Detecting False Prophets


 

1 John 4:1-6

 

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world,” 1 John 4:4.

 

 

Our family has a secret password. It is a word we have shared with our children that will confirm to them that they can trust the adult with whom they might speak in case of an emergency. So, if an emergency arises and we must recruit the help of someone else to pick up the kids from school or from the house, the kids will ask for our family password. If the person does not know the password, it will be obvious to our children that the messenger has not been sent from us but is most likely an imposter.

 

As children of God, we have the same relationship and a similar way of knowing whether a messenger, preacher, teacher or even a friend, represents our Father or is an imposter. If a person behaves in a way that brings glory to Jesus Christ, we can feel confident in that person’s identity as a child of God. We can know the difference between spiritual truth and error, safety and danger, by simply analyzing whether or not the message honors Christ as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. These days there are many messages vying for our attention, and many of them seem to be harmless at first glance. Satan has had plenty of time to configure a counterfeit Christianity that looks like the real thing, but when it comes down to the root of any thought, belief, action, or spoken word, if God’s glory is not the main motivation, there is no truth present, no matter how right it may seem.

 

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Will you test every message to see if it brings glory to God today?

 

 

Mark Clements

 

 

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