Many years ago, one of my friends was so excited about this preacher and he wanted me to meet him. When I met him for the first time my spirit was grieved. That may sound strange but that is the only words that describes the feeling. I was a little confused because up to that point I had only heard good things about this preacher.
I was a little harsh on myself because I thought I was being too critical. I felt as though I was wrongly judging this guy. It became apparent later this was none other than the Holy Spirit giving me discernment and warning me about this man. The fellow nearly destroyed my friend’s church. He is one of the few people I would dare label as a false prophet.
Many years after this incident, the church I was pastoring had a guest minister preaching for a few scheduled services. This “false prophet” came to hear the guest speaker. Even though I had only met this guy one time and five years had transpired from our initial meeting, he stood out like an orange light bulb. My hackles stood up on my neck.
I remember greeting him and his wife as I did everyone who entered our doors. I could tell he did not remember me. However, somehow I knew, he was aware that my radar was locked onto him. I watched him like a hawk and was prepared to do anything necessary to protect our flock. He came for two services and never came back.
In the process of all this, I asked God for some understanding about false prophets. One of the striking things that I learned was that most, if not all false prophets, do not think of themselves as false prophets. Who is better to deceive than the one who is deceived? Do we really think they wake up one morning and say, “I think I will become a false prophet today!”? I suppose if the “blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:14 NKJV).
Not everyone is a false prophet, and I am very cautious about labeling people as such. God is the ultimate judge not me. However, the Good Shepherd wants his under-shepherds to protect His sheep from the wolves.
Beware, those of us who lead! Whether we lead a church, ministry, company, family, tribe, community, or governmental agency—are we deceptively leading to destruction? There are serious consequences to our leadership. We are leading others to a destination, is it to life or destruction?
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea” (Mark 9:42 NKJV).
Just my opinion, but I think all false prophets are poor swimmers!
Yours on the Journey,
Harry L. Whitt