“Claiming to be speaking for God Himself, these prophecies were made by Pat Robertson, Paula White-Cain, Kris Vallotton, Mark Taylor, Kat Kerr, Marcus Rogers, Kevin Zadai, Greg Locke, Taribo West, Denise Goulet, Curt Landry, and others. Jeremiah Johnson went so far as to say his prophecy was 100% sure, yet for some reason his video recently vanished from the Internet.”
(Don & Joy Venoit – Midwest Christian Outreach) It’s one strike and you are out for false prophets. No redo. No “oops.” God said in His word to give ‘em a “T” or give ‘em an “F” – mark them True or False. It is said that the late Walter Martin claimed God spends more time in Scripture on false prophets, false teachers, and evil shepherds than He does on all of the sexual sins combined….
We haven’t done a personal accounting, but we suspect that is true. False prophets are dangerous to the spiritual lives, and in some cases the physical lives of those who follow them, and in some cases, innocent bystanders. In 2007 we wrote “Beware of False Prophets” to look at some of the biblical passages given to God’s people to enable them to judge between true and false prophets. If we just look at Deuteronomy 18:15-22, God outlines how He will communicate to a true prophet and tells His people how to handle a so-called prophet that proves to be false. He states:
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ (Deuteronomy 18:20)
The criteria is simple and easy to understand. If someone claims to be a prophet speaking words given to him by the LORD and is “prophesying” future events that do not come to pass, he is a false prophet and capital punishment is his just sentence. God takes false prophecy very seriously, as God’s NAME and veracity is on the line. And God’s Word means nothing if people can pass off their own ideas as coming from God. The test was completely unwavering. It only takes one false prophecy to make one a false prophet, because God does not get things wrong. So, there were no do-overs, and no apologies or excuses accepted. Period.
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