Why shouldn't you associate with a False Prophet or a False Teacher?

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The Bible has compelling reasons you should NOT associate with such a person.



(1) God orders you to get them away from you! Deuteronomy 18: 20-22

"But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death." You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?" 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. The prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him. (Deut 18:20-22) NIV
 
  • The use of the word "or" means that the first part (" who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say") is all that is necessary for the person to be known as a False Prophet.
  • The Hebrew translated as "presumptuously" comes from the "pride" notion, which is a grevious sin.
  • "Do not be afraid of him" means "Take him away and do what I say." in this context.
  • (The Bible does not require death sentences to be carried out any more).


(2) False Prophets can lead you directly away from God! Deuteronomy 13:1-5

1: If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2: And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3: Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4: Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
5: And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.



If someone who is a False Prophet  (but who still got at least one prophecy correct) happened to be leading you toward a "different, supposedly better" kind of Christianity:
  • This could mean idolatry (as is presented in the Deuteronomy 13) because....
    • A False Prophet is NOT A MAN OF GOD (proof on next page), and is therefore NOT ABLE to lead you in a new spiritual direction that follows the geniune God.
  • A False Prophet might be extremely convincing, however! (Mark 13:22).
  • The Bible requires you to put False Prophets who do this away from you  - - ALL THE WAY AWAY - - IE: So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. (the Bible does not require death sentences to be carried out any more).



(3) King Jehoshaphat's advice in 2 Cronicles 20:20 is to believe His prophets....

20: "Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper."

This does not say to believe False Prophets, it says to believe Real ones! Good advice.




(4) False Prophets are associated with spirits which are not of God! 1 John 4:1

1: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.



(5) False Teachers bring about damnable heresies, and the word damnable means destructive! 2 Peter 2:1

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.





Choosing to stick with a False Teacher means that you, or parts of your life, could be destroyed by your cooperation with his heresies. The end result may be that you end up in Hell.



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