The world is full of false prophets who have led the sheep of Christ astray. These are the ways to know about false prophets. The Bible says we should test every spirit because there’re many false prophets in the world (1 John 4:1).
One, false prophets love money. They cannot hold any meeting, even online, unless they are soliciting for money. They cannot pray for you unless you pay them. They cannot preach unless you pay them. They cannot conduct a burial or a wedding unless you pay them. The Bible says that in the last days, people will be lovers of money (2 Timothy 3:2); and the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Any person doing this in Kenya or outside Kenya is a false prophet.
It’s important to support ministers of the Gospel BUT preaching is not professional training or counselling. Preaching is a gift from God and should not be traded. It’s also important to give the money required by your church (not the pastor) for weddings and funeral services to take care of church bills.
Two, false prophets love power. Their congregations pursue miracles, not God. They build their ministries around miracles, not on a solid relationship with Christ. There’re even some genuine preachers who’ve fallen for this power-trap – ministers who love red-carpets, names of honor, their handbags/bibles carried, car doors opened and being surrounded by many bodyguards. They can’t shake hands with congregants so that they remain mysterious. I pray they stop these shenanigans. Do you know any with these behaviors in Kenya?
Jesus taught in the market-places, road sides and mountains. Jesus dinned with commoners. Crowds touched Him as he taught them. Jesus came to serve, not to be served – and He asked us to follow His example. Contrastingly, Satan loves power. Satan lost his place in heaven because of his desire for power.
Isaiah 14:12-15 says, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most-High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
Three, false prophets focus on themselves, not on Jesus. Their sermons are full of themselves. They want people to be awed by their power. Be worried of anyone who preaches without directing people to Jesus.
1 John 4:3 says, "Every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world." False prophets don’t build the kingdom of God – they build their personal empires disguising themselves as apostles.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 - For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So, it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
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