“They want to look for nothing but the chance to commit adultery; their appetite for sin is never satisfied. They lead weak people into a trap. Their hearts are trained to be greedy. They are under God's curse! They have left the straight path and have lost their way; they have followed the path taken by Balaam son of Beor, who loved the money he would get for doing wrong….” II Peter 2:14-15 GNT
A false prophet can be anyone who claims to be speaking for God, but whose message is contrary to God.
False prophets will not convict people of sin, for they themselves do not feel convicted. While true prophets speak according to God’s Word, false prophets speak “candy-coated” messages to make themselves more poplar. They will tell people what they want to hear.
A true prophet expresses the will of God with words. Sometimes signs, wonders and prophesy are involved but the most important part is the message. A true prophet points people to God and shows people their sin.
Many false prophets simply point people to themselves. Their covetousness manifest itself in a desire for power, influence, control, recognition, prestige…..all the while trying to promote themselves as meek, humble, pure in heart and mourning over their ungodly weaknesses.
A true prophet does not draw attention to themselves but to God. If a prophet or teacher spends a great deal of time talking about themselves or their family, it is a good indication just who his/her god is.
Prophets are false when they fail to express God’s will accurately and they fail because they are not in a true relationship with God. The fruit of their lives and the meaning behind their words will indicate the source of their teaching.
“I promise you that on the Day of Judgment, everyone will have to account for every careless word they have spoken. On that day they will be told that they are either innocent or guilty because of the things they have said.” Matt. 12:36-37 CEV