Traits of False Prophets and Teachers
I’m sorry this is late, I had every intention of getting this out last week, but I wanted to do more research.
Blogs, websites, and forums alike have posts about different types of false prophets/false teachers and have posted warnings after warnings about these people for our own good. Jesus warned us in Matt 7:15, “Watch out for False Prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” He also said in verse 16 that “By their fruit you will recognize them.”
The Fruits of the Spirit is listed in Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience or longsuffering) kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (meekness), and self-control (temperance): against such there is no law.”
So, you compare these fruits to see if these Fraudsters (I’m sorry this is what they are) are truly legit, bible teaching teachers and preachers of God. Some of them are so persuasive and so good at deception that you sometimes literally cannot tell, at least you’re not able to by your own mindset. However, the Holy Spirit will alert you by setting off some warnings and bells, if you let him; and if you have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, then you are suppose rely on him anyway to lead and guide you into all truths.
False Teachers/Prophets didn’t start in the New Testament. Oh no, no, no. They were in the Old Testament too. Anyone or thing that stirs you away from the truth is a False Prophet/False Teacher. Anyone that tells you and teaches something that is opposite from what scripture teaches is a False Prophet/Teacher.
So, let’s identify the traits of False Teachers/Prophets
1) They Deny the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, and that he came in the Flesh
John wrote told us in 1 John 4:1-6 what we can test them and the fraudsters will deny the deity of Christ and they will also deny that he came in the flesh to dwell among us.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;
3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
5 They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.
6 We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
Oneness Pentecostals that outright deny the Trinity of God. They don’t deny the Deity of Christ, but they deny that he is the 2nd member of the Trinity.
Jehovah Witnesses believe that Jesus was a god, as in a little “g”. Meaning that they don’t believe that Jesus is God. They believe that Jesus was a created being like we were, since he was born from the womb. I guess they didn’t catch the memo that his conception is a little bit different from our actual conception (ex. I was conceived on my parents honeymoon)
Seventh Day Adventist claims that Jesus is Michael the Archangel.
Mormons/LDS (Latter-day Saints) believe that Adam was God and the Father of Jesus.
I’m sure everyone knows that Catholics worship Mary. When someone worships someone that is not the true living God, then you have denied him. Point blank.
2). They will exploit their followers.
2 Peter 2:3 “And in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”
They know what they are doing and they know it’s wrong, but their greed has become their god and the main goal is to please their own gratification. To exploit someone, is basically lying to them. False Teachers and Prophets are con artists at best, with sociopathic traits. I say sociopathic traits, because they are able to keep a straight face and/or smile without even a hint of lying. They are able to completely manipulate and con their followers well.
Why are people giving them their hard earned paycheck?
3) They are very fixated on money, wealth, prosperity
Now, as I stated before, there is nothing wrong with being wealthy, prosperous, etc. But, when you let the love of money dictate and rule your life, then you have chosen it as the god of your life and that is when you get into big trouble. When you turn to the channel and all they talk about is money and say things like “keep your checkbook open”, then run away, and if it’s on TV, turn the channel and watch “I Love Lucy” reruns.
Matt 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold (loyal, devoted, honor) to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (riches, wealth, money)” This verse is also written in Luke.
1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted (craving) after, they have erred (wondered) from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
I watched all these shows in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep or if I’m up getting ready for work, then I’ll watch it out of curiosity. One morning I was so disgusted, that I turned the channel. All they asked for was to give a lump sum of money for a seed to get blessings, to get saved, to get this or that. That’s a scam and at this point, I don’t know what is worse, this or the Nigerian schemes that I get through my junk email box.
I guess they see “Bank of America” written on people’s forehead. I aint the one and if someone ever ask me why, then I’ll tell them like I told this one collector one time, “I can pay you, but that means I can’t pay rent.” Stop trying to separate people from their funds to satisfy your own greed.
So, when you hear them say, “you can show a seed of faith by giving $$$$”, then you know it’s not of God. There is no price tag attached to faith of any kind and if it was, I would be in deep crab puffs, because I am broke as Joe’s turkey.
4). They never talk about the Gospel of Christ
I’ve never, ever heard any of these Falsies preach the gospel of Christ. Prosperity, word of faith, name it and claim it, etc…is not the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ is now and forevermore is the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Why is that so hard for them to preach? Why is it so hard for these “so-called” teachers to spread that good news, especially since mankind’s soul is at stake.
Jesus said in Matt 28:19-20 “Go yet therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
It’s also written in Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Mark 16:15 “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Psalm 96:3 “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.”
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
So, what is their problem that they can’t do what thus saith the Lord? I’ll tell you. They are like Burger King and having it their way. So they take the scripture and twist it into their own false idea of what the gospel that they believe should be.
Uh Oh – They’re in Trouble. We’re not supposed to take away or add to the bible. (Rev 22:19)
5) They twist, add, and/or subtract from scripture
Revelation 22:19 “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Deuteronomy 4:2 says “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.”
Deuteronomy 12:32 “See that you do all I command you, do not add to it or take away from it.
Proverbs 30:6 “Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.”
See how many scriptures that tells us not to do this, but there are some that will do it in a heartbeat. I listened to this one falsie on YouTube and the stuff she was saying was so false and twisted that it could have been fanfiction for the Bible. It was completely fabricated and pulled out of left field and more importantly, it was not biblically sound.
That’s why it is very important to check the scripture for yourself, so that when it is given, you can make sure that what they are saying is in an alignment to what is written. Also, read the verse before and after the given verse, because they usually miss the point of the verse altogether or they add or take away from the scripture.
6) They are Very charismatic, dramatic, fast talkers, eloquent in talking
Galatians 1:6-7 “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; Which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.”
When you listen to them and they sound so good and got that preaching voice (you know the kind where you hear folk saying “He sure did preach”, but cannot tell you what the sermon was about, because they got their followers hook, line, sinker, and bloop. They get the crowd riled up with the cries of Amen, Yes Lord, Preach it, etc.; (and there is nothing wrong with that), but in this case, ask the followers what was preached and see what happens? Oh clutch thy pearls, if you say something against their beloved preacher. I’ve literally seen some harsh words across the internet when someone says something against a popular minister like Joel Osteen, TD Jakes, Joyce Myers, etc. In their mind, they can do no wrong. It’s just one problem with that. The transformation is completed at that point, where worship has switched from Jesus to that preacher. They rest completely on how the message was given and not the message itself.
I just saw this youtube video of this one Falsie and she was just literally talking out of her tail, because everything she said did not make sense at all. What got me was not the fact that her followers was into it and getting hyped, but the fact that when I would research what she said that Paul or Jesus may have said according to her, I found nothing. I wrote one phrase verbatim in google and hit a dead end. Why, was it a dead end? It wasn’t scriptural and nowhere in the bible, at all. The people where just giving up their money, waving their hands in the air and it was all in the name of Christ (or was it?)
7) They give out subliminal signs of what they are truly all about
Philippians 3:2 “Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;”
Check out their entire demeanor one day; from how they express themselves with their hands, if they have their bible opened (at all), their outfits (some are very distractingly flashing, I mean they could literally give the Flash a run for his money). Check out the way they interact with the audience and the people behind the scenes. Now, I know that first appearances are everything in some instances, but staying quiet and observing can tell the story, as well. Meaning, just because they dress beautifully and very glamorously groomed, doesn’t mean, does not mean that they are born-again-indwelled-with-the-Holy-Spirit-believers of Christ. Pay attention to the stuff that comes out of their mouths.
Seriously, these False Teachers/Prophets make sound like and give off the impression that they are all for Christ, but they are not, obviously. Listen to what they say, what they do. Just like the kiddie song “Oh be careful little tongue what you say.”
Looks, words, and even deeds can be very deceiving indeed. Be careful.
This could be why John said in 1 John 4:1-5 to test the spirits. Don’t just believe what they say at face value, do your research by studying the word of God and make sure that their teachings are alignment with what it says. If not, then they are not who they say that they are.
8) They outright avoid teaching about sin and salvation
Jeremiah 23:36 “But stop using this phrase, ‘prophecy from the LORD.’ For people are using it to give authority to their own ideas, turning upside down the words of our God, the living God, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”
Galatians 1:8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed”
This trait basically goes hand-in-hand with trait # 4 and 5. They want to make their followers feel good. It’s all about Customer Experience with them.
The downfall is that they are lying to their followers when they leave out information that pertains to their eternal life.
Do you know that a lot of people out here do not know why Jesus had to die? Until I was actually taught about why Jesus had to die, I was in the dark. I took what was taught at face value and I was still a lost soul. I found religion, instead of Christ. Religion is man’s attempt to reach God by their own efforts. Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s a relationship because you are reconciled back to God. You are no longer dead in sin. You’re in new creature in Christ Jesus, according to 2 Corinthians 5:17.
A lot of people don’t know that they are saved by God’s grace. They don’t realize that Jesus paid our sin debt in full when he was on the cross and he said “It is finished” WE don’t have to work to obtain salvation nor do we have to work to maintain our salvation. It’s a free gift, salvation full and free. No amount of work could have granted us an entry into the kingdom of God, which is why Jesus said in John 3:3 and 5, “You must be born again”
What these False Teachers do is sugar coat and water down the word of God, in order to maintain their quota. It’s all about them and not about God, but they use God as a clutch for their own selfish purposes and their followers are none the wiser. That’s why it’s imperative that we study the word for ourselves (2 Timothy 2:15) If you go to church and the Pastor, Minister, or whatever, does not touch on Salvation and does not bring Jesus in the mix at all, then your time was severely wasted, especially, if you don’t have a relationship with Christ.
Let me remind you that going to Church does not make you a Christian. Tithing, singing in the choir, speaking in tongues does not mean you are a born-again believer in Christ. So sorry to tell you. You’re not special because you do those things. Congrats to your efforts, but it means nothing. Stop listening to these False Teachers on these TV screens and get into the word for yourself. Your life depends on it.
Who would you rather please, God or Man?
If today was the appointed time of your physical death, would you go to heaven? Guess what, being good does not cut it.
I’m not a good person. You’re not a good person. There is no one righteous, except Jesus Christ.
I don’t know why these Falsies are scared to touch on sin and salvation. I guess they don’t realize that their necks are on the line, because one day, they are going to be accountable. And, then what? When you stand before God, you’ll be by yourself to give an account. Do you want him to say “Depart from me, I never knew you” or “Well done my good and faithful servant.”? The choice is yours, so better make sure you are choosing wisely where you get your spiritual education from.
9) They always say “God told me to tell you” When he didn’t tell them nothing.
Did he really tell me that, well, why didn’t he tell me that himself? I know that there are some genuine Prophets out there, but the difference between them and the false ones; they will give you what is written in scripture, because it will be in alignment.
Half the time when someone tells them “God told me to tell you this or that.” And get pissed at God, because it didn’t happen. I seriously don’t like being hoodwinked, so when someone approaches me with that, then I’m on guard by the power of the Holy Spirit. Whatever they tell me, I’m going to pray for confirmation and I’m going to check it out in the bible.
Whenever, my sister and I would pass a message from our mother to each other, then we ask our mother ourselves, “Hey did you say this, Mama?” We get confirmation (Ok usually, when Mama says no she didn’t say anything like that, we just say “j/k for just kidding. We be pranksters for real.) However, it’s not a joking matter when someone uses God like that; that’s not cool at all and please feel free to get angry when someone does that to you.
And notice that they never mention Jesus, they say God. I don’t know what god you serve, especially if they are the false prophets/teachers. It’s always “God told me to tell you, you going to get a breakthrough. He got a plan for you, or you will be married by year 2012” It’s 2014 and I am not married.
I’m going to ask like my grandmother ask me one time about “What is this Facebook?”
“What is this breakthrough?”
Hebrews 1:2 “In these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.”
If you have saved by the blood of Christ, because you have made the confession that you believe and have receive Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you have a relationship with him. Jesus is our mediator according to 1 Timothy 2:5 and he is at the right side of the Father, interceding for you and I against the one who is always going to accuse us.
Who is that accuser?
That’s old Satan. That’s so Satan.
His goal is to steal, kill, and to destroy and if he has to screw with us, then he will, just to prove to God that we aren’t worth of being Heaven-bound citizens. I’m sorry Satan missed and messed up his chance, but he needs to back his family of Fraudster off and stop telling me false info. (It’s wishful thinking I know)
In all actuality, God speaks to every single one of us through the word, his word. So, the next time they say “God told me to tell you…….”, look it up in the scripture and see if it’s in alignment, especially if they don’t back up their claims with scripture. Never take what they say at face value.
I’m done for now on this series. By the Way (BTW) check out Pimp Preacher.com. Their blog is devoted to exposing the False Teachers, some may surprise you.
Please for your own sakes, study the word for yourself. I leave you with this…..
2 Corinthians 11:11-15
11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
12 But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be [a]regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.