What Is A False Prophet?

How can we spot a false prophet? And, how can we protect ourselves from being deceived by one of them? Watch the video (click HERE) to see what the Scriptures say concerning false prophets.


Jesus Exposing The Whitewashed Tombs

27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you too, outwardly appear righteous to people, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Matthew 23:27-28 NASB

The word for “woe” in Greek is to express grief and the way it is used in verse 27, the grief is what the scribes and Pharisees will feel after their death in hell because of their hypocrisy. The reason the religious leaders were condemned by the Lord is because they were sending people to hell even though they knew the Scriptures.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. -Matthew 23:15

The scribes and Pharisees deceived people with intent for gain. They loved money and fame more than God.

And they love the place of honor at banquets, and the seats of honor in the synagogues, 7 and personal greetings in the marketplaces, and being called Rabbi by the people. -Matthew 23:6

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. -Matthew 23:25

The scribes and Pharisees are what you would call today false Christian leaders. Jesus described them as a whitewashed which one plasters the tomb with to make it white and clean. A false Christian comes the same way. They will look like a genuine believer in the outside, talking like a Christian, but inside the person is spiritually dead. Jesus being the Son of God, saw through their facade and knew that they were as false as one can get. They were living double lives.

Another way that a false teacher can be exposed is to examine their lifestyle. A false believer will be filled with greed and pride, putting himself above others. In verse 28, it describes them as lawless. The word “lawlessness” means one who lives without God’s law in their heart. They will give you the impression that they live according to God’s Word but privately, when no other Christian is watching, they live for the world and its pleasures.

A false prophet or teacher can only hide for so long. It will be a matter of time before God exposes them by taking off their Christian mask for the benefit and safety of the saints. God can use anything to uncover what is hidden and in our time, the Lord used politics. With politics, you will see if a professing Christian will walk the talk by aligning himself or herself with those who are pro-life and are against the homosexual agenda. Folks, a Christian has to be one 24-7 in all area of life not just in the church. A false one will oppose you when you stand up for good and righteousness. I’m telling you, there are so many wolves hiding in Christian garments.

Friend, we are living in a time where it will be very difficult to know who really is from the Lord. Many look so much like a Christian that it is almost impossible to tell the difference. Be very careful who you let into your life for spiritual growth. You might be letting in a wolf that will destroy your faith. Jesus warned us that before the rapture of the church, there will be many false prophets to deceive as many people as possible. Your only safety net is the Scriptures and prayer. Stick close to Jesus and you won’t be fooled.

Ravi Zacharias: The Holy man Who Never Was

The sins of some people are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after.

1 Timothy 5:24 NASB

The context is referring to believers who are the elders and leaders of their church community who are responsible for how they live before God and people. When a Christian leader slips into sin and for whatever reason continues in that lifestyle, God will bring swift judgment which can result in death.

Others, after their departure (death), their sins will surface. This brings me to a man well known to Christians and many intellectuals named Ravi Zacharias. This man deceived countless of Christians as being a godly man even though he lived a double life. Ravi raped, sexually assaulted and manipulated many women for his depraved mind. There is a 12-page report about Ravi Zacharias’ sexual misconduct living a double life here: Report of Independent Investigation into Sexual Misconduct of Ravi Zacharias

I at one time looked up to the man as he said that he wouldn’t even turn on the TV in the hotel to avoid looking at pornography, not knowing that it was all a lie.

Was Ravi Zacharias a Christian? By the standard of the Scriptures, no. Why? Because the Scripture promises that you will be worked on by the Holy Spirit to be more like Christ, not more like the world.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work among you will complete it by the day of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1:6

In the Book of 1 John, it describes what a true Christian looks like from a false one.

No one who remains in Him sins continually; no one who sins continually has seen Him or knows Him. -1 John 3:6

The Scripture makes it crystal clear that a true believer in Jesus will not live a life as he did before he knew Christ. There will be clear evidence of a changed man by way of his behavior, his way of thinking and his new goals. He will look more and more like Jesus as time passes by.

Every Christian sins, there is no argument against that, but a Christian will never stay at a place that God disapproves of. For example: If a believer suffers from drugs, you will see a battle take place where he will try to stay away from it but at times he will fall. Eventually, God will make him victorious where he won’t be its victim anymore. There is a process of overcoming sin. Some sins, God takes it away immediately and others, it takes time to defeat.

7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. -1 John 3:7-8

Don’t let anyone deceive you. Examine those who you see on television, computer, or in your church. See what type of life they live and what type of gospel they preach. Ask yourself, do they live in a sinful lifestyle and do they preach what Scripture says? In verses 7 & 8, it tells you that someone’s lifestyle will suggest if they have been converted or not.

No one who has been born of God practices sin, because His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin continually, because he has been born of God. -1 John 3:9

In verse 9, it makes it apparently clear that a person with the Holy Spirit (seed) cannot live in sin without any remorse and change. The reason why some people who call themselves Christians continue to live in sin is because they have not been changed from within. They mirror the world and its value instead of Christ and His Word. This type of evidence shows you who belongs to Jesus and who belongs to the devil.

To what we know, it seems that Ravi Zacharias died never confessing his sins or changing his behavior. He had 200 pictures of women who were not his wife and some of them were without clothes. He had physical encounters with more than one woman. He preached and defended the gospel then he would go and live like the devil. Friend, when you finish preaching the gospel, you continue to live the gospel. That is what makes you a Christian.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “but I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

Paul made sure that after he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people that he wouldn’t afterwards live a life of sin, but fought his sinful nature of the flesh not to fall into its traps. That is a picture of a true genuine Christian. We have to fight the flesh, the devil and the world with its devices that can cause Christians to fall.

Our goal is to be more and more like Jesus and less and less like us. John the Baptist put it best…“He must increase, but I must decrease.” -John 3:30