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How to Recognise a False Prophet

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HOW TO RECOGNISE A FALSE PROPHET

READING: 2 Peter 2

INTRODUCTION:

Stories - Joseph Smith, Phineas Quimby, Essek Kenyon

Question: Why didn't people say something?
Answer: They didn't recognise.

HOW TO RECOGNISE A FALSE PROPHET

  • Emerge from Within (v1)

They do not start a cult straight away.

 

  • Sneak in New Doctrine (v1)

Cloaked in Biblical language.
Not through proper channels.

 

  • Deny Person of Christ (v1)

1 John 4:1-3
Jesus Christ is as much God as Father! As much human as we are!

 

  • Bring Church into Disrepute (v2)

Financial scams / failed prophecies / sex scandals

 

  • Exploit the Believers (v3)

Inordinate interest in money / high life / empires

 

  • Despise Authority (v10)

Why? To move followers under their authority.

 

  • Inflate Human Spirituality (v10)

A hallmark of false prophets is the claim to godhood.

 

CONCLUSION

Do not follow false prophets (v17-19)




Chris Gedge

2 Peter Series (chapter 2)