HOW CAN I DISTINGUISH BETWEEN A TRUE PROPHET OF GOD AND A FALSE PROPHET?
Number one: a prophet of God draws people to God and not to other gods; but to the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He draws people to the Word, not to himself or some other Gods.
And then, the things that he says comes to pass. Now that’s a little tricky because sometimes, you have a true prophet who makes mistake. There are some who have made mistake and don’t forget that you are not made a pastor, a prophet or an evangelist because you’re perfect. Sometimes, some of them can make some mistakes. I don’t want you to judge them with their mistakes.
Sometimes out of enthusiasm or over enthusiasm or the expectation of those who are around them, they can do or say things that they are not supposed to do. Also, some might not even be living right. As a result, things can go wrong because they are not paying attention to the Holy Spirit but that doesn’t make them a false prophet. A true prophet can make mistake and say the wrong thing, as a true evangelist can say the wrong thing. Sometimes, their are problems like that.
Their are other distinguishing factors;
Does he walk in love? A key, walking in love of Christ is very important. Then the consistency of the Word of God in his mouth. As you have a false prophet; you can have a false pastor, a false teacher, and then the Bible also talks about false brethren. So their are false prophet according to the scriptures; there are false pastors according to the scriptures; and there are false brethren according to the scriptures.
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You will know all of these in the same way. Sometimes not immediately, it may take a while, but you will see certain things consistently; especially faltering on the word of God consistently. That’s a major sign.
There are other problems that make it difficult like the use of material mediums. Incidentally, there are true Christians, pastors, prophets, evangelist, apostle and so on; who have been misled into the use of material mediums. Like praying through certain things. They’ve got some clothes that they pray through, some water, some holy water that they pray through. They’ve got all of these stuff and they are problems because a true prophet shouldn’t use them. But some of them have used them and some are using them. So, it becomes rather difficult to distinguish them for some people especially when you understand that sometimes, some of these ministers have come from a backgrounds where they were children and grandchildren of priests and priestesses. Juju priestesses. So some of these things they have carried over into Christianity, and the use of it.
So, I am saying that’s not enough to condemn them because they are using some things out of their ignorance. Some day soon, they will learn from those mistakes and stop using them. You need to listen to the word of God; that’s the most important thing. Go to the scriptures yourself. Listen to what they are saying and compare it with the word of God. That will help you. If that minister continues to falter on the Word of God, you’ve got to know something is wrong. This is the biggest signs.
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