DAY FOUR: False Prophets
Scripture: Matthew 24:11, 2 Timothy 4:1-5 & Matthew 7:21-23
When we think of false prophets, we tend to think of those who uphold an obviously false doctrine or presume to have authority to teach the true gospel of Christ according to their own interpretation. We often assume that such individuals are associated with small radical groups on the fringes of society. However, false prophets are difficult to detect, except with discernment from the Holy Spirit. Many of such people may have been genuine scholars of the truth and gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. But with time, they’ve allowed and entertained teachings that are suited for itchy ears as the apostle Paul taught us to avoid. False prophets can develop from the fear of man or from unbiblical or incomplete understanding of God’s love and grace.
It is important for the body of Christ to become diligent students of the Word of God. The Word of God should be your measuring rod – not gifts, not signs, not wonders, not miracles, etc. Jesus repeatedly admonished His disciples in His Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7) saying, “By their fruits you shall know them.” Not by their gifts. Many people get mesmerized by the giftings of teachers or prophets without paying much attention to the fruit. In this hour we need to pray for the spirit of discernment.