false teachings much easier. You will not be as likely to be led astray. False teachers and prophets will come and go, but the Word of God stands forever.

God Doesn’t Understand

Micah 2:6-11 (NIV)

“Do not prophesy,” their prophets say.
    “Do not prophesy about these things;
    disgrace will not overtake us.”
You descendants of Jacob, should it be said,
    “Does the Lord become impatient?
    Does he do such things?”

“Do not my words do good
    to the one whose ways are upright?
Lately my people have risen up
    like an enemy.
You strip off the rich robe
    from those who pass by without a care,
    like men returning from battle.
You drive the women of my people
    from their pleasant homes.
You take away my blessing
    from their children forever.
10 Get up, go away!
    For this is not your resting place,
because it is defiled,
    it is ruined, beyond all remedy.
11 If a liar and deceiver comes and says,
    ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’
    that would be just the prophet for this people!


Let’s face it, we​ don’t always like what God’s Word says to us, do we?  The Bible holds up a mirror to us and shows us our flaws.  The Bible tells us that we don’t measure up.  God, in His Word, tells us how we should be living.  The Bible points out our errors and mistakes.  The Bible, rightly so, calls us sinners and calls us to repent.  The problem is…we don’t want to.

Micah was prophesying against God’s people and they didn’t want to hear it.  Verse 8 says that God’s people had become like an enemy to Him.  They didn’t like hearing that God would be upset with them.  They wanted soothing words and sweet messages.  They wanted a kinder, gentler God with few expectations.  Look at verse 11:

If a liar and deceiver comes and says,
    ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’
    that would be just the prophet for this people!​ – Micah 2:11 (NIV)​

​The people of Micah’s day wanted God’s blessings and good times, but they had rejected God!  They wanted false prophets to tell them everything was just fine and dandy, but things were not that way at all!

This is true in America today.  We don’t want preachers to preach the Gospel that calls us to repentance.  We don’t want pastors to call us out on our sinful habits and addictions.  We only want encouraging messages about God’s grace and love.  We want preachers to tell us that it’s okay because God understands.  God doesn’t understand!  We’re His children and He has expectations for His children just as any parent has for their children.  When we don’t measure up, we are corrected and disciplined.  We don’t want the discipline.  We don’t want to repent.  We don’t want to change.  We like to sin and we hate it when someone tells us we’re not measuring up to God’s expectations and standards of holiness.  We want the cure without the shot.  We want Heaven without the cost of repentance.  Our Heavenly Father says it just can’t be that way.  We don’t get to pick and choose what we want to do.  To do so is to create God in our image and likeness.  He will not be so diminished and demeaned.  God is God and we are not.  We do things His way or else we suffer the consequences of our actions.


PRAYER: O Father, I am a wretched sinner.  I confess that I struggle with repentance.  I need Your Spirit to help me repent and to make me holy as You are holy.  I confess that I want to do what I want to do regardless of Your expectations and regardless of the consequences.  Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned against You.  Thank You for the blood of Jesus that washes me clean.  Amen.

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