HOW TO IDENTIFY FALSE PROPHETS
MATTHEW 7: 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
There are several ways to describe a false prophet. A person who uses satanic powers to predict or prophesy about things or issues is a false prophet. A false prophet can see or say things about you which are true and accurate but may be using satanic powers to operate.
Fortune tellers, palm readers, fetish priest and others all predict factual information. Therefore, factual information about you does not make a prophet a true prophet. A false prophet also may be using common sense to say things which are true about you without any supernatural influence. Therefore, we must not be deceived by how accurate they sound with the facts.
Another way to describe a false prophet is a person who uses his natural imagination and tricks to predict or say things about people. Such false prophets may not be accurate all the time. Any divine utterance or prophecy which did not come to pass was not from God.
There are situations where a believer may be driven by popularity and material gain to give a prophecy which is not of God. Such prophesies often fail. We must therefore not allow ourselves to be put under pressure to say something to impress people when God has not spoken or revealed anything.
A false prophet too can be described as somebody who teaches satan-inspired doctrines backed by satanic invoked miracles. A true prophet is a man in Christ with the supernatural endowment of the Holy Spirit who is able to reveal Christ through teachings backed by the operation of the revelation gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Beware, demons can reveal secrets but cannot be consistent with the doctrine of Christ. Prophets are supposed to serve the church or the body of Christ, not politicians or sportsmen. They are to mature believers. Their ministry is connected to the spiritual growth of believers.
1CORINTHIANS 3: 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? The popular understanding of anointing service is a church program where after a man of God has finished preaching, he will pour or rub oil on the head of individuals.
Sometimes people get their hair soaked with oil and others also drink these oils bought from the market and supposedly prayed over by the man of God. This makes them feel they have received the anointing. Many people loved to get anointing with oil for various reasons. Some believe that they get their problems solved faster by anointing them with oil.
Some believe they will get power to work miracles by pouring oil on them. There is, therefore, special service people organize called anointing service. We don’t have such a thing called anointing service in the New Testament church. The anointing is also not the oil in the bottle or the bowl. The anointing is the consecration of the believer as a result of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in him.
Pouring oil on a person does not make him anointed. A person gets anointed by receiving the Holy Ghost. This anointing is done by God not by man. Every believer is already anointed by the Holy Ghost. We don’t need any additional anointing from man. Pouring oil on people for anointing was done in the Old Testament as a shadow of the reality to come.
Now Christ has died and resurrected. The believer has become the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. We have been made kings and priest for God; therefore, we don’t need the shadows anymore. The believer must then be taught to know who he is and what he has. The man in Christ is anointed. We can minister things of the Spirit without using oil.
Therefore, it is ignorance to have a special service called anointing service to pour or smear oil on people.
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