“If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 13:1-3
Perhaps today’s scripture is not as well known as many others. However, it is memorable to me.
I am concerned with the word of modern prophets, preachers, ministers, and teachers that speak in the name of the Lord things that are not of the Lord.
Their doctrine leads followers away from God and more to the prophet.
How do you know the difference between the Godly message and the false?
God’s word is the comparative toolkit. If the message does not fall in line with God’s word then you must consider it false.
Granted, many crafty charlatans are seemingly able to make their false doctrine and lies sound true.
They explain away discrepancies with human logic rather than God’s word.
Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:15-20
The true revelation of the false prophet is in their character and actions – do these back up their words?
If not, do not listen or follow them. Their path leads to death and destruction.