Why do most people follow false prophets and teachers?
They follow false prophets and teachers because:
- They are extremely gullible.
- They continually want to satisfy their own self-centered desires. (Health, wealth and prosperity).
- They have itching ears (They continually want more).
- They are blind followers of blind leaders.
- They manipulate God to do for them what they want and call it faith.
- They shun sound doctrine and refuse to listen to those who sound the alarm.
- Their pride exceeds their gullibility.
- Mamon is their god.
- They are not saved and need to repent.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. (John 10:1-5)
Jesus emphatically stated that those who are truly saved will never follow false prophets for they know His voice (His doctrines and teachings) and will always flee from strangers (those who claim they know his voice and belong to his sheep but, in fact, are not part of His little flock).
They are strangers (“alotrios”) who are but wolves in sheep’s clothing and whose voices are leading multitudes astray. They are thieves and robbers (not only of your money but also your soul) who dare to climb up another way and not by the door into the sheepfold.
The voice, in this sense, is not merely the timbre, tone colour or tone frequency of someone’s voice. It encompasses a person’s entire life mirrored in his or her doctrines and teachings.
How do we distinguish between the false prophets and true prophets of God?
To answer this question we need to look at a few passages in Scripture that describe for us the traits of a false prophet.
The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart:
in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. (Jeremiah 23:20-21)
For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, yet they prophesy a lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you. (Jeremiah 27:15).
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Ti 4:1-4).
- False prophets are not sent by God. They are self-appointed charlatans and hirelings (John 10-:12-13). They preach health, wealth and prosperity but when hardship, persecution and affliction come their way, they abandon their followers.
- God has never spoken to them but they audaciously and arrogantly prophesy in His Name.
- They prophesy lies in His Name
- God allows false prophets to prophesy lies in His Name so that He may justly judge those who follow false prophets and their lies.
- They do not endure sound doctrine because they love it when their itching ears are tickled.
- In stead they turn their ears from the truth unto fables.
Note carefully that the prudent will identify the false apostles, prophets and teachers and their teachings more acutely in the latter days.
The following audio clip is from Pastor Harold Weitsz’s official site. He is the Senior Pastor of the Little Falls Christian Centre.
False prophets use buzz words and phrases which they hypnotically repeat over and over in their sermons.
They use these buzz words and phrases ad nauseam because they know what their congregants want to hear. Some of these buzz words and phrases are:-
- Changed circumstances.
- Unexpected blessings in all the dimensions of your life as a reward for your faithful attendance of their houses (their churches and/or ministries).
- Surprising circumstantial changes in your life.
- The strengthening of your faith to the degree that you will see many great miracles (which, of course, the false prophets allegedly perform and are going to perform).
- The rising up to a new dimension or level’.
- A hunger throughout the world for the presence, glory and knowledge of the Lord.
- Special visitations of the Lord to the church.
- A double portion of God’s presence.
- Divine gifts which you ask and desire.
- The working out of things for you which you never expected.
- The granting of new strength, new courage and new boldness.
- The acceleration of the signs of the times.
- The protection of the flock in these perilous and dangerous times. The storm (holocaust) shall not come to you again.
- The preservation of God’s holy people in the Holy Land (Israel). There shall be peace, prosperity and protection in the Holy Land.
- Angelic forces are sent out to bring about God’s perfect will for the nations.
- The church will be protected and will prosper under God’s divine protection.
- God will not allow his Bride to suffer any longer.
- God will fill the church with glory, with faith, with holiness, with purity and cover her with his glory and she shall prosper.
Are these things true or just another set of lies yet another false prophet – who purportedly speaks in the Name and on behalf of the Lord – boldly pronounces to bind his congregants even firmer to his false church? Do his prophecies sound like the voice of the Good Shepherd?
The only way to come to a correct conclusion is to study and examine His teaching on blessing, courage, spiritual strength, miracles, His presence, His protection and suffering in the light of what the Good Shepherd taught. If Harold Weitsz’s prophecy does not concur with Jesus Christ’s voice (doctrines and teachings on these matters), we have no alternative but to brand him a false prophet.
Never once in his entire mission and ministry on earth did Jesus promise to bless his Bride with mundane blessings such as health, wealth and prosperity, to the extent that her circumstances shall change for the better, her suffering shall cease, that she shall rise to new levels of prosperity and shall experience many and great miracles. Never once!
On the contrary, Jesus has no need to bless his Bride here on earth because He has already blessed her with all spiritual blessings in heaven in Himself (Ephesians 1:3). Note carefully that these blessings are heavenly blessings (not earthly blessings) and will only come to fruition when his Bride is with Him in heaven. The problem with false prophets and their followers is that they cannot wait for these blessings and want them now. They must have it all NOW as the ignominious false prophet and teacher, Benny Hinn once said.
And indeed, they receive all these things NOW because the one who grants them all their wishes is not Jesus Christ of the Bible but another Jesus who loves to present himself as an angel of light.
Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (2 Corinthians 11:1-4).
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
In stead Jesus promised his Bride – and not the whore of the health, wealth and prosperity cult – that she would be afflicted, persecuted, hated, and slain. James, the brother of Jesus wrote that we should “Take the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord [and not the false prophets who proclaim lies and deceit in the Name of the Lord], for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. (James 5:10). Anyone who takes the prosperity false prophets and cultists for an example, must expect to fall in the same ditch as they.
But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Matthew 15:13-14)
In fact, the prophet John warns those who follow and take the prosperity cultists for an example very severely.
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. (Revelation 2:20-23).
When Jesus Christ saved and called Paul of Tarsus into his ministry, He did not promise him a life devoid of suffering, affliction and persecution. Neither did He promise him a life of prosperity, breakthroughs, a change of circumstances, unexpected blessings in all the dimensions of his life, surprising circumstantial changes in his life, the rising up to a new dimension or level, a double portion of God’s presence, etc. etc. etc. This is what He promised him.
Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake. (Acts 9:13-16).
By the way, who needs a so-called double portion of Jesus’ presence when He has already promised his little flock that He would never leave or forsake them?
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]. (Hebrews 13:5: AMP)
Have you noticed the thrice repeated “I [will] not?” God the Father will not abandon you and neither will the Son nor the Holy Spirit (the Triune God). You don’t need a so-called double portion of God’s presence because you already have a triple portion of God’s presence if you are truly saved. False prophets who prophesy lies in His Name are merely making a show in the flesh. In other words, they are bragging.
Those who want to make a good impression and a fine show in the flesh would try to compel you to receive circumcision, simply so that they may escape being persecuted for allegiance to the cross of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). (Galatians 6:12).
The present-day false prophet may not force you to be circumcised lest you should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. They are doing it in another way which may be described as follows:
Those who want to make a good impression and a fine show in the flesh would try to compel you to be prosperous, blessed in every dimension of your life and walk in divine health, simply so that they may escape being persecuted for allegiance to the cross of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
The cherry on a false prophets’ cake is that God will not allow his Bride to suffer any longer. Really?
The fact is that the true Bride of Christ knows and understands that she cannot escape suffering in behalf of Jesus Christ.
After the disciples had been beaten and sternly warned not to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they rejoiced because they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. (Acts 5:41).
No saith the false prophet Harold Weitsz and his cohorts. The disciples of Jesus Christ lied when they said this. Rather listen to the Very Irreverent Pastor Harold Weitsz who says:
Paul counted it a joy to share in Christ’s sufferings and to become like Him in his death (Philippians 3:10). Those who teach you otherwise are enemies of the cross of Jesus Christ whose belly (carnal appetites such as health, wealth and prosperity) is their god because they set their minds on earthly things. Their end is destruction (Philippians 3:18-19).
No saith the false prophet Harold Weitsz and his cohorts. Paul was an infamous liar. Rather listen to the Very Irreverent Pastor Harold Weitsz who says:
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. (John 15:18-21).
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12).
No saith the false prophet Harold Weitsz and his cohorts. Jesus Christ, the Son of Living God, lied when He said this. Rather listen to the Very Irreverent Pastor Harold Weitsz who says:
The letter to the Hebrews says:
“Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (Hebrews 11:36-38).
No saith the false prophet Harold Weitsz and his cohorts. The letter to the Hebrews, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is a lie. Rather listen to the Very Irreverent Pastor Harold Weitsz who says:
TELL THAT TO THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS WHO ARE PRESENTLY SUFFERING, BEING PERSECUTED AND BEHEADED FOR THEIR FAITH, MR. FALSE PROPHET. YOU ARE NOT A PROPHET OR EVEN A MAN OF GOD. YOU ARE A SHAMEFUL LIAR WHO NEEDS TO REPENT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE FOR YOU AND YOUR FOLLOWERS.
What does the Bible say of those who do not speak according His word?
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:20).
In other words, they are not saved and on their way to hell unless they repent.