“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” Matthews 7:15-16 .
False prophets are covetous and greed, making business out of their followers.
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you … And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of … And through covetousness shall they feigned words make merchandise of you” 2 Peter 2:1-3
A wolf hides in sheep’s clothing to deceive the sheep. He makes the sheep have a false sense of safety and security in order to feed and feast on them. In short, false prophets prey on their followers for money. Followers of such people usually end up in tragic death e.g. the followers of David Koresh.
False prophets ask their members to pay something in order to be prayed for. Some even grade their followers into gold, silver, brass, iron and clay classes. This grading is based on how much one contributes to that ministry in tithe or offerings. Their followers are spiritually threatened , emotionally blackmailed or psychologically bullied to purchase church merchandise such as anointing oil, holy water, towels, bangles etc. without which one is declared doomed to failure, poverty and sickness. They like quoting Exodus 23:15 which says, “…. you shall not appear before the Lord empty handed’’.
Salvation is not for sale! Jesus already paid the price for it. Read what Jesus told his first apostles the first time he sent them away for ministry. Matthews 10:7-9 says:
“And as you go, preach saying, ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leapers, cast out demons. Freely you received therefore freely give. Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts…”
Anyone milking sinners out of their had-earned money, in exchange for salvation, is not an apostle of God.
False prophets love to be revered
True Bible-based prophetic calling deflects attention and importance from the prophet and ascribes attention to Jesus Christ. Any prophet who entertains being thought of or regarded to be the center of attraction, and referred to in conversation or reference by his followers, more than the Lord Jesus Christ is not a prophet of God. True prophets of God point people to Jesus Christ not to themselves, or to materialism or to their healing powers. The central mission of the Holy Spirit is to elevate Jesus above everything else including prophets themselves; because ‘Christ in us is the hope of glory’.
John the Baptist said the following in John 3:30-31:
“He (Jesus) must increase but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.”
“….there is one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved but the name of Jesus.” Acts 4:12.
A true servant of God cannot allow fellow humans to worship him or give him excessive honor which only befits Christ. Doing so amounts to idolatry. Even holy angles know that only God deserves worship.
“At this I (Apostle John) fell at his (the angel) feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.” Rev 19:10.
Webster defines Idolatry as “The worship of idols or excessive devotion to, or reverence for some person or thing’. An idol is anything that replaces the one and true God, who alone deserves worship. ‘Idolatry extends beyond the worship of idols and images and false gods. Our modern idols are many and varied. Even for those who do not bow physically before a statue, idolatry is a matter of the heart—pride, self-centeredness, greed, gluttony, a love for possessions and ultimately rebellion against God.’ Some occult leaders use the bible. The only problem is they mix truth with error. Nimrod was cult leader. He was idol of worship among his followers. He defied God and belt a tower which stood as a symbol of his spiritual power but God exposed him. The Lord brought down that tower. I Am talking about the tower of babel.
Though several bible texts teach us that fulfilled predictions is an indicator of genuine prophecy or prophets, the same bible tells us true prophets are those who strive to uplift and connecting people with the Lord Jesus Christ.
“If there arises among you a prophet or dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or wonder, the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, but says to you, ‘let us go after other gods’ which you have not known before ‘and let us serve them you shall not listen to the word of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams….” Deut 13:1-3.
God is telling us something important here. He is saying even false prophets, fortune tellers, spirit mediums or magicians can also accurately predict future events. False prophets and sorcerers and all these funny characters now wear niece suits, read and preach from the bible and some are very rich. Some even make huge donations to charity. Therefore it’s a bit difficult for many to distinguish between true and false prophets. Since accurate prediction of future events is not enough evidence that one is a true prophet we ought to apply other bible based tests to safeguard ourselves.
God bless you!