A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for June 24, 2020
|The Lying False Prophet|
Text: "If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken."Deuteronomy 18:22
This text is by no means the only text about false prophets, but it certainly is the most well-known. Early on, Christians often become aware of this reality: What does not take place or does not come true quickly points out the falseness of the message.
First, being God, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. He cannot be associated with lies, errors or untruths. No prophecy that is associated in any way with the Holy Spirit of Truth can ever be identified as a lie from the Lord.
Secondly, though there are many these days who defend fallible prophecy as God's prophecy still, they are not good students of the Word of God. They have forgotten that under the New Covenant, as described in the book of Hebrews, the New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant. In the Old Covenant, false prophets went down in a hail of stones!
Are prophecies that are patently false to be accepted now in this better era of the New Testament? Unfortunately, they are being accepted in some quarters (" it takes time for young prophets to learn, doesn't it?"). That sentiment is more than regrettable--it is an abomination. Indeed, it is a heresy that panders to the flesh and wills to accept prophecies just because they are being uttered, regardless of their content.
"Do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good." First Thessalonians 5:23