Who Are The False Prophets Among Us?
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God, behold, the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.’ And the Lord said to me, 'The prophets prophesy lies in my name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.'" Jeremiah 14:13-14 Are there false prophets among us today? Most assuredly, yes. They prophesy health, wealth, and prosperity. They misuse the Scriptures and make them say what the Lord is NOT saying. They proclaim that God's will for you is that you become rich, that every affliction be healed, and then they go on to teach you how to be a success in life. What is missing from their message? The Cross. They don't preach about sin, therefore they don't need to mention the Cross. His Cross, and the cross we each must pick up to follow him. "Then he said to them all, 'If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.'" Luke 9:23-24 DENY himself? You'll never hear that from the prosperity teachers, from the "name it and claim it" teachers, from the false prophets. Take up your CROSS daily? Lose your life for his sake? You'll never hear that from them. They teach heresy. RUN from those who teach you a false gospel, and that's what it is, a false gospel. It's lies spoken in the name of the Lord, using Scripture wrongly to convince you. They will stand accountable before the Lord for lying in his name, for misusing the holy Scriptures to promise health, wealth, and prosperity.
Health, wealth and prosperity will be ours in the world to come. The beauty and joy of heaven is beyond what our hearts can imagine. “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 That's for the world to come. While we're here however, we are in a battle for our lives and for the lives of others. We will be HATED, we will be REJECTED, we will be PERSECUTED for preaching the true Gospel. The enemy will do all he can to assail us and discourage us and beat us down. But our Lord, our God, has told us to expect that, so we are not to be bewildered when it happens. He has said to take up our CROSS daily, and follow him. Take up your cross, not your rolex. "The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, IF INDEED WE SUFFER WITH HIM, that we may also be glorified together." Romans 8:16-17 vs 18: "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."