“At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” Matthew 24:10-11
False Prophet: A person who spreads false teachings or messages while claiming to speak the Word of God.
“Look out for false teachers and prophets (my paraphrase),” Jesus warned, because false prophets will only try to deceive people with their subtle manipulation of the truth.
False prophets are becoming more prominent in today’s age of tolerance and rebellion against God. This culture is eager for an easy religion – one that requires no effort and offers no consequences. This generation more than any other wants to live however they’d like, without boundaries or authority. Unfortunately, there are plenty of teachers and preachers eager to give the people what they want to hear—and usually, they end up making a large sum of money from it.
There have always been teachers who have tried to manipulate the Word of God. Prosperity theology preachers abound, while some others teach the Gospel of feel-good greed – both deceptive and false. Many mainline protestant preachers have stopped believing that the Bible is the perfectly true and inspired Word of God, sending their churches down a dead end road. Other Christians and spiritual leaders pick and choose what Scriptures they like, discarding the ones they don’t, thus watering down what the Bible says.
Would you recognize a watered-down Gospel if you heard it?
Commit to spending more time in God’s Word this week and ask Him for the wisdom to recognize false teachers – inside and outside the church.
We must stay alert in these end times.
Written by Bryant Wright, Founder, RFTH