Discerning false prophets

June 20th, 2014

In todays reading from 1 John 4 it talks about discerning or testing false prophets. The first verse again sets the scene…

“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world”.

It is important for us as Christians to not just believe everything we hear. Even if the person claims to be a prophet and to have heard from God, we must prayerfully weigh up what they say.

Some tests we could prayerfully include are –

1. Does it line up with other things God talks about in the Bible
2. Does the persons lifestyle match their talk
3. Have other things they have prophesied in the past been right

Another big key is how do they view Jesus. Verse 2 says…

“This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God”.

Many false prophets deny Christ came in a human body. While others claim he is not eternal and He is a created being and angel. Some say when He was raised from the dead it was in spirit only.

Testing what is said against the above points and then testing their belief in who Jesus really is will help us to determine if what someone says is really from God. Often though, time is the ultimate test.

Here are some questions for personal reflection and application:

Has there been a time where you were not sure if what a prophet said was from God or not? What did you do?

What things have you got in place to test false prophets?

God Bess,