Prophets Today? Think Again!
by Garreth L. Clair
“Copeland’s Prophecy Fails” by Bill Dillon
False prophets are in abundance in today’s world and occasionally these religious pretenders over play their hand and say too much. Kenneth Copeland did on December 12, 2001. At a dedication service Copeland asserted that one billion Muslims would be converted in the next few months. His exact words were, “And there are going to be multiplied millions upon millions; there’s going to be close to a billion people that have been trapped in that religion, that in the next few months are gonna come into the kingdom of God (cheering). That is gonna happen; you watch and see what I’m telling you…”
(Christian News 5/24/04; p.2)
(Gospel Gleaner, Volume 20, No. 3-4, p. 7, Column 1 – July-Dec. 2005)
WHERE WERE ALL THE PROPHETS BEFORE THE TSUNAMI?
Did Oral Roberts, Benny Hinn. Or T.D. Jakes warn us? Where were Paul and Jan Crouch’s Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)? Broadcast 24 hours a day, to almost the entire world, and yet we heard not a word of warning.
Don’t you think that our religious world should question its “prophets”? We often hear televangelists say that God spoke to them, especially when they need money, and told them to do this or that. But for some reason, none of these prophets said a word regarding the approaching tsunami. I ask why?
Isn’t this an obvious indication that there are no modern-day prophets? Doesn’t this prove Paul’s 1 Corinthians 13:8 revelation – “prophecies will fail”?
(Jim Lee, Knollwood Messenger, Vol. 8, Issue 3, March 2005, p. 2)
It is amazing that day after day, week after week, year after year, people read, hear, and see these people who claim to receive special information from God, who claim that God has picked them out of 3 billion people to reveal unknowing and unverifiable facts about things only God knows. Why are so many people so easily deceived when it comes to unknowing things? Perhaps people are seeking help, real help for their lot in this world. It seems such a shame for these false prophets who, in God’s name give out unbiblical ideas (i.e. teach things not contained in the Bible), leading millions away from God and not toward God.
God has seen fit to reveal His attitude toward those who would prophecy false things, those who claim to have powers that are impossible to have in this age. Please hear God’s Written Word on these things:
Matthew 7:15-20, “Beware of false prophets , who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them."
Matthew 24:11-13, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
2 Peter 2:1-3, “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. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.
1 John 4:1,“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (NKJV).