“Prophets or interpreters of dreams may promise a miracle or a wonder, in order to lead you to worship and serve gods that you have not worshiped before. Even if what they promise comes true, do not pay any attention to them. The Lord your God is using them to test you, to see if you love the Lord with all your heart. Follow the Lord and honor him; obey him and keep his commands; worship him and be faithful to him.” Deut. 13:1-4 GNT
Obeying God’s voice and keeping His commandments is a regular theme with God’s prophets. They always have God’s Word as the foundation of their message.
When the OT prophets were sent to warn or inform Israel and Judah, they always pointed out the grievous ways in which the people had transgressed God’s law.
God gives us a standard by which to measure the words of a prophet: the law and testimony………His Word. If the prophet’s message contradicts what is already established as God’s Word, it is evidence that he/she lacks spiritual understanding. If his/her words to not line up with God’s Word he/she is not speaking the truth.
A true prophet upholds the Word of God, while false prophets avoid moral teaching and instead preach a message that is ‘candy-coated’ so it will appeal to the masses.
God’s Word is offensive to the natural mind (Rom. 8:7), and sadly it is quite common for God’s prophets to be killed, while the false prophets enjoy widespread popularity and support.
Popularity is NOT a good measurement of God’s pleasure with a leader!
Large churches, as amazing as they might seem, are not accurate indicators of God’s involvement or blessing.
“The time is coming when people won't listen to good teaching. Instead, they will look for teachers who will please them by telling them only what they are itching to hear. They will turn from the truth and eagerly listen to senseless stories.” II Timothy 4:3-4 CEV