Among The People by Kirk Hunt
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.
2 Peter 2:1-2 NKJV
Apostle Peter warned the early Church. False prophets and false teachers would inflict harm and destruction from within the Church. Peter’s words were true then. Peter’s words are true now. False teachers and false prophets are now among the people of God, wounding the modern Church.
False teachers and false prophets can be detected. Is someone preaching or teaching something in conflict with the Bible? Is there more confusion or strife within the Christian community after they preach or teach? Do they live a life of immorality or licentiousness? Any single “yes” should trigger a careful and open evaluation of their lives and ministries.
A true teacher or true prophet is eager to prove their ministry through Scripture. Godly men and women will always submit themselves to Church authority. Godly men and women live their lives trying to become better disciples and followers of Jesus Christ.
True teachers and true prophets may be imperfect, but they seek God in all sincerity and truth. Whoever is among you, test them with Scripture and Godly examination. The authentic do not mind.
Think: False teaching and preaching cannot hold up in the light of the Bible.
Pray: “Lord, help me to test all prophecy and teaching with Your Word.”
Copyright © February 2021, Kirk Hunt
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