Thursday, June 21, 2007

How do you define a False Prophet? Pt 1

A False prophet is a label given to a person who is viewed as illegitimately claiming charismatic authority within a religious group. The individual may be seen as one who falsely claims the gift of prophecy. Examples of false prophets. Oral Robers, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Jim Jones, Paul Crouch, Kim Clement. If these names rub you the wrong way please do not be offended. Just do your research, even the world has factual information regarding these charlatans so it is about time the church wakes up.

Deuteronomy 13: 1 If there arise in the midst of thee a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and he give thee a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or unto that dreamer of dreams: for Jehovah your God proveth you, to know whether ye love Jehovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after Jehovah your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death, because he hath spoken rebellion against Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of bondage, to draw thee aside out of the way which Jehovah thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee.

Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thy heart, How shall we know the word which Jehovah hath not spoken? 22 when a prophet speaketh in the name of Jehovah, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which Jehovah hath not spoken: the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him.

About 2 weeks ago I gave a copy of the newspaper that I write for to a co-worker. She read my article on "The Relinquishing of Sound Doctrine" and she said that I must in a cult. I asked for an explanation and she could not provide me with one. She proceeded to ask me what is a False Prophet. I said, "someone who gives false prophecies". I referenced the above scriptures. She also asked me did I think that her pastor(my previous pastor) was a false prophet, I said no. I did not know of any false prophecies that he had spewed from his mouth. I did tell her he listens to false prophets such as Kenneth Copeland, Kim Clement, Creflo Dollar, Paula White, and many more. So I can't understand how he could hear from God and be wrong about so many of these teachers. He says he audibly hears from God on so many other things, has God forgot to mention this while he was talking to you, I think not.

The scriptures in Deuteronomy13 and 18 were talking to the Israelites obviously, but the lessons that God told them very much are relevant today especially. For example in Exodus 7-10 miraculous signs were never meant to be a sign of truth, whether a dreamer or sorcerer's dream came true; it was irrelevant if it contradicted a command of God. Also mentioned is the fact that God was testing them to see the true disposition of their hearts. In the 18th chapter Moses makes it plain that when they give false prophecies and some do not come true, they have not spoken from the Lord. By this passage we can see that some of the false prophets prophecies would come true but the true prophet according to scripture is 100% accurate.

Jeremiah 23:16 Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they teach you vanity; they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Jehovah. 17 They say continually unto them that despise me, Jehovah hath said, Ye shall have peace; and unto every one that walketh in the stubbornness of his own heart they say, No evil shall come upon you. 18 For who hath stood in the council of Jehovah, that he should perceive and hear his word? who hath marked my word, and heard it? 19 Behold, the tempest of Jehovah, [even his] wrath, is gone forth, yea, a whirling tempest: it shall burst upon the head of the wicked. 20 The anger of Jehovah shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall understand it perfectly. 21 I sent not these prophets, yet they ran: I spake not unto them, yet they prophesied. 22 But if they had stood in my council, then had they caused my people to hear my words, and had turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. 23 Am I a God at hand, saith Jehovah, and not a God afar off? 24 Can any hide himself in secret places so that I shall not see him? saith Jehovah. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith Jehovah. 25 I have heard what the prophets have said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. 26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies, even the prophets of the deceit of their own heart? 27 that think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers forgat my name for Baal. 28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the straw to the wheat? saith Jehovah. 29 Is not my word like fire? saith Jehovah; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? 30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith Jehovah, that steal my words every one from his neighbor. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith Jehovah, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. 32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy lying dreams, saith Jehovah, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their vain boasting: yet I sent them not, nor commanded them; neither do they profit this people at all, saith Jehovah.

Wow is all I can say. Jeremiah came on the scene about 100 years after Isaiah and the people thought that Jeremiah was false because they misunderstood the time frame for which Isaiah was speaking of concerning the forth coming peace. There were also many many false prophets telling the people of Jeremiah's day saying peace peace when there was no forth coming peace because the people were wicked and were going to experience the judgement of a Righteous God. Doesn't that sound like today a little? All these false prophets saying they heard a word from God, but it does not line up with scripture. "I had a dream and I want to write a book about it" "I have been to Heaven and Hell and back" This contradicts Luke 16.

I just wanted to define this for those who wonder why we must distinguish ourselves from the insidiousness that we see in the church. I am almost ashamed when people see me carry my Bible and the first people they think about are TD Jakes, Creflo, Fred Price, Eddie Long, and so many others, and they might even start to make fun and jump up and down or speak in tongues. This how they see the church. We need to be authentic in our walk. The world can see the phoniness of the so called church. Take heed to Paul's warning

Acts 20:31
So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
Recomended Readings.
1. Fools Gold- John MacArthur
3. Wasted Faith- Jim Elliff