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True or false prophet? 4 ways to tell for sure

false prophet 4 ways to tell for sureTrue prophets point to Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, many false ones use Him to claim He points the world to them and their blogs, websites, or whatever ministry they happen to have.

The Bible says in Matthew 24:24  “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” Jesus Himself makes it so clear in His warnings of this. That’s why we need to weigh everything that is said.   Here are a few more verses all throughout the Old and New Testament that warn about false prophets.

So how are we to make sure we are not deceived by false prophets? Thankfully, God is not a God of confusion. There are four simple ways to tell true from false:

If the prophet or prophetess

1. …has prophesies that aren’t 100 percent accurate 100 percent of the time (or are manipulated to come “true”) = False.

2. …points to any “Jesus” other than the biblical one = False.

3. …uses supernatural or occultist techniques used in his or her prophecy = False.

4. …has a rebellious, unrepentant spirit = False.

 All FOUR of these tests should be applied, as many false prophets can pass two or three of them. If he or she fails at any one of these, = FALSE.

What if somebody prophesies something and it comes true? Should you listen to them? Check out what Deuteronomy says in Chapter 13 verse 1:

 If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.  But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.

So the Bible is saying that just because someone prophesies the future—it doesn’t mean they are a true prophet. Further, it says God will allow certain prophets to arise who are false who will perform signs and wonders, to test you to find out if you love Him. Then you are to test these prophets by their DOCTRINE! If they are preaching a different Christ or it doesn’t matter—you are not to listen to them.

Thoughts? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section.

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25 Responses to “True or false prophet? 4 ways to tell for sure”

  1. Mr Davis #

    Good job Amy.

    Today in the churches, popular opinion reigns supreme as to what is right and wrong is and not the Bible. It may be wise to difine what rebellious and unrepentant look like from the word of God. Tradition in Church practices unfortunatly has muddied the waters as well as contextulization so bear that in mind. The teaching refered to in the scriptures are not the traditions of man but the doctrine of Christ, which is the doctrine of the Scriptures.

    Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

    KJV Philippians 3:15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
    18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping , that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

    1 John 4:5 KJV They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

    1 John 2:16 KJV
    For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    Mark 7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

    Now we, all of us sin, but the man of God when confronted with his sin will he not will turn from it hating it and what it is doing to him, the Lawless will not.

    Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

    1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

    1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
    12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

    14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

    16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are . 18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

    19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written , He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; 22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present , or things to come ; all are yours; 23 And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.

    1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. 17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

    2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

    To Our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ be the Honor Glory and Praise.

    Dan

    December 14, 2011 at 2:03 AM Reply
  2. Larry Cornell #

    #1 is not backed up by the New Testament. False Prophecy is a sin, but nowhere does the New Testament suggest that a New Testament prophet is 100% accurate 100% of the time. That idea comes from the Old Testament. Should false prophecy be taken seriously? Yes, very. False prophecy is used in many ways by the enemy and the flesh. However, if we could see inside the minds of the typical congregation we would probably see that adultery is the most common sin, not false prophecy. We are under grace, and the gifts are for today, therefore people ought to be encouraged to share prophetic words in a certain context.

    Paul said 'Seek earnestly the best gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.' If believers had to hold off on sharing prophesies because they felt they had to be 100% accurate or face stoning, given how flawed we are all allowed to be in this Age, no prophecy would ever be given. The Old Testament prophet is not the same as the Ephesian 4 prophet, and New Testament personal prophesy has to exist under grace. He who says he is without sin is a liar and the truth is not in him. We all stumble in many ways, if any man can control the tongue he is perfect.

    What the Bible does say is that words of prophesy should be viewed skeptically and compared to the word of God. Then if they come to pass glorify God and encourage the person who gave you the word. If any gift causes us to seek the gifted instead of the Gifter, we have ourselves to blame mostly. Many false prophets have gone out into the world, we should never be afraid to confront them by name and to their face. Just as we should not be afraid to name names when discussing ministry troubles, local or otherwise.

    God bless.

    December 14, 2011 at 1:03 PM Reply
    • Deuteronomy 18:20-22 and also 13:1-5. Unless you think that the Old Testament no longer matters? If someone shares prophetic words "from God," then they had better be true or it's not from God, for He is not a liar. We do have His grace, but that doesn't mean we can utter prophetic predictions in His name when He has not said it.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:05 PM Reply
      • Larry Cornell #

        The Old Testament does matter in exactly the way the New Covenant in Christ's blood says so. Old Testament prophets and New Testament Prophets are two totally different administrations. To knowingly utter what is not from God is one thing. Being self-deceived is another related thing. But to honestly share a word of prophecy in a context of accountability and have it not come to pass is not the work of a false prophet per se. Paul says when someone stands to prophesy let one at a time speak and the others judge the word. What point is there in judging the word if those who speak are to be right 100% of the time? And what penalty, for how long, should they suffer if they are not? The gifts are not to rule our lives, Christ is, so therefore discernment, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, prophecy… all have to be held up to Scripture and prayerfully examined. Demons can manifest false though very accurate 'gifts.' The Sons of Sceva learned that there was a difference between their authority and the authority of Paul at the hands of a demon possessed man. It sounds circular but, not only does our faith have to appear christian, it actually has to be a relationship with the risen Lord Jesus or it is just a show, a song and dance that will be shamefully revealed when we stand before Him. Enter the Blood of Christ.

        It is sad that there is such a sharp divide these days between those who deal in apologetics and those who walk in and experience the power of the Holy Spirit. In many ways we dance around the fact that denominationalism is an apologetics topic worthy of much attention. This really should not be. If we look at Christ's warnings to the seven churches we see that the Ephesian church was very skilled in its apologetics work but had lost its first love. This is the only church he warned would have its lampstand removed.

        At the same time there is a danger of not properly validating the 'experience' of Christianity, there is also the danger of thinking that Christianity is only about a new list of commands, or an old list plus some new ones. Hardly so, love, 1 Corinthians 13 love, is the fulfillment of the law. The righteous requirement of the law is fulfilled in those who walk by the Spirit. As many as are led by the Spirit these are the Sons of God. The Letter of the law kills, but the Spirit makes alive.

        Therefore there is a balance. Quoting the Old Testament about false prophets and witchcraft, one must also quote it about adultery which Christ says happens in us whenever we lust in our hearts for another. If we hate, we murder. But God is angry with the wicked all day long. The idea that has to be understood is that of the atoning blood of Christ, the blood that is on the mercy seat, not once in the past but continually makes it possible for imperfect beings to enter into the presence of a perfect God. Because of that blood we have an Advocate with the Father. In Christ we are still less than perfect in word and deed. The Blood of Christ covers our imperfection as we walk with Him until the redemption of our bodies. However, to be intentionally imperfect is not acceptable either. The conscience plays an important role. Paul was not aware of anything against himself, but he did not from there postulate his own perfection. Sanctification is both a positional issue and a progressive truth.

        I do, myself, consider deeper reasons behind many of the Old Testament laws. For example the law against tattoos. I see that as pertaining in the New Testament to the idea of not desecrating our bodies which are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. I would not get a tattoo. And yet, Paul asked Titus to be circumcised. Is circumcision necessary? No. The love that the Holy Spirit sheds abroad in our hearts is holy and gracious, just and merciful, and that love does fulfill the righteous requirement of the law. But that is a love for God that comes from God through Jesus Christ's work in us.

        From grace to grace,

        Larry

        December 15, 2011 at 3:29 AM Reply
    • John R. Williams #

      I disagree – it seems to me that gossip is the most prevalent sin in today's church.

      July 16, 2013 at 11:43 PM Reply
  3. Mr Davis #

    Larry, Amy has a point here, and there is only one account of a prophesey I can think of, given in Acts where there is some doubt cast because of the lack of details recorded and that is the account of Agabus. His acceptance by the body of Christ as a prophet is good enough for me not to dispute the prophecy for lack of details recorded.

    When Paul was preparing to go to Jerusalem, there was a prophecy spoken by Agabus, about his being taken by the Jews, which, some would claim wasn't fulfilled to the letter.

    Acts 21:8 And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed , and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him. 9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

    10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. 11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. 12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    (This is all that is recorded of the initial incident by Luke:)

    Acts 21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them. 27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,

    28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.

    29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) 30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.

    31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul. 33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.
    (Now Paul isn't handed over to the gentiles until he is sent to Rome. Here is under Jewish control enforced by the Romans.
    Because there are details missing here in Luke's account such as the Jews binding him hand and foot so they could beat him and kill him in Acts 21:30. People consider this an example where 100% accuracy is no longer a prophetic requirement for the Prophet. This is doctrinal error.)

    Latter after several meetings over the course of years,

    Acts 26:27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. 29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds. 30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them: 31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds. 32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

    Here is where King Agripa and Festus hand Paul over to the Gentiles to fulfill the final words of that prophesey spoken by Agabus that paul would be handed over to the Gentiles and they sent paul to Rome.

    You know in that last days there will be signs and wonders and prophetic words utter that will come true and be real in appearance. This is what Deuteronomy 13 is getting at. What makes them false is that is it not from God, not that it didn't come true or isn't real.

    If they do not teach, preach to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ they are false.

    Matthew 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

    Mark 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein .

    John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

    Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
    14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
    15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created , that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
    17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist . 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence .
    19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell ; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
    21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
    24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: 25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
    26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

    If we lay aside this Gospel we lay aside Jesus Christ and have no part in him. We only bear fruit if we abide in Him. We only abide in Him if we do what He commands. Lay down your very lives for one another and quit living for yourselves. This is what it means to pick up our cross and follow Jesus.

    Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

    12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

    15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

    18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

    20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

    The Lord Jesus Christ will be Glorified, either by our Love and obedience by that same love or by the destruction of the wicked. Christ will be glorified!

    Dan

    December 15, 2011 at 2:05 AM Reply
  4. Mr Davis #

    Only true believers can be a true prophet and these are the things that follow:

    Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

    5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

    8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

    12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

    15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

    Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.

    Dan

    December 15, 2011 at 2:19 AM Reply
  5. Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2012 at 3:09 PM Reply
  6. melody #

    my daughter was prophesised over by a prophet and he said that in 21 days she would have more money that her or her family has ever seen, and that she would travel to other countries and preach the word. Could someone please explain to me if that is a prothetic word or a false prophet because the bible says we should close our ears to a false prophet. This has been over a month ago, and nothing has come to pass, and she isn't any kind of teacher or preacher right now. Should we label him as a false prophet? I dont know what to tell her, because she has visited a couple of churches since then and he has been there to and it is really starting to bother her. My mentor at my church told me it was very bold of him to say in 21 days. Please help me with this so I can guide my daughter. She is 26 years old and very confused because she says that some things that he told other people has come true. I have been doing my own research and some say that if a prophet has told something that has not come to pass that he is a false prophet, and some say that he isnt and I dont want to label him that. I dont know what to tell her. thank you so very much.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:47 PM Reply
    • Lucas #

      Great question it is possible you're dealing with a false prophet my best advice would be to pray about it seek the Holy Spirit he will guide you in all truth. that was a very bold prophesy. do not forget a few things the Holy Spirit never take away our free will completely he may have misheard the Holy Spirit or misinterpreted him
      also keep in mind that the Holy Spirit can only fill the great plan he has for you or your daughter in this case if you follow him wholeheartedly!
      I recently had a prophet prolhecy the exact same prophecy i had received 2 yrs ago grom another prophet… neither of the prophets knew me nor eachother they were from diferent states
      …. gave me identical words!
      And they were words about praising our Lord Jesus!!!! I do not know when they will come true or I will walk the right path to make them come true but I certainly want them to because God has a beautiful plan for me as he does your daughter. When I heard this prophecy again recently I broke down crying because I knew I should have followed through and accomplished it a long time ago

      December 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM Reply
    • anna #

      melody,

      from what i have read there are only TWO true prophets and they are the two witnesses in Revelation 11:3 & 11:10 and all others who "dream dreams and see signs" are ether a messenger from God or is a FALSE prophet. and if this person was a true prophet they would be preaching the word of God and GOD does not lie. having said that i would come tho the conclusion that this is a false prophet.

      August 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM Reply
      • That is incorrect. 1 Cor 14:24But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, 25as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”

        1 Cor 14: 29Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 33For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

        1 Cor 14: 37If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.

        There are other versus regarding prophets as well.

        September 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM Reply
    • t #

      Tell her to wait the 21 days. when the 21 days pass, have her check her bank accounts. If she or her family does not see a change like the prophet said (and I suspect this didn't happen) then she should never take any thing that the prophets of that church speaks seriously anymore. It takes only one of the above things to make a prophesy false. It doesn't take a bible scholar or seminary graduate to figure this out. If it does not come to pass, it is false and the person who spoke it is a false prophet and should be ignored.

      December 15, 2013 at 5:45 AM Reply
  7. Lucas #

    great article but please cite more scripture verses. keep in mind for point 3… we will be seeing ppl raised from the dead speak in tongues be healed and prophecy
    all of these things are Biblical but remember no one utters Jesus is lord but by the holy spirit. Test the spirit with questioning but dont deny the power of God which he promised would come when he sent his great comforter

    December 16, 2012 at 4:17 PM Reply
  8. Sarah #

    Anyone read questioningpaul.com ? Very worthwhile read. Also, introtogod.org

    October 8, 2013 at 8:07 AM Reply
  9. emmanuel sunday #

    I really lov wat I read and its open my eyes more. I feel lik giving my life to CHRIST JESUS. I need yur support and prayers

    October 10, 2013 at 4:20 AM Reply
  10. J.B. adepoju #

    Please give example of false prophets in the OT and NT, preferably their names and Bible passages

    October 14, 2013 at 1:12 AM Reply
  11. merscmersc #

    I love how none of your four tests are biblical, but are rather purely subjective. Prove me wrong. Where in the Bible does it list these four?:

    1. …has prophesies that aren’t 100 percent accurate 100 percent of the time (or are manipulated to come “true”) = False.

    2. …points to any “Jesus” other than the biblical one = False.

    3. …uses supernatural or occultist techniques used in his or her prophecy = False.

    4. …has a rebellious, unrepentant spirit = False.

    You, the author of this blog, can you pass these four tests? No. You are a false prophet. Then your ordination is of man, not God.

    There are true prophets in this world. Matthew 7:

    15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    16 Ye shall know them by their fruits.

    The Book of Mormon is additional scripture, just as the New Testament was additional to the Old Testament. The lost books (which are not in today's Bible) were scripture, too. God's word is limitless; it cannot be contained in one book. To believe His full truth is contained in one book is to denounce his omnipotence and grace.

    November 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM Reply
    • 1. I never claimed to be a prophet, and so I cannot be a false one.
      2. The book of mormon is NOT holy scripture, but was revealed to Joseph Smith allegedly via an angel who told him that it was going to give him a new revelation which would be authority.
      3. Please take Galatians 1:8 "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed."

      November 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM Reply
  12. Kelsey #

    Hi, I am trying to find scriptures that back up your 4 tests. I think the 4 tests make sense, but I want to be able to prove them to someone who says they are not supported Biblically. They all are very agreeable, but what are you basing them off of? If you could reply with at least 1 scripture for each point, that would be really helpful. Thanks! :)

    December 2, 2013 at 6:28 PM Reply
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  14. Janet #

    I also agree with your four qualifications, but would like to see your scripture references from the Bible so that we may point others to God's word definitively.

    December 9, 2013 at 5:21 AM Reply
  15. t #

    According to the definitions I read above, there isn't one prophecy I have ever heard in the churches today that turned out to be true. They are always vague, or twisted and manipulated. The best ones I have heard simply do not happen. This is why I can never trust what I hear in any church anymore.

    December 15, 2013 at 5:39 AM Reply
  16. Thank you for exposing these shameless wolfs that are clad in sheep's clothing.Diviners have crept into the church.They are working tirelessly to temper with the faith of believers by their evil crafts in the name of the demonstration of power

    January 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM Reply
  17. Seeking truth only #

    what about a christian bishop of a full gospel church that prophesies every Wed. night
    service to the same 8 or 9 people each time, often sharing the same "word" to each
    in slightly different ways each week. There are about 110 people in each service. He will
    say on Sun. morning that "Wed. night service I will prophesy the word of the Lord", like
    he's trying to get people to come and Wed. night will be well attended.
    Most of the people he calls up are either board members or long time members of the
    church, or their close family. I saw red flags as long as I was there. Is this just my imagination
    or was I discerning something?

    July 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM Reply

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