19 Feb Detecting False Prophets
The Bible gives us clues on what type of false prophets are there among us, and how we can detect them. First there are two types of false prophets; one who uses demonic powers and one who is a total fraud. We’ll list how you can detect false prophets.
1. Lack of the Presence
A true prophet will have God’s presence wherever they go because they are God’s vessels. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and fit for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. – 2 Timothy 2:21. If a person doesn’t have a strong presence while he or she is prophesying, he or she is a false prophet.
2. Listen to What They Say
If a prophet doesn’t talk about or glorify the father, son, and the Holy Spirit, he or she is a false prophet. If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. – Deuteronomy 13:1-3. Also do the prophet warn about sin or the coming of Christ? If he or she doesn’t talk about running away from sin or to live a holy life, he or she is a false prophet.
3. Closely Watch How They Operate
If a prophet ask you to sacrifice an animal, he or she is a false prophet. Not only is he or she is a false prophet but also an occultist. Some occultists disguised themselves as prophets to steal souls. “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. – Matthew 7:15. Keep a close watch on a prophet that does things that are not biblical such as using charms or devices.
If a prophet doesn’t practice what is in the Bible then he or she is a false prophet. “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.” – Luke 6:43. True prophets live their lives by giving some of their money to charity, worship God, fast regularly, helping people around the world, etc. Having a mansion, new cars, a private jet does not mean a person is a false prophet though. God prospers anyone who is committed to him. Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things. – Proverbs 13:21. However if this person is telling you that you must pay them for prophecy, then he or she is a false prophet.