I found an informative article that uses scripture to show how to identify a false prophet. I think it is very important that we become educated about this, since we know there will be more of them in these last days.
After the list of false prophets they have, you will see the verses that show you what to be on the lookout for. I have read many books on various topics from the Bible and it is VERY difficult to find any book that has it 100% right. Even among bloggers too.
In addition to this I'd like to say that we can be sure of our own standing in this to be sure we do not become false prophets.
Paul said in Galatians 1:8 "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
Paul made HIMSELF accountable. He said if WE or an angel. You see Paul welcomed questions to test him to be SURE he was right. This is humility and accountability at it's best.
We need to make sure we have a humble spirit and that we are ready to give an answer to any questions. God's people have the RIGHT to question ANYONE teaching the scriptures.
1 Peter 3:15, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" Acts 17:11, "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
When Paul and the other Apostles came into a town to preach Christ, people questioned. They had the right to!
I believe there are those who question God's Word as a way to explain Him away and that to me is sad. We should be questioning in order to bring unity! See Eph 4 for unity. The unity must be focused on CHRIST. He said to learn of HIM.
Matthew 11:29, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Romans 15:19, "Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ."
It is the Gospel of Christ that was preached and must continue to be so today. If someone is not preaching the Gospel of Christ, BEWARE!
Yet even in the world today are many who claim to preach Christ, but it must be His entire Gospel, not just part of it.
Luke 21:8, "And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them." Mark 13:6, "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." Matthew 24:5, "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
He did not say 'many will come in my name saying *they* are Christ" he said "Many will come in my name saying, *I* am Christ" They WILL come in the name of Jesus Christ! This is how they will deceive. We would not be deceived if someone came to the door and said THEY are Christ. We'd laugh at them and shut the door. We would KNOW they aren't Christ.
Be very cautious dear sisters and brothers. And question who you suspect. You have that RIGHT! If you teach scriptures on your FB page or on Blogs, be WILLING to be questioned so we can be accountable.
An extra tip: If you question someone's doctrine and a wall goes up, your questions are attacked, unanswered, taken in circles, etc then you have the right to suspect that they are wrong. Take heed.
1 Timothy 4:6, "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." Mark 15: "5And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 6For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
As soon as you think you have identified a wolf in sheep's clothing, perverting the Gospel of Christ, find another believer to help you be sure and avoid the wolves.
How to handle wolves in your midst, coming soon.
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