Today more than ever we have to be on guard against false prophets, apostles, pastors, etc. I am going to go over 5 signs to help you recognize false prophets.
1. Boast about themselves.
The bible states in 2 Corinthians 10:17 If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD. False prophets love to boast about themselves!!! I know that boasting about oneself is a common thing to do in our society. Yet, it is not the Godly thing to do. We should give God the glory when we accomplish great things in our lives. We should boast about how good God is and not ourselves. It takes humility to give God the glory and not try to take it for yourself.
2. Love attention and are religious.
In Matthew 23:5-7 it states then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples’ everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside. They wear robes with extra long tassels. And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called Rabbi.
Some called themselves
These people love to be seen and be the center of attention. They are so full of themselves and want to be recognized by their title. You know the type of people who demand to be called “Pastor”, Bishop”, “Prophetess”, etc, or they will have a fit.
The other day, I was thinking how could spiritual leaders go around and walk in pride. Most won’t apologize when they make mistakes and don’t care about God or people. I heard these words in the spirit “some called themselves”….. It all made sense to me because if you called yourself, you only have to answer to yourself and not God.
3. Prophesy using sense and reason and are not led by the Holy Spirit.
In John 16:13 it states when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not be presenting his own ideas. He will be telling you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. A few weeks ago, a lady who said she was led by the Lord prophesied a husband for me and my college age daughter. This woman calls herself a pastor. She told us if we trust God He will send us a man. Thanks be to God, I already have a husband. Although I look younger than my age, she should have never assumed anything and should have asked me if I was married before she told a lie.
4. Don’t admit wrong and say one thing and do another.
In Matthew 23:1-4 it states the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. These are the type of people that hold others to a high standard, but they don’t hold themselves to a high standard, too. Last but not least,
5. Are popular.
The bible in Luke 6:26 states woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
A true prophet is not popular. He or she brings encouragement, hope, and correction. It is not easy to bring correction in a society when many people don’t admit wrong. There is a lot of persecution, suffering, and loneliness that true prophets go through. This is not an easy life calling, but false prophets make it seem that way. It is not about being popular or “seen of men”, but being a spokesperson for God.
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