Detecting Modern False Prophets

Here are five ways to detect a modern false prophet.

1. False prophets preach the gospel of prosperity.

False teachers will lead their congregation to believe that God wants them to be happy and wealthy. Some teachers even take it further, and declare that if a Christian isn’t financially rich, or isn’t emotionally and relationally prosperous, they just “aren’t praying hard enough” or “need to increase their faith”. This type of teaching is dangerous and inaccurate. The Bible clearly states otherwise about the expectations of what this world has to offer.

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:25

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

2. False prophets refuse to call out sin.

False teachers don’t like to offend anyone, so they gloss over sin in order to keep their fans happy. They often do this by stating a particular controversial sin such as homosexuality, fornication, adultery, gluttony or greed isn’t a sin after all, so there’s no need to worry or change. They don’t realize that by condoning sin, they’re leading their congregation—happy as they might be—straight to Hell.

The Bible teaches that sin is a real issue—and a big one. It’s what separates us from God. It’s what condemns us to hell. Without the intercession of Christ, we would have never been able to get to Heaven or to a right relationship with God. This is the message of the Gospel.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:23

“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.”  Colossians 3:5-6

To ignore sin is to ignore our need for a Savior. And to ignore the Savior is to reject Him.

3. False prophets don’t believe in hell or the need for repentance.

False prophets are content to preach that hell is figurative. They believe there’s no need for repentance because Jesus died for everyone. They teach that we should just be grateful and that’s all there is to it.

This lie is especially tricky to decipher, because it sounds true at first. Jesus did die for the sins of the world. But salvation isn’t head knowledge alone, as we see in the following scripture:

“You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.”  James 2:19

The Bible teaches that to be saved, we must repent.

“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38

Hell is real—a real place, with real fire, and real separation from God.

“Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.”  Isaiah 5:14

4. False prophets don’t believe Jesus is the only way.

“Multiple paths, one destination” is a common belief in today’s society. For the sake of being tolerant and for fear of offending, recent generations are content to believe that everyone will make it to the same eternal destiny, via whichever religion they choose. The problem with this belief is that it directly contradicts Scripture.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6

Jesus made it perfectly clear that He is the way—the only way—to relationship with God. Without His sacrifice on the cross and the resurrection from the grave, the veil would have never been torn and we would have never gained access to our Heavenly Father.

5. False prophets don’t believe in the inerrancy of Scripture.

False prophets will teach that the Bible contradicts itself, or has “holes.” This simply isn’t true. Any alleged contradictions in Scripture are a misunderstanding on the part of the reader, or is an intentional spin away from proper context in an attempt to deceive. The truth is found in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8

True followers of Jesus Christ stand on the foundation of the living Word of God. It’s trustworthy and true.

In † His Service, Susan Osten

Source: By Betsy St. Amant Haddock, iBelieve Contributing Writer

Prayer For Those Who Are Involved in the Occult

Father, we come before You in prayer and in faith. We bring before You those, and families of those represented by visitors and followers of Your website, Jesus Loves You!

Father, stretch forth Your Hand from above; rescue and deliver them from those whose mouths speak deceit. Please execute justice, for the oppressed, and cast the wicked down. Open the eyes and hearts of the disobedient, incredulous, and unpersuadable, so they can see their impending doom, if they do not turn to Jesus.

Please send your angels to block the paths of the wolves from the paths of the innocent. Please comfort and heal those that are experiencing loneliness, heartache, and misery, and those that are beaten and bruised, mentally and physically.

Father, we would ask You to raise Your Mighty Hand, and dispel the forces of darkness. Open the eyes of these loved-ones and friends, and bring them into the knowledge and understanding of the salvation that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that You will deliver them from every assault of evil, and bring them to Yourself, preserve them and bring them safely out of the Occult. We will continually, Praise You, as we await their deliverance. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

NO ONE, BUT GOD, CAN OPEN THE EYES OF THE SPIRITUALALLY BLIND

Below are a few Scriptures stating that God alone is the One Who can open our eyes to see Biblical truths. We can find evidence of this in Deuteronomy 29:4 (ESV) “But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.” and also in Ephesians 1:18 (KJV) “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”

The eyes of understanding. It is with these eyes of understanding, alone, that we discern the things of God.

In closing, it is my prayer that all who read this, COME TO KNOW AND JOYFULLY EXPERIENCE the GRACE that God has extended to humanity through His Son, Jesus Christ, the blessing of God’s presence, the many promises God has made to believers, and His abundant blessings.

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

Top Ten Cults in America

“For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. Mark 13:22-23 (NIV)

True followers of Jesus Christ stand on the foundation of the living Word of God. It’s trustworthy and true.

Following are the top ten cults in America:

(1) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. (Mormonism) A very subtle, spiritual deception started in 1830 by Joseph Smith. This aggressively evangelistic group contends that it is the only true Church and that all Christians outside Mormonism are following a deficient Gospel and a false Christ.

(2) The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses) Militantly anti-historic Christian tenets. This group began in the 1870s with Charles Taze Russell. They not only deny the essentials of the Christian faith, but the control exercised over the membership is highly destructive.

(3) The Church of Scientology A do-it-yourself salvation, science fiction group that masquerades as the true Church, lightly sprayed with a thin veneer of Christianity. Seeks to destroy through litigation and character assassination those who speak out against the group.

(4) The Twelve Tribes This group began in the early 1970s with Elbert Eugene Spriggs. They claim that salvation can only be found by giving all possessions to them and living in their community. All personal decision-making power is given over to leadership.

(5) The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity (Unification Church) Founded in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon, this highly authoritarian and destructive group teaches that Jesus failed on the cross. Moon is now the mediator between God and man.

(6) The International Churches of Christ (Boston Movement) This highly evangelistic group which began in 1978 with Kip McKean embraces most of the main tenets of the historic Church. Teaches that it is the only true Church and is highly authoritarian, with immense control over members’ lives.

(7) The Family (Children of God) This communal group was founded by David “Moses” Berg. A strange mixture of basic Christian tenets and almost total sexual license. Very controlling and manipulative.

(8) Christian Identity Movement (Aryan Nations, Christian Identity Church, Klu Klux Klan, etc.) A loose-knit confederation of various small groups that are militantly antigovernmental and conspiracy-driven. Each group holds differing, deviant Christian tenets. All hold to Caucasians being the descendants of the ten “lost” Tribes of Israel, God’s true people.

(9) The Nation of Islam (Black Muslims) Began in the 1930s by W. D. Fard. Group teaches that the black man is good, the white man is the devil, and that Jesus was merely a prophet. Highly controlling group.

(10) United Pentecostal Church (UPC) A highly controlling, legalistic group that was formed in 1945. This group denies the Trinity and teaches that to be saved one must be baptized in the name of Jesus only.

With so many denominations and religions, how can I decide which are true and which are false?

ANSWER:

First, there is theological consideration. How consistent are the group’s beliefs with the basic tenets of the historic Christian faith? This evaluates the eternal significance of such beliefs.

Second, there is the social-psychological consideration. How are power, authority, and control exercised in the group? This evaluates techniques of manipulation and mind control.

Source: Top Ten Cults in America By Bob Pardon, Director of the New England Institute of Religious Research.

“Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15 (KJV)

Please pray for all those who are entangled in the Occult. They have difficulties or complicated circumstances from which it is difficult to escape.

In ✝️ His Service, Susan Osten