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How To Identify False Prophets by TundeKorede: 3:20pm On Aug 03, 2019
HOW TO IDENTIFY FALSE PROPHETS

Today, false prophets are parading themselves as true prophets. There are so many ministers who are wolves in sheep's clothing. Sadly, it has become very cumbersome to really differentiate the true ministers of the gospel from the fake ones.

Truly, the Bible has not left us without an answer. In this article, I am going to show you through the help of the Holy Spirit, how we can identify/recognize false prophets so that we will not fall into their hands.

More so, Jesus said by their fruits you shall know them (Mat 7:30). But, he did not really list those fruits if you read the passage forward. By the grace of God, we'll highlight those fruits in this article, that will enable us to identify false prophets.

Four Ways To Identify False Prophets
• They will introduce destructive doctrines:
2 Peter 2:1
[1]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.

You can easily recognize a false teacher/prophet/pastor/apostle by the kind of doctrine he preaches. Any prophet who preaches whatever is contrary to the Word of God is false.

One of the ways you can identify a false prophet is through his teaching. Such person may say there is nothing like rapture, second coming of Jesus Christ, salvation and so on. Any teaching you hear that contradicts the whole counsel of God's Word is false.

False prophets are fond of introducing teachings that are destructive and harmful to the body of Christ. I heard of a teaching that says blood transfusion is wrong. The proponent of such teaching forbids his followers from partaking in blood transfusion.

Anyways, I'd find time to explain blood transfusion in my subsequent post. But, I just want you to know that false prophets usually introduce destructive teachings and heresies. Beware!
Some of these false teachers would say there is nothing wrong in premarital sex which God's Word totally forbids. Also, some of them would specify the kind of food you should eat as if we are in the old testament.

Whenever you see a man or woman of God who preaches whatever is against the scriptures, you have seen a false minister. Beware!

• They will deny the Lord
2 Peter 2:1
[1]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.

Although, it's not all of these false preachers that will deny the Lord publicly. Because, some of them use the name of Jesus to pray. But there are many of them whose lifestyle denies the Lord.

A false prophet will present himself as the Alpha and Omega in his Church. His teaching will not promote Jesus but will promote him (who is the false prophet).

For example, I have seen a ministry where only the word of the set-man over the ministry counts. But not the Word of God. The members believe so much in their prophet than Jesus. They'll rather hold on to their prophet rather than holding on to Jesus. This practice is not biblical.

One of the ways to identify false prophets is through their deeds that deny Jesus. They enjoy doing what Jesus did not do. False prophets can sleep with any member they want to sleep with. The question to ask is; did Jesus sleep with another man's wife? No.

So, beware of any prophet whose lifestyle denies the Lord Jesus.

• They will exploit believers
2 Peter 2:3
[3]In their GREED these teachers WILL EXPLOIT YOU with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. (NIV).

One of the ways to identify false prophet/teacher/pastor/preacher is through their greediness for money. Oh my God! They love money. Whatever they do is for money sake.

Even if they are to accept preaching engagement. They will accept it because of the money they will get after ministration. These false prophets will introduce all kinds of offerings. They will take up different offerings in order to have more money.

Some of these false prophets sell miracle water, miracle fruits, miracle handkerchief, miracle clothes and so on. We are not told anywhere in the Bible to sell anointed materials to Church members. It is just a total deceit!

The Apostles prayed on aprons and handkerchiefs but they never sold them. It was those people that brought them for prayers and they took those materials home after prayers. Beware! Do not let them exploit you.


When you see any preacher who exploits people, you have just seen a false preacher. Any prophet who hides under any guise to exploit people is a fake prophet.

In Nigeria, I have heard of a prophet who said that he saw a vision that a particular wealthy man in his Church died. And if that man wanted to avert that sudden death, he should sow "long life seed" into his ministry. So, that the man would live long. And the man did. But is this scriptural? No.

You don't hide under the guise of seed sowing to exploit believers. It is good for believers to give. But they need to know the right reasons for giving. Believers should not give in order to avert specific evil. Believers should give because they love they Lord.

More so, believers need to be careful as more ministers are going into ministry basically to make money. Beware!

You identify a false prophet by his love for money. Avoid such people. Do not let them prophesy money out of your pocket.


• They will decieve many people
Matthew 24:11
[11]And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Deception is the hallmark of a false prophet. They are full of lies and deceit. No one can trust their words. False prophet will decieve people with 'staged' miracles. As a matter of fact, they will deceive many people, even the elect. Beware!

Read the full article on my blog. http://www.tundekorede.com/four-ways-to-identify-false-prophets/

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Re: How To Identify False Prophets by TruthinAction: 11:49pm On Aug 03, 2019
And their lifestyle are characterized by gross sexual misconducts.
Re: How To Identify False Prophets by TundeKorede: 3:54pm On Aug 04, 2019
TruthinAction:
And their lifestyle are characterized by gross sexual misconducts.

Absolutely Yes!
Re: How To Identify False Prophets by Preciousgirl(f): 5:25pm On Aug 04, 2019
Jw
Mormon
Most one man churches
Catholic etc

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Re: How To Identify False Prophets by Kingosytex(m): 5:42pm On Aug 04, 2019
Preciousgirl:
Jw Mormon Most one man churches Catholic etc
Jw understand the scriptures more than 99% of your pastors.

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Re: How To Identify False Prophets by sonmvayina(m): 5:42pm On Aug 04, 2019
Prophesy will resume when the Jews return to their home land, and the third temple is built.... Any body prophesying now are all charlatans......

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