Discerning False Teachers and False Prophets, and Knowing them By their FRUITS

Discerning False Teachers and False Prophets, and Knowing them By their FRUITS

Deception is not a matter of intelligence. Deception is a matter of character, integrity and love for the truth.

According to 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, God is sending a strong delusion. Why? To manifest who is in love with truth and who isn’t. This is why you have to love the truth more than you love your life. This is not about intelligence; because a high IQ doesn’t prevent deception. This is about character, integrity, and love for the truth.

If you were living in John chapter 6 and you took out a YouTube clip of Jesus saying “eat my flesh and drink my blood…” you could call Jesus a false teacher. You could say He was teaching cannibalism.

Obviously Jesus is not a false anything. He is the truth. But sometimes Jesus had a purpose in saying things without necessarily making sure that everyone understood. Contrary to popular opinion, Jesus did not speak in parables to make things clear. Jesus spoke in obscure parables so that the hardhearted could remain hard, and the soft-hearted would ask for more. He wanted those who loved the truth to continue with Him.

Mark 4: 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Anyone and everyone can be a false teacher or false prophet if their words are taken out of context, even Jesus Himself.

Now the balance of that is: it’s very important to use our tongues in a way that does not cause people to stumble away from obedience (James 3). Our communication should be to encourage obedience and hunger for God. But we don’t use lies or deception, even if for the purpose of getting people to do whats right. Titus 2:7-8 instructs us to have sound, sober, and grave speech that cannot be condemned.

However, Jesus did not instruct to try to catch inarticulate people in their mistakes. Jesus did not instruct us to condemn people that are not as smart as we are. Jesus instructed us to “know them by their fruits.”

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

We don’t get to condemn people for having a different communication style than we prefer, whether it be free-flowing, or systematic and structured. Jesus said to “know them by their fruit,” so we don’t get to judge people for their preference of communication style instead of their fruit. The Holy Spirit is available to give you a gift of discerning of of spirits, but ultimately, only those who are obedient to God’s will really understand doctrine (John 7:17). But if you want to know people by fruit like Jesus instructed us, then here are some of the actual biblical evidence and fruits of error:

  • Consistent and persistent communication of error that moves people hearts away from the living God (Jeremiah 23:1-22).
  • Saying everything exactly right or even doing supernatural miracles, but moving people’s hearts away from the living God (Deuteronomy 13:1-3).
  • Physical adultery, sexual sins, fornication, and unfaithfulness to marriage covenants. (1 Timothy 3:2, 2 Peter 2:14)
  • Partnerships with the ungodly in ministry, and mixing the holy with the profane in worship (James 4:4, Revelation 2:14)
  • Clear evidence of covetousness. Not wealth from diligent work, but from greed. (Colossians 3:5, 1 Timothy 3:3)
  • Drunkenness or dependence upon addicting substances, a lack of sobriety (1 Timothy 3).
  • Ungodly children, that are not in subjection or respectful (Matthew 11:19, 1 Timothy 3:4,5).
  • Consistent and persistent apostasy, divorcing from truth, denying the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 2:1, 1 Corinthians 12:2).
  • Persistent resisting of the Holy Spirit, holiness, and the power of the living God. Having a form of godliness but denying the supernatural power thereof (Acts 7:51, 2 Timothy 3:5)
  • Seeking glory for self, brand, ministry, or group, instead of God( John 7:18). A different agenda, to sell a product instead of freely communicate the glory of God.
  • Using doctrines of grace to strengthen subtle rebellion against the Lord instead of strengthening prayer, holiness, and obedience (Hebrews 10:29, Jude 1:4, Jeremiah 28:15-17, Hananiah = Yahweh is gracious)
  • Consistent and persistent teaching that moves people’s hearts away from prayer, holiness, or obedience. They will never articulate these things directly, but there will be a communication of fancy deep teaching or revelation that will result in this heart direction. This is a crucial point, because a prophet or teacher could say everything right, but have an overall agenda that leads people away from the heart of God. Someone else might not have the best speech, but when you get to understand their heart, they lead people into sanctification, prayer and obedient partnership with God through Jesus Christ. These people may be assisted to help them communicate their points better (Acts 18:26).

A True Biblical Church

A true Biblical Church is immune to false apostles, false prophets, false teachers, and fake bishops…

The natural vaccines that give this immunity have been around for hundreds of years. They are called Matthew, Mark, Luke, John…. 1st & 2nd Corinthians… 1st, 2nd, 3rd John… Revelations.

These natural vaccines can only be administered by the Holy Spirit, not dead men or history books.

The apostasy in the Church is a failure in biblical literacy and the failure to construct Jesus Christ in the Church thru the Holy Spirit.

God Allows False Apostles and False Prophets to Grow – To See if You Love HIM

God Allows false apostles and false prophets to grow and flourish so that those who love Him in truth can prove their love and integrity with the decisions they make to test them and stand against them and avoid them.

Revelations 2:2
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

2 Thessalonians 2
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

False teachers are easy to spot because they violate scripture. They are only easy to spot if you are biblically literate: having read the bible cover to cover several times while filled with the Holy Spirit in proper Christlike discipleship.

False prophets are a lot trickier because they say everything right and are great actors but they do the opposite and spread corruption and mixture and iniquity.

False apostles are the hardest to test. They say that themselves or their organization is “sent” from God, but their motive is always to eat the flock. It takes time for their corrupt fruit to show up, and they are really good at making themselves into “ministers of righteousness.”

But time always tells that they are “workers” of iniquity. Iniquity spreads as they continue to grow. Eventually iniquity turns into obvious sin, like a virus that takes time before the symptoms show up.

2 Corinthians 11:13
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Thank GOD for True Leaders who Love the Flock more than they Love the Devil!

They feed the Flock because they Love JESUS first (John 21).

Just a Little Bit of False Teaching Permeates the Whole Body – Just like a Yeast Infection

A Little Leaven Leavens the Whole Loaf

*[[Gal 5:8-9]] KJV* This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

False teaching permeates the whole Body if it is allowed to be taught verbally or by example without correction.

Persuasion:
Transliteration: peismonē Phonetic: pice-mon-ay’ Thayer Definition:

1. persuasion 2. treacherous or deceptive persuasion

*[[1Co 5:6-8]] KJV* Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

When false teaching is taught by example, such as fornication, malice, or wickedness – God has to start a whole new unleavened loaf of bread aka Body of Believers, that walk in the sincerity and truth of Christ. He can do this by purging the leaven aka yeast aka false teaching aka false example from the Body of believers. He can also send an apostle to recreate the Body and form them into Christ.

*[[Luk 12:1-3]] KJV* In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

One of the most important false teachings Jesus had to purge when He started out the Body of Christ was the leaven of the Pharisees – hypocrisy. They were actors in real life who thought they could say and do things in secret and portray something different in their outward appearance.

*[[Mat 16:12]] KJV* Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Leaven represents doctrine, and teaching by example.

Job Descriptions: hiring a False Prophet and a True Messenger

The job of the false prophet is to reach the Masses with a corrupted message that is halfway true, and get praise and honor from men in his own generation. The pay is high, in the kingdom of man.

The job of the true messenger is to disciple the Few with a pure message that is lived in truth, and modeled to instruct God’s remnant and change future generations. The pay is high, in the kingdom of God.

Are you saying that true messengers can’t have success? No.

True Messengers wear success loosely, knowing that it’s temporary and fleeting, and that praise from men will soon be reversed into hatred. They dont mind success discipling the remnant, but they know that success with the masses is a lie. If they get mass success they don’t hold on to it, they keep chasing higher levels of truth, purity, and creativity in God. The only thing they do with success is teach others how they got it.

False prophets get success and then try to keep it. They keep trying to stay on top and stay in control, worshipping their gift, talent, or formula, and end up totally deceived and prophesying for more success instead of for God.

Google:
John 5:30-44
John 7:7-19
Galatians 1:10

Luke 6
22 Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. 23 Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets…
26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to [e]treat the false prophets in the same way.

Matthew 7
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.