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I write this article with a certain amount of frustration, as our desire is to simply teach the truth, and for our members to discern the lies from that. But in the light of recent happenings I cannot keep quiet. Our desire is also not to criticise, but we are left with no choice, as the Word of God instructs us to do so.

 

 

 

Last month, South Africa stood in shock over a Pastor/False Prophet who sprayed his people with Doom, supposedly to heal them after he blessed the doom. The horror came from those from a more enlightened back ground who knew the dangers of this poison. But should we be horrified when so many intelligent, people from all walks of life including pastors are deceived by so many different false prophets, simply on another level?


 

 

 

Just this last week there were new revelations of Prophet Phumzile Topi from Mthata who allegedly gave his congregants a liquid substance to drink which caused them to vomit and collapse and then another Prophet Rufus Phala from Makgodu in Limpopo who made his church members drink Dettol antiseptic liquid to receive their healing.


This however is the tip of the ice berg. There were other cases recently in the news where a pastor from Pietermaritzburg supposedly pours boiling water over his congregants and they are not burnt. He sends a lady to the back with a kettle and she is then requested to boil the water which he pours over the people. The deceit in this act is evident. He and the lady are in on it, that water is not boiled. Then there is a pastor who gets his people to take both ends of a live wire plugged into the electrical socket on the wall, and guess what? They are not shocked, all due to the power of the pastor. Who can forget Pastor Lesego Daniel’s followers eating grass and drinking petrol.

Then there is the biting of live snakes and rats, people eating their own hair etc. This all would supposedly help them heal or eradicate their woes, the pastors claimed. Sadly, their new woe is the money from their pockets into his. All these cases can be googled, and photos appear on their Facebook pages.

What do we make of this? Are those involved in these "bizarre activities" really pastors, are they prophets from God?

Let me address it from two angles. Firstly, from a practical angle and secondly from a theological angle.

From a practical angle, there is something that stands out like a pole above water. These guys are deceiving their people and trying to outdo one another. Money, power, and popularity are clearly the motive. But who can blame them, when we see this kind of behavior modelled by the prophets that they sit and watch on TV, especially TBN and God TV. Men like TB Joshua, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Todd Bentley and so we can go on. They are the role models of greatness for these pastors and have clearly been deceptive and caught out time and again of lying, of false prophecies as well as other activities that are really orchestrated for effect.

For example:

Do we really believe Benny Hinn when He declares that Jesus Christ was going to make a special appearance on stage during one of his crusades? Watch the video and you will see how the gullible buy into his deceptions and auto suggestion. From the word go, he directs the behavior and experience of his participants and onlookers through careful manipulation. In 1999 Benny Hinn made 6 prophecies for the year 2000 one of them was that in the next election America would have a female president. Not one of his prophecies came true. He claims healings that have been proven false. And yet the gullible believe and follow. Is this any worse than people from backward communities simply trying to do the same on a different level?

Todd Bentley for example has been caught out in his lies of supposed dead people he has raised. He makes the following claims that are all lies and deceptive.

  1. He claims that God told him to kick an old lady kneeling at the stage in her face with his biker boot in the same way a football player would kick a ball, and she received her healing instantly at that moment. Sadly, these phenomenal events they never catch on video.
  2. God told him to leg-drop a pastor on stage.
  3. God told him to slam the legs of a cripple person into the stage so that the person can be healed.
  4. God told him to hit people with colon cancer in the stomach with his fist, and they received their healing.
  5. God raptured Todd Bentley into heaven where he was operated on by angels who put boxes into his bowels. When he enquired from God what the purposes of the boxes are, God told him that he is sick and tired of people like Moses and Abraham and all others and that he is now implanting into Todd Bentley all the knowledge he will ever need.
  6. He tells stories of a man who came into his service with no legs but he had a pair of shoes in his hands in faith, and he walked out on two legs. Amazingly once again no video of the highly-recorded events available.
  7. On another occasion, God causes a man’s glass eye to see. Again, no video or medical data.
  8. Here is one where he lies through his teeth while on his feet. His most recent one was where a lady in her late 70’s arrived at church after the event at 11pm. She was to go in for a hip replacement. He told her that he would pray for her even though the service (show) was over as she reminded him of his nanna (granny). God’s solution for her was that he would slap her in the face. According to Bentley, he hit her so hard that she flew backwards, broke a locked door into the kitchen out of it’s hinges, she flew backwards into the kitchen and fell on her back between some ladies making potluck lunch as they usually do after the meeting (after 11pm), and guess what? She was healed.You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that he is making this up on the go.Watch the Video below which gives you many of these instances. Watch the first 13 minutes only. The rest is irrelevant.

 

One of the prophets that is entertaining the crowds nowadays is Shawn Bolz who supposedly receives messages at meetings from God the day before and then calls people out at events and tells them stuff about them that only they can know. Very much like the ‘crossing over’ programmes on TV. He is so spot on and everybody talks about Shawn Bolz, not Christ. His total behaviour puts all focus on him and the Glory of God in my view is eclipsed. The amazing thing is that all this info on these people is available on their Facebook profiles. All you needed to know the day before is that they will be in the service, and you can go to town. Watch the following clip on Polka Duck, and you can find all this info recorded on their FB page before Shawn Bolz prophesied about them. Watch also during his shows how he goes back to his I-pad now and then to see what to say next.

I can go on for hours about him. One further example that needs to suffice is his claim that an angel who is the Minister of Finances from heaven appeared unto him, and gave him (Shaun Bolz) the keys over all the various financial treasures on earth. All he had to do was to now unlock blessings. In the videos below he even claims to be transported back in time to the building of the temple of Solomon. He was also transported to heaven and appeared in a court room where aborted babies were pleading their case and calling for justice. Great stories, and his followers, intelligent people believe him. He is a good friend of Todd Bentley.

Joshua Mills is another false prophet who claims that people lose weight while he leads worship. One lady according to him even lost 120 pounds during worship, to the point of her body stinking from the fat that leaked out, and they had to wrap her dress around her double. Again, we stand amazed that these well recorded services of him, simply fails to capture the supernatural. He claims that a lady who lost her sun glasses while fishing suddenly caught a fish with sun glasses on, but it was not hers, this had writing on indicating it was made in heaven. He has taken the gold dust falling out of heaven to new levels and claims that diamonds, emeralds and other gems falls amongst the audience during the time of worship. Go and watch him on You Tube.

TB Joshua got it all wrong in a prophecy he made in front of 10 000 followers by proclaiming that Hillary Clinton was to win the election in the USA. Now he backpedals and pretends he meant that she will win the popular vote, and that he never said she will become president, but if you listen carefully to his prophecy, he is clear on what he meant. He is a liar. Why God would tell TB Joshua who will win in America nobody knows. This simply draws the attention to self. According to him, people don’t understand the prophecy because they are not on the same level as he is.

And so we can go on and on and expose all this deception. Do yourself a favour and watch their clips on You Tube and judge for yourself. Don’t take my word. But please don’t be deceived by the mere fact that they sound spiritual, that people are coming to Christ despite them, and that they do things in the name of Jesus.

All the above can be replicated by anybody, whether spiritual or not. And all the great fabricated stories can be told by anybody. Anybody can also enter the pulpit and tell you how they were raptured to heaven. That then becomes a basis of authority as you as listener are supposedly not able to disagree, because how would you know. Then such speaker can concoct whatever they want to and you must simply take their word for it. It is like a local South African lady who wrote a book and tells how she met with arch angel Michael and Gabriel in the streets of Johannesburg. And then she met with Jesus in the flesh and He asked if he can kiss her. She further claims to have been to heaven and saw that things there are very much like things down here. There are offices, and even a post office where angels sort the prayers of the saints before delivering them to God. The deception is rife. It simply comes in different guises.

Theologically speaking.

So, how do we discern whether these prophets are from God or not?

False prophets are real, and they will always speak in the name of Jesus. This does not fit in the category of Philippians where Paul had enemies or opposition that were at least proclaiming the name of Christ.

Jesus warns us that false prophets will arise and part of their aim is to deceive the elect. Matthew 24:23-27 (ESV) 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”

Jude 17-18 (ESV) “17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”

The best antidote against their teaching is to know the truth, to handle the word of God correctly, to be established in the truth and to grow in maturity. The best way to spot the counterfeit is by knowing the real thing.

But are there ways to recognise them?

In the Old Testament we are taught in Deuteronomy 18:19-20 (ESV) 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.” Now how do we know who that prophet is? Deuteronomy 18:21-23 (ESV) 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.” But turning to the New Testament Christ tells us how to spot them. He tells us in Matthew 7:15-16 (ESV) 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” These prophets according to verse 12 & 13 will point you to the way, but true to their nature they will point you to the false way which is the broad way.

 

Firstly, they will proclaim an inaccurate message of Christ and who He is. These prophets elevate themselves to the level of Christ. No wonder John said in 1 John 2:22 (ESV) “22 "Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.” When I listen to some of the claims of Kenneth Copeland, you wonder who Christ is. Listen to some of his claims: "You're all God. You don't have a God living in you; you are one! ... When I read in the Bible where God tells Moses, 'I AM,' I say, 'Yah, I am too!'" He continuous to say that “if Christ did not die for the sins of the world, I could have, because like Jesus is first born, I am also born again.” According to Copeland you can even create things like God created the universe. "Well, He created all those planets, how come you can't create something? You don't know as much about it as He does. He has a greater working knowledge of that faith than you do. But we're learning. Our time is coming. And in some ways its already here." - Cornerstone Church with John Hagee, San Antonio, Texas, August 18, 1999. This is plain blasphemy. I seriously have no desire to listen to a preacher who believes that God simply has a greater working knowledge of faith than we do.

 

Joel Osteen for example believes that Jesus is the only way to the Father, but that there are many ways to Jesus. This is a contradiction in terms as Jesus is God. Wow, and people follow him in their millions.

1 John 2:22 (ESV) 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.” If your Jesus is not the Jesus of the Bible, you have the wrong Jesus.


Secondly, they will preach another gospel. The health wealth and prosperity gospel by which people are attracted to Christ, is another Gospel. Paul warns us in Galatians 1:6-7 (ESV) 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.” The Gospel is the good news of Christ, His life, His death, His burial, His resurrection. What does Paul say we ought to do with preachers who do not preach the actual gospel. Galatians 1:9 (ESV) 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”

Thirdly, they exhibit some of the marks of a false prophet. Jude 11 (ESV) 11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.” In other words, a false teacher can be known by his pride (Cain’s rejection of God’s plan), greed (Balaam’s prophesying for money), and rebellion (Korah’s promotion of himself over Moses).

Why does God allow this? I believe that the Word of God is utterly clear on the issue. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (ESV) 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” This simply means that God will give these people the kind of preacher they desire, and God will give the preacher the kind of followers he deserves.

It is often difficult to spot a false teacher/false prophet. Satan masquerades as an angel of, and his ministers masquerade as servants of righteousness.

God has the final word on the matter. They may spray Doom, but God will declare the final doom.

Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV) 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’