by Beverly Barnett

Sunday, August 18

Jesus Predicted False Prophets

Jude 16-21

“How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit,” Jude 18, 19.

One morning I saw an advertisement for a ministry group that claims to be healers and prophets. These so-called preachers, these men and women, entice with uplifting words that sooth the conscience of a guilty sinner and proclaim messages without sustenance. However, their so-called prophetic visions, dreams or claims that God speaks to them audibly is scary because they already have thousands of followers.

On their website, the head man speaks with an ordinary sounding voice, while sitting outdoors in front of an orchard. He looks normal, like an uncle or a friendly pastor, no robes or strange posture. But, his claim of being a prophet of God, hearing the voice of God, as do the other co-ministers of this group is unscriptural. Peter says by inspiration, “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 of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage” (2 Peter 2:18, 19).

These are some of the deceivers Jesus warned us about. They are false prophets, speaking lies but claiming they speak for God. The only way we can know the difference is by reading and studying God’s Word.

REFLECTION: “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away” (1 Corinthians 13:8-10).

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