False Prophets, Part Deux
Having just viewed a report on CBSN on NY Times article (“Christian Prophets Are on the Rise. What Happens When They’re Wrong?” by Ruth Graham), it compels me to make certain my positions are clear. This is what the Bible says about it: “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.” (Deuteronomy 18:22, NIV) They can apologize all they want, but what should happen when they’re wrong is people should stop listening to them. Unfortunately, the Bible also warns “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3, NIV) Also, about those liars, “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” (2 Corinthians 11:13–15, NIV) Yet, the Bible also gives us this hope, “As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit — just as it has taught you — remain in Him. (1 John 2:27, NIV) Perhaps, you don’t have “that anointing”? “Peter replied, ‘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, NIV) So then, false people are everywhere, including within the hallways of Christianity. People need to be aware and keep that in mind and most importantly, to keep their wits about them. We don’t have to believe everything we hear. We need to keep perspective. People need to read the Bible, to become familiar with all such things. Everyone needs to get right with God. Finally, Jesus says, “ Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29, NIV) and His brother James encourages, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5, NIV) Now, in this little essay, I’ve tried to keep my opinions to myself all the while in sharing these essential principles with you and to simply give to you those truths written in the Bible So, read the Bible and seek His presence and presents in your life.