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  • Allen Domelle

But There Were False Prophets

2 Peter 2:1

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2 Peter 1:21 says, For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. This is the verse that precedes, But there are false prophets…” In other words, every time God’s Word is given, you will always find that false prophets quickly move in. Let me illustrate. You likely noticed that when you go soul winning and lead someone to Christ, the false prophets are quick to move in to pull that new convert away from doing right. It is amazing that these false prophets did not care about that person until they got saved. Where were these false prophets before that person got saved? If they cared so much for that person’s soul, you would think they would have been out trying to bring that person to them before they got saved.

Satan’s pattern is to always send false prophets to those after God’s Word has been given; he not only sends false prophets, but he sends them privily into your midst. In other words, they look just like you, but they don't believe like you. They dress and talk like you, but they don't believe like you, or else they would not try to change the beliefs of others privily. Every believer must be careful about the false prophets that would try to change their beliefs. Let me share several things I do to avoid these false prophets.

First, I realize that I am capable of changing. Anyone who believes they will never change is filled with pride, and destruction by false doctrine is your destination. Pride will make you think you can handle reading or listening to false doctrine without it changing you, but it always changes you. Many good people have changed by this mindset, and you are no different. Keep your guard up by remembering that you are capable of changing into false doctrine.

Second, I don't revisit what I settled years ago. Many years ago I settled what I believe; therefore, I need not revisit to see if I am right. I prayerfully settled my beliefs many years ago, and to revisit what I believe puts question in my mind as to what I believe, which is exactly how Satan lures us in with false prophets. Settle what you believe from God’s Word, and once you have settled it, never revisit that decision again.

Third, I don't read or listen to people who don't believe the King James Bible is the inspired and preserved Word of God. God gave His inspired and preserved Word to His people, and the next thing you see are false prophets privily moving into the church congregation to sway their thinking. Never let the dumb people who cannot figure out what Bible is the inspired and preserved Word of God have any part of your life, and you will protect yourself from false doctrine.

Fourth, I realize that just because someone sounds good or dresses like me does not mean they believe like me. False prophets often don't come in looking like false prophets; they come in looking like you. Then, they go behind the Pastor’s back and privily begin to sway people into false doctrine. Beware of people who want to have Bible studies without the Pastor’s permission; they are likely about to change your thinking on doctrine. If what a person is doing is right, they won’t be afraid to get your Pastor’s permission to teach you God’s Word.


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