We are warned against false prophets who encourage worship that was not directed to the true God.
Often new ideas from inspiring people look attractive, but we mush judge them by whether or not they are consistent with God’s Word.
When people claim to speak for God today, we should check them in these areas –
- Are they telling the truth?
- Is their focus on God?
- Are their words consistent with what you already know to be true?
- Do they speak the truth while directing you toward God, or do they speak persuasively while directing you toward themselves?
Someone may say the right things but still lead you in the wrong direction. God is not against new ideas, but He is for discernment. When you hear a new, attractive idea, ask these questions before getting too excited.
False prophets are still around today. The wise person will carefully test ideas against the truth of God’s Word.
I think that God permits such impostors to arise to try our faith and to put our religious experience to the test; for we who experimentally knows God cannot be drawn away after idols. We who have no experimental knowledge of God, may believe any thing. Experience of the truths contained in the Word of God can preserve any person from Deism, or a false religion. Without the Word, we are a prey to the pretended prophet, and to the dreamer of dreams.
So is the test to whether we love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul; for should we be drawn aside from the true worship of Him, and serve other gods, then it could be said that we do not really love Him.
Even if the sign and wonders or the foretelling of the future came to pass, understand that this could come about through the Deceiver, who acts like an angel of light, but in the end takes you away from your worship of God. My father became involved with and became quite the foreteller of future events and they all came true. He and my mom thought they were getting closer to God through these psychic phenomenons. One day my mom was reading one of Edgar Casey’s books where he declared that Jesus was not really God. She knew enough from her childhood days in Sunday School that this was wrong, and convinced my dad to also renounce what they were doing. That was the last day my dad ever foretold the future again and they burned all their books on future telling.
I think that it is possible for any one of us to be deceived. We have to be well acquainted with the truths and precepts of the Bible; for we may expect to be proved by temptations of evil under the appearance of good, of error in the guise of truth. Our standard for the truth is the plain, express testimony of God’s Word. It happens to also be the proof of sincere affection for God.