True prophets warn, false prophets speak peace…how to recognize a false prophet

“How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10)   

When looking into the Word of God, it is the true servants of God, and the prophets of God, who reveal sin and transgression.

As seen in Scripture, the pastors and prophets who only declared peace and prosperity, never making any righteous judgment calls or warning against transgression and evil, were not working for God.  It has always been the false prophets who are popular with the world, or with worldly Christians (if there were such a thing), partly because they sweep evil under the rug and cover over transgression; they preach a watered down message of tolerance and call it God’s love. Lamentations 2:14; Micah 3:8; Isaiah 58:1; Ezekiel 23:36; Jeremiah 1:10; Ezekiel 22:2; John 7:7; Acts 17:20,31; Isaiah 42:24,25; 1 Cor. 11:31-32 all prove these points. Romans 6:1 says, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?”. Lamentations 2:14 says, “Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles that are false and misleading”.  Isaiah 58:1 says, “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins”.  Micah 3:8 says, “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin“.  True servants of God have always declared transgression and preached repentance; they have made strong declarations.  False prophets have always soothed and glossed over the seriousness of sin.  If we want to be a true servant of God, then we must preach repentance from sin.   If we want to be a false prophet, soothing the people while leaving out holiness would be the approach to take.  Remember, false prophets seem like sheep.  True servants of God confront and warn concerning transgression and sin.

If true servants of God have always warned against transgression and evil, and opposed it in their own lives and around them, why is it that true servants of God are being persecuted by so many proclaimed Christians, churches and pastors these days?  Is silence golden?  Since when is exposing or confronting evil, evil?

“A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land:  The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?” Jeremiah 5.
“They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace” Jeremiah 8:11. 
“I appointed watchmen over you and said, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But you said, ‘We will not listen'” Jeremiah 6:17.
“The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The oracles they gave you were false and misleading” Lamentations 2:14.
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me” Ezekiel 3:17.
 “Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable practices” Ezekiel 16:2.  
“Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me”  Jonah 1:2.
“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin” Micah 3:8.
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” Matthew 5:11,12.
“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent” Acts 17:30.
“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets” Luke 6:26.
“For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels” Luke 9:26.
“The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil” John 7:7.
“But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world” 1 Cor. 3:11.
“For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?” 1 Corinthians 5:12.
“Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light” Ephesians 5:11-13.
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” John 7:24.
“The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one” 1 Corinthians 2:15.
“For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17.
“Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you” Titus 2:15.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” Matthew 7:15.
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” 2 Timothy 4:2.
“As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear” 1 Timothy 5:20.
“Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem” Luke 24.
“How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?” Hebrews 10.   
“And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garmentg stained by the flesh” Jude 1:22,23.
Rejoice and be glad!  
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