A prophet of God draws people to God and not to other gods but to the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. And draws people to the Word not to himself or to some other god and then the things that he says come to pass.
Now, that’s a little tricky because sometimes you have a true prophet who makes mistakes. There are some who have made mistakes. Don’t forget that you are not made a pastor or a prophet or an evangelist because you’re perfect.
You see, some of them can make mistakes that I don’t want you to judge them with.
Sometimes out of enthusiasm or that’s over enthusiasm or the expectations of those who are around them they can do or say things that they’re not supposed to say or do and then some might not even be living right and so things go wrong because they’re not paying attention to the Holy Spirit. But that doesn’t make them false prophets.
See, a true prophet can make mistakes and say the wrong thing as a true evangelist can say a wrong thing. You know, there are problems like that.
There are other distinguishing factors like not walking in love.
Walking in love of Christ is very important.
Then the consistency of the word of God in his mouth because as you have a false prophet you can have a false pastor, you can have a false teacher and then the Bible also talks about false brethren.
So, it’s not only false prophets.
There are false prophets according to the scriptures. There are false teachers according to the scriptures. And there are false brethren according to the scriptures. And you want to know or identify all of these in same way. Sometimes not immediately, see, you may not know immediately. Sometimes it takes a while but you will see certain things consistently, especially, faltering on the Word of God consistently is a major sign. Faltering on the Word of God consistently is a major sign. It’s a major sign.
And then there are other problems that make it very difficult:
You’ve got the use of material mediums.
Incidentally, there are true Christians, true pastors, prophets, evangelists, teachers, and so on, including apostles.
There are true ones that have been misled into the use of material mediums, praying through certain things, they’ve got some cloth to preach through, they’ve got some water, some holy water to pray through, they’ve got all of this stuff.
They are problems because a true prophet shouldn’t use them. But some of them have used them and some are using them. So, it becomes rather difficult to distinguish between them for some people especially when you understand that sometimes some of these ministers have come from a background where they were children and grandchildren of priests and priestesses, juju priests and priestesses. They have carried some of these things over into Christianity and they’re using them.
I’m saying that’s not enough to condemn them because they’re using some things out of their ignorance and someday soon they will learn from those mistakes and stop using them.
That’s why that’s not enough to tell that they are false. Listen to the Word of God. That’s the most important thing to do. Go to the scriptures for yourself and listen to what they’re saying. Compare what you’re hearing to what is in the word, okay? And that will help you because if that minister continues to falter on the Word of God, you got to know something is wrong, something is wrong.