Why Are There False Prophets?
We all know that there are false prophets in this day and age. Regarding Christianity it has run rappet. There are mnay of them who are real obvious such as: Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen and Ken Kopeland. You don’t have to know your Bible well to detect they are false prophets. But how do you know about the preacher down the street – the church you might want to attend? Do you have to be a Bible scholar to determine if they are speaking the truth? What if you are new to the Bible, how do you detect a false preacher?
The answer is really simple. All you do is ask a question that is asked in the Bible AND where an answer is given. The topic to start with is with salvation. Since this is the bases of Christianity it would be good to start here. In this article, we will just focus on this question.
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2Pe 2:1)
Why should we test the false prophets? Because they are out there; they were out there since recorded history and they are here today.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1Jn 4:1)
What you should do first is, to prepare what you are going to ask first, and to know the biblical answer. Then ask in such a way that it’s not obvious to the preacher (or individual) you are asking. Let’s start…
First, you don’t know if you are being lied to unless you test the preachers or fellow Christian. You can test someone without knowing much about the Bible yourself (though you should be studying it). Then, after you get your answer, compare that to what the Bible itself says. Does it match up? Does the preacher know what he is talking about? Now, this is especially important to the Babes in Christ and if you are one of them, then please read on…
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Act 2:36)
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (Act 2:37)
Question: What shall we do in order to be saved?
If your preacher can’t get this one right, he is not even saved; he has no authority to be speaking in the church!
Likely preacher answer: “All you have to do is ask for Jesus Christ in your heart.”
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Act 2:38)
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (Act 2:41)
You’ve got to believe, repent and be baptised.
Nearly all preacher will leave out the repent and baptised part.
Here is another verse, another verification to this same question:
And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? (Act 16:30)
And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. (Act 16:33)
Here is another passage with Paul’s conversion:
And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. (Act 22:6)
And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do. (Act 22:10)
Again, you’ve read about “What shall I do?” Now, most preachers will tell you that Paul was saved on the road to Damascus, but we read on:
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Act 22:16)
Paul had to be baptized – like we all do!
Now, a word about “baptized.” This is where the clergy get it wrong again. Baptized is not a sprinkling on the head with a little water; it’s not a dry cleaning. It’s submersion. This is what the original Greek means – check it out for yourself. This is VERY IMPORTANT.
How does your preacher rate?
More on baptism
And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? (Act 8:36)
What prevents me from being saved?
Likely preacher answer:
You can do it any time.
What’s important is being saved.
This is just an outward sign of an inward belief.
You can do this the first Sunday of the month.
Oh, it’s not important.
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Act 8:37)
And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. (Act 8:38)
No where in the Bible do you read of “an outward sign of an inner belief.” This might sound like it’s from the Bible but it’s not.
There is nothing in the Bible that would indicate that baptism is just a sprinkling or pouring of water on the head. There are a few churches who recognises that this is of utmost importance. Have you ever notice up from behind the alter there is wooden covering of a bathtub? You’ll find this in some of the Baptist churches. (Ever wonder why there is a denomination called Baptists?)
Many years ago, when I discovered the importance of proper baptism, I got baptised, by full immersion, with other Christians. You should think of this.
Is the Kingdom being restored?
Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Likely preacher answer:
The kingdom isn’t going to be restored. The covenant isn’t made with us. It’s spiritual Israel not physical Israel.
Yes, it will be restored, but here is what Christ said:
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. (Act 1:7)
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? (Mat 13:10)
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. (Mat 13:11)
Here we read that the people knew of a physical restoration of the Kingdom and that it would be them, as they knew they were of the house of Israel.
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, (Act 1:1)
Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: (Act 1:2)
To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: (Act 1:3)
Acts 1.1-3 This was speaking of the things that concern the kingdom of God. They knew who the kingdom pertained to!
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. (Mat 21:43)
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Luk 12:31)
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luk 12:32)
What does “flock” refer to? To sheep. There is only one people of all the people mentioned in the Bible who are called or referred to sheep and that is the house of Israel, sometimes referred to Jacob or Juda (all part of the tribes of Israel).
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (Luk 1:33)
He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; (Luk 1:54)
As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. (Luk 1:55)
Luke 1.26-27, 30-33
he will reign over the house of Jacob forever. Kingdom will have no end.
How is your preacher scoring so far?
Should we obey the government?
Likely preacher answer:
We must obey the government. We must all government authority. All government is set up by God.
But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. (Act 4:19)
This is a statement of fact as well as a question.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Act 5:29)
Often a preacher will quote Romans chapter 13 – the passage that, they claim, says we should obey government. Well, it does say we should obey government IF IT’S GODLY. But if it’s not, we should not obey it.
Think of times past when the Angel of God freed the Apostles from prison; you can call that a “jail break.” and it did not happen once but twice! Don’t you think that was against the law to break out of jail? What do you think would happen if Paul said, “No thanks, well stay right here. Don’t you realize that we would be breaking the law if we escape? Don’t you realise Angel, that we would be fugitives?”
Well, thank God that they DID break out of jail.
How did your preacher do? “Not well!” It doesn’t surprise me as the world if filled with false preachers.