How To Identify False Prophets

Everywhere you turn to, you see prophets. In fact, the prophetic ministry is the most flourishing of all ministries in the church right now. Prophetic churches are filled with people seeking to divine their future. What does the Bible say about prophets? Does the prophetic gift still operate in the New Testament? How do we identify true prophets? How do we know a false prophet?

Yes, the prophetic gift/ministry is still operational in the New Testament church!

Ephesians 4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,

Ephesians 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

Ephesians 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;

1 Corinthians 12:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,

1 Corinthians 12:10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

Prophecy is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and prophets are members of the five fold ministry (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers). However, like we all know, for every genuine gift of God, there’s a counterfeit. Just like we have false apostles, false evangelists, false pastors and false teachers, we also have false prophets!

The purpose of this brief teaching is to help believers scripturally identify false prophets. This is very important because they’re all over the place deceiving millions of people, extorting money from many and leading many astray.

Who is a prophet?

A prophet is someone who, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, can fore-tell or forth-tell events, which the human mind could not have fathomed out on its own.

To foretell means to predict an event before it happens.

To forth-tell is to expose events that have happened in the past or are happening in the present.

Prophesying is not predicting based on permutations or review of facts. Prophesying is God revealing hidden secrets of the past or present, as well as accurately unveiling the future. True prophecy is 100% accurate, all the time, because God cannot fail and cannot lie.

2 Peter 1:20 but know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,

2 Peter 1:21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Get it right!

True prophecy does not emanate from the human will. True prophecy comes from the Holy Spirit and since the Holy Spirit cannot lie, every true prophecy must come to pass. That’s why when prophets of God prophesy in the Bible, they start their messages with, “thus saith the Lord…”. It means, “this is what God is saying”. It is not the man talking at that moment, but the Holy Spirit speaking through him.

Now, let’s get to the methods of identifying false prophets and false prophecies.

Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

Deuteronomy 18:19 It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.

Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’

Deuteronomy 18:21 you may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’

Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not to be afraid of him.

We learn some important things from the passages above:

1. A true prophet speaks the word of God, because God puts his word in the mouth of the true prophet.

2. A prophet can presume to speak in the name of God, when God has not spoken.

3. A prophet can speak in the name of other gods.

In summary, a prophet can be influenced by any one of these spirits:

1. The Holy Spirit.

2. His own human spirit.

3. Evil spirits.

If a prophet speaks from the Holy Spirit, the thing must come to pass. If a prophet speaks from his own human spirit or from evil spirits, the thing may or may not come to pass.

Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

If any prophet claims to be speaking in the name of the Lord, by saying, “thus saith the Lord”, and the thing he prophesied about did not come to pass, know that God did not speak to that prophet, for God cannot fail! Whatever God says must come to pass!

So, if a prophet claimed to prophesy in the name of the Lord and the prophecy failed to come to pass as he said it, know that God did not speak to him. His mind or an evil spirit may have inspired him, it was certainly not God that inspired him!

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

1 Samuel 15:29 Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.

Hebrews 6:18 So that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie , we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.

So, friends, it’s impossible for God to lie! If a supposedly God-given prophecy failed to happen as prophesied, be sure that that prophecy did not come from God and if a supposedly prophet of God gave a prophecy and it failed to come to pass, Bible says you should not fear that man. Don’t be afraid of him!

Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

And why should you not be afraid of such a man? Because he’s a false prophet! There’s also another situation which is more dangerous. A prophet can prophesy and the thing will come to pass exactly as he said, and yet he’s a false prophet!

Deuteronomy 13:1“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,

Deuteronomy 13:2 and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’

Deuteronomy 13:3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Now, imagine a prophet gave you a prophecy and the prophecy came to pass. Isn’t that wonderful? Wouldn’t you immediately conclude that he’s a true prophet of God? Not so fast! You must test him further. Give him the WORD test!

Does he lead you to God or does he lead you to other gods?

Does he ask for money to go and do curse-breaking?

Does he ask you to go and offer sacrifices to break a curse?

Does he ask to take you to a river for cleansing?

Does he ask you to do anything that’s contrary to the letter and spirit of the Gospel of our Lord?

If a does any of these things that are capable of leading you away from God, though his prophecy came to pass, he’s a false prophet! You can’t be in Christ and be under a curse. The moment you come to Christ, you’re translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. You move from the curse of sin and death to blessings of God in Christ Jesus. You’re a new creature, old things (personal curses, familial curses, ancestral curses, generational curses, etc) are passed away, and all things become new!

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),

Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Colossians 1:13 He hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Child of God, don’t let any false prophet tell you you’re suffering from any form of curses, when you’re in Christ. Whoever tells you that is a child of hell who doesn’t know the gospel. Whoever tells you that you need to do curse-breaking is a cursed prophet. Your complete and total curse-breaking took place on Calvary about 2000 years ago, and became operational and effective in your life the moment you became born again!

A true prophet of God (like any other true servant of God) does not trade with his gift. He does not sell the gift for money. He does not make merchandise of the gift of God!

The Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,

The Acts 8:19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit”.

The Acts 8:20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money.

The Acts 8:21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.

The Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

The Acts 8:23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”

You cannot buy the gift of God with money and a true servant of God will not sell the gift of God for money, like we see all these false prophets doing all over the place.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.

A prophet who prophesies for reward or monetary gain has the anointing of Balaam, and will perish like Balaam. Any prophet that prays with you using incense, candles, special oil, etc, while demanding for money, is the first born of Satan!

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

False prophets are not concerned with your soul salvation. They’re not concerned about holiness. They’re not concerned about the truth of the Gospel. They’re not concerned about the coming of the Lord. They’re not concerned about living a godly, contented, humble Christian life. They are destitute of the fruits of the spirit.

In conclusion, test any prophet carefully, with the word of God, before you believe them. Test their prophecies, observe their lifestyles and conduct, both on the pulpit and outside the pulpit. Watch their utterances. Observe their regard and respect for the written word of God. The true prophetic word can never contradict the written Word.

Beware of false prophets who are everywhere!

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How To Identify False Ministers Of The Gospel

People are tired of hearing this perverted gospel we preach that’s lacking in love and holiness, and that’s full of prosperity and high-class living for pastors and General Overseers, while church members are suffering. It’s a gospel of deception! Churches have become personal and family businesses and dens of thieves, rather than places of prayer and worship. People have forgotten the real message of the cross that goes with love holiness.

John 15:13 “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.

That’s the original Apostolic Gospel, where the leaders of the church were not living like kings and lords, while majority of the people were going hungry. The problem with Christianity is the leaders first, who are leading the people astray. The second problem is the ignorant and foolish people who are blindly following their greedy leaders!

For false christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones). Our Lord warned us of false christs (anointed ones) and false prophets who will arise in the last days, with the sole intent to deceive and lead God’s people astray.

If you don’t know how to identify these messengers of Satan transforming themselves as apostles of Christ, you will be led astray, deceived and suffer shipwreck in your faith! The good thing is that, we’ve been forewarned in the Scriptures, by our Lord and his apostles, to beware of these wolves masquerading in sheep clothing. So, if we fail to take the warning of scripture, we have only ourselves to blame. No one can claim ignorance, because we’ve been forewarned.

What has confused simple-minded believers is how somebody can be anointed, heal the sick, prophesy, do mighty signs and wonders in Jesus name, and still be false and satanic.

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name perform many miracles?’

Matthew 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.’

Think of it!

Someone can call Jesus, ‘ Lord’, prophesy in Jesus’ name, cast out devils in Jesus’ name, perform many miracles in Jesus’ name, and will still be told by Jesus at the end that he was a worker of iniquity. That’s pretty serious, isn’t it!

Friends, let me just run ahead of myself and say it now. Prophecy, signs and wonders, miracles, etc, are not the evidence to use in judging whether a man of God is genuine or not. None of the gifts of the Holy Spirit can be used as evidence of the genuineness of a believer or a man of God.

Not speaking in tongues! Not interpretation of tongues! Not prophecy! Not gifts of healing! Not gift of miracle!

Don’t forget this. Any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit can be counterfeited! Satan can perform miracles and signs and wonders.

Revelation 16:13 and I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Revelation 16:14 for they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Did you see it there in verse 14? The spirits of devils working miracles!

Revelation 13:11 then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.

Revelation 13:12 He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.

Revelation 13:13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.

Revelation 13:14 and he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.

Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Remember how the magicians in Egypt were able to counterfeit the signs and wonders the Holy Spirit performed through Moses? So, all the gifts of the Holy Spirit can be counterfeited by Satan. Don’t ever forget that! Also, remember that the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Romans 11:29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

What this means is that, someone who started genuinely may have a genuine anointing and calling, and be genuinely gifted by God, may then fall away from grace, depart from God and still be operating those gifts of the Holy Spirit!

Hear me, folks! God does not take away his gifts from anybody, once he’s released them! Even if we misuse the gifts, he doesn’t recall them. He will judge how we use the gifts at the end, not here. So, stop asking, “If he’s false, why is God blessing him?” or “why is God doing signs and wonders with him?” Or “why is God manifesting in his ministry?”

Remember that Lucifer who once was the bright covering cherub in heaven fell from grace to become Satan (God’s adversary), yet he still retains the powers and gifts he had from God. God didn’t take the gifts and powers from him. So, don’t you ever judge a person or a man of God by his gifts and anointing, unless you want to be deceived.

So then, how are we to judge a person or a man God? How do we know if a minister is genuine or not? How do we test the spirits controlling ministers?

We need to know how to test them because the Bible says, “test or try all spirits!”

1 John 4:1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Matthew 7:16 You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?

Matthew 7:17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.

Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Matthew 7:20 So then, you will know them by their fruits.

Did you get it? You identify the genuineness of a minister of God by their fruits, not by their gifts and anointing. Gifts and anointing can be counterfeited. Gifts and anointing can remain intact even when a man has fallen away from grace. However, fruits cannot be counterfeited!

You can’t successfully fake the fruits of the Spirit!

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Galatians 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

So, watch out for the fruits emanating from the life and ministry of the man. If his character does not reflect the character of Christ, he’s not of Christ. He may perform all the signs and wonders in this world. He may even accurately prophesy about the colour of pant you wore yesterday, or the amount of money you have in your account; if he doesn’t portray the character of Christ, he’s not of Christ!

2 Peter 2:1But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

2 Peter 2:2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;

2 Peter 2:3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

One other sign of false ministers is that, they secretly introduce destructive heresies into the church. Think about this! False ministers have no regard for the word of God. They can manipulate it anyhow just to achieve their selfish ambition.

 Acts 20:28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Acts 20:29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;

Acts 20:30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.

 False ministers will pervert the true Gospel of Christ with impunity, just to draw men after themselves! All they care about is the crowd, the money, the fame and the popularity of a mega ministry! They don’t care about the truth of the Gospel or the salvation of souls!

John 8:47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

Why are they not hearing God’s Word? Because they are NOT of God!

1 John 3:10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.

Do you see the scandal, immorality, hatred and competition among these ministers? It simply means they are NOT of God!

2 Peter 2:1But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

Titus 1:16 They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.

These false ministers deny our Lord by their despicable deeds, though they profess to know him. They’re disobedient and rebellious to the Lord and his word!

John 14:15 If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

They claim to love him, but disregard his word and break his commandments with impunity!

2 Peter 2:2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;

The name of Christ is being blasphemed among the unbelievers because of the scandalous lives and lifestyles of these false ministers!

2 Peter 2:3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

Greed and covetousness are the pillars of their ministry. It’s all about prosperity and more prosperity, for themselves and their families!

Philippians 3:18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Philippians 3:19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their mind on earthly things.

These false ministers are in ministry for the sake of their belly. They glory in what they should be ashamed of – the size of their cathedrals, their private jets, the cost of their pulpits, etc. Their focus is on earthly things, because there is no hope of heaven for them. No wonder they want to get their reward here and now! These are enemies of the cross of Christ. They’re ashamed of the cross and the suffering it entails.

2 Peter 2:14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.

2 Peter 2:15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.

2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.

These guys have nothing to offer but vain jangling. They speak great swelling but empty words. No life in what they preach or teach. At best, they’re just great orators and motivational speakers. They can’t impart the true Spirit because they’re destitute of the Spirit. They promise people liberty but they themselves are slaves of corruption. False ministers love to be served and hero-worshipped as lords. They love to lord it over God’s people. They treat the congregation as though they own the church, as if it’s their personal or family business!

1 Peter 5:1Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,

1 Peter 5:2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;

1 Peter 5:3 nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.

1 Peter 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

 They love to lord it over God’s people and exercise autocratic control over the church, for the sake of controlling church money. Leaders are not to lord it over God’s people, but are to be worthy examples to the flock. They’re to show the people how to lead godly, humble, contented lives, focused on heavenly things!

The Acts 20:33 I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes.

The Acts 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me.

The Acts 20:35 In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

That’s Paul’s admonition to young minister Timothy. And that’s God’s expectation for all true ministers of the Gospel. Even our Lord Jesus, during his earthly ministry, did not live and  act as Lord, but behaved like a servant.

Matthew 20:25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.

Matthew 20: 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,

Matthew 20:27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;

Matthew 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

John 13:12 So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?

John 13:13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.

John 13:14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

John 13:15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.

These false ministers do not lead by example as humble, godly and others-centered servants of Christ.  Rather, they rule as lords over God’s heritage. They drive fleets of exotic cars, they fly in private jets, they live in lavish mansions in the most exotic parts of the world. Their children go to schools in the best universities abroad. They and their families attend hospitals overseas, while they sell olive oil, holy water, stickers and aprons to their members for healing. While they sell you stickers for protection, they’re protected and escorted by tens of armed police men and soldiers!What deception!

Meanwhile thousands of their followers cannot eat three square meal a day. Thousands of their members cannot send their children to even public schools. Thousands of their members die from treatable illnesses because they cannot afford hospital fees. How can these brood of vipers escape the damnation of hell?

Ezekiel 34:1Then the word of the Lord came to me saying,

Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord God, Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?

Ezekiel 34:3 You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock.

Ezekiel 34:4 Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them.

Ezekiel 34:5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

That’s what the ferocious, greedy wolves clothed in the garment of shepherds have done to God’s flock. They’ve devoured and fleeced the flock and have made themselves fat at the expense of God’s suffering, poor people, who continue to water them with tithes, first fruits, dangerous seeds and all manner of evil contraptions.

A good shepherd will so love and care for the sheep in his flock that he will defend them against any form of danger, to the extent of putting his life at risk for the sheep.

St. John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

St. John 10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

St. John 10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

These false ministers are nothing but hirelings, who have no iota of care or love for the sheep of God! Theirs is to fleece and exploit the sheep to their maximum advantage and benefit.

1 Samuel 17:34 But David said to Saul, your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock,

1 Samuel 17:35 I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth ; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him.

David was an example of a true shepherd, who was ready to lay down his life for his flock, by taking on a lion and a bear, in defense of his flock. That’s the heart of a true shepherd! He will leave 99 sheep in a safe shelter and go after one missing sheep, until he finds it. How many of these hirelings feeding fat on God’s flock are ready to go after one missing lamb until they find him or her? If you’re not a big tither, forget it. They won’t even know where you live or whether you come to church or not. These are hirelings, interested only in money!

The Acts 4:33 And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.

The Acts 4:34 For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales.

The Acts 4:35 and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.

In the early apostolic church, no one lacked anything, because the Apostles ensured church resources and money were not just used by the leaders and the General Overseers, to live like lords and kings, while the flocks suffered lack and deprivation. Rather, money brought to the apostles were distributed to meet real needs in the entire church. The apostles displayed the example of Christ by acting as servant-leaders, by serving others first, before taking care of their own needs. That’s the heart of a true shepherd. That’s the heart of a true spiritual father or mother. You can’t call yourself a true daddy or mummy and watch your kids suffer hunger or want, while you have the resources. A true daddy or mummy will starve themselves, if need be, just to make sure their kids eat. So, if you’re calling someone your daddy or mummy, and you’re there dying in hunger while your daddy or mummy in the Lord is living like a Lord, you’re a big fool.

If you’re gathering your tithes and first fruits and dangerous seeds and giving them to a man who’s flying a private jet and competing with the Bill Gates of this world in wealth, while you can’t even buy a bicycle or pay your house rent,  you deserve to be admitted into a psychiatric hospital!

Brethren, if your man of God or General Overseer is performing signs and wonders on an hourly basis, but is not displaying the fruits of the spirit and the character of Christ and living a humble, exemplary life and placing the needs of the flock before his own, you’re dealing with a false minister of the Gospel.

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There Is Only One True Gospel!

Galatians 1:6 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ to another gospel:

Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

Galatians 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed.  

The word “gospel” is a Greek word that means “good news”. It is the good news that God has made salvation from sin and death freely available to all mankind, through the sacrificial and substitutionary death of His Son Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 1:15, Romans 1:16). It is the good news that all sinners (indeed all people, for all have sinned,  Romans 3:23) can be saved from the guilt and penalty of  sin, and made right with God, by repenting of their sins and believing in Christ’s complete redemptive work at Calvary (Acts 2:37-38; Acts 16: 30-31). That is the good news! That sinners can become saints, and enemies of God can become sons and daughters of God! It’s not just good news, it’s the best news you’ll ever hear!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles (the non-Jewish people) was committed to the Apostle Paul, who before his conversion to Christianity, was a great persecutor of the Church of Christ (Galatians 1:13-16; 1 Corinthians 15:9). However, the grace of God saved him and made him the Apostle to the Gentiles (1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:11). The Lord Jesus appeared to Paul, after his conversion, and personally taught him the substance of the Gospel he was to preach to the Gentiles (Galatians 1: 11-13). The entire mystery of the Gospel to the Gentiles was revealed to Paul by Jesus Christ himself (Ephesians 3:1-10). Paul was commissioned and sent forth by Christ, and was empowered by the Holy Spirit, to be a preacher, a teacher, an apostle, and a light to the Gentiles (1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:11; Galatians 2:7-10, Acts 13:47; Acts 22:21). The Apostle Paul received from the Lord, the guiding principles and ordinances of the Church, and laid the foundation and pattern for the Gentile Churches of all ages to follow (1 Corinthians 11:23; Ephesians 3:1-10; 1Corinthians 3:9-15). 

In the Acts of the Apostles and the various letters of Paul (and to a lesser degree those of the other apostles who were mainly apostles to the Jews), we find the blue print and pattern of the Church for the Gentiles. Every Gentile Church is to be built upon the doctrinal foundation of Paul’s message, and is to operate within this Apostolic blue print, if it is to meet God’s standard and approval (1 Corinthians 3:9-15).

The doctrinal foundation laid by the original Apostles of The Lord (Paul in particular, in respect to the Gentiles) is the unchangeable yardstick by which God will judge every Church in every Church age. It is the gold standard for Christianity. If we build a church according to this standard, our works will be approved and rewarded. If we build contrary to this standard, our works will be rejected and we will have no reward for our labours! We would have laboured and suffered in vain! What a sad loss that would be, to realise one spent an entire lifetime and ministry building with wood, hay and stubbles, which would be consumed with fire and destroyed! (1Corinthians 3:9-15). We are warned in scripture not to depart from the original Apostolic Faith, but to contend earnestly for it (Jude 1:3; 2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Corinthians 11:1). This warning should be taken seriously.

Satan has always wanted to pervert and corrupt the Gospel of Christ, so as to make it ineffective and deadly to mankind, like he perverted God’s Word to Eve, deceived her, and brought death to the entire human race (Genesis 3:1-8; 2 Corinthians 11:2-5). Satan has his army of false apostles, false prophets and false teachers, satanic messengers masquerading all over the place as preachers of the Gospel, who go about perverting and corrupting the right ways of The Lord (Acts 13:6-11; 2Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 Peter 2:1-22; Jude 1:4-19). These false ministers started in the time of the original Apostles of The Lord, who withstood and resisted them mightily, and never gave them room to peddle their deadly potions. Such deceitful workers of iniquity are motivated by Satan and the love of money. They do not care about the well-being of the Church or the interest of her Lord and Saviour. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing, interested only in devouring the flock of God and making disciples for themselves, and not for Christ. They are in ministry only for fame and fortune (Acts 20:29-30). True servants of God should never relent in rebuking and openly resisting such agents of darkness, as standing for the true Gospel means preaching truth as well as rebuking error!

To contend for the original Apostolic faith means to resist, counter and rebuke all deviations from the original apostolic gospel, as well as exposing all exponents of such perverted gospels. It is declaring total warfare against error! (2Timothy 4:2-3). The battle to preserve the truth and purity of the Gospel is the battle for the soul of Christianity. It is the greatest battle ever fought, and is at the fiercest stage now, in this final onslaught of the devil for the souls of men, as his end draws near. But, the true Church is assured of victory, as the gates of hell cannot prevail against her (Matthew 16:18). We shall prevail because The Lord of hosts is not just on our side, he is leading the battle, as Captain of The Lord’s hosts! Hallelujah!!!

Sometimes, a true servant of God may err from the Truth, either because of ignorance or due to undue external pressure and the desire to please men. Apollos was an example of the former (Acts 18:24-28). Such usually receive and accept the Truth readily when exposed to it. Peter is an example of those who compromise the Truth in order to please men. The fear of offending the Jewish believers who hold tenaciously to the laws of Moses made him stop eating with Gentiles, thereby trying to rebuild the middle wall of partition between the two groups that the Cross of Christ had broken down (Ephesians 2:14-16). Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, stood up firmly to Peter, who was his senior in the faith and ministry, and rebuked Peter sharply and openly! (Galatians 2:11-17). This was necessary to preserve the Truth of the Gospel, as Peter was attempting to lead the Gentile Church to Judaism and observance of the Mosaic Law, from which the Gentiles had been excluded (Acts 15). We need men like Paul more than ever now, as perverted versions of the Gospel of Christ dominate the landscape in Christendom!

One does not need to look far into the Word of God to see how far the modern Church has fallen from the original Apostolic faith. Comparing our present day Church with the standard in the book of Acts will glaringly expose the wide gulf between the pattern Church and ourselves, in doctrinal purity, faith, power, prayerfulness, holiness, and zeal for God! Despite the glaring lack of spiritual power and holiness, some actually think that the present day Church is doing well and prospering! To harbour such thoughts in the midst of abject spiritual poverty, blindness, nakedness and wretchedness can only mean some people are grossly deluded about the state of the church! (Revelation 3:14-21).

One of the reasons the modern day Church is so far removed from the original Apostolic Church is that, we have left the original Apostolic faith, and we are preaching another gospel, which is accursed, and cannot therefore receive the blessings of God! (Galatians 1:8-10). The Gospel we are preaching may be motivational, emotionally stirring and bringing a lot financial prosperity to its peddlers, but it is devoid of the power of God to truly save from sin and worldliness and perform the greater works Christ promised to the Church (John 14:12; Mark 16:15-20).

We need to go back to the original blue print for the Church. We need to return to the original Apostolic foundation. We need a restoration of the one true Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is only the pure, unadulterated Gospel that carries the inherent power of God to save, deliver, and transform lives (Romans 1:16). True revival will only come to the Church when we repent and return to the original Gospel. We have mixed law and grace and produced a hybrid Gospel that has robbed the law of its terror and grace of its power. This hybrid Gospel is sterile, impotent and deadly! The Holy Spirit will only anoint the true Gospel that glorifies Christ. This is why we must return to the original Apostolic faith!

That is the purpose of this blog- to correct the erroneous beliefs, practices and doctrines in the Church, and guide her back to the original Apostolic faith. A return to scriptural Truth is the starting point for the revival the Church needs so badly. Once we rediscover the truth of the original Apostolic gospel, we can truly return to God with all our hearts, forsake our wicked ways, and petition God for healing and revival. God will hear from heaven, and answer us, like of old!

2 Chronicles 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

God bless you, as you follow us on this blog and join in praying for the revival and restoration of the Church of Jesus back to her position of power and glory.

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