Jesus or Barabbas? True prophets or false prophets?

If you let yourself
Get whooped up
By a false prophet,
You’ll soon be duped up.

False prophets aren’t rare. Jesus said that there are many of them. If a “prophet” tells you what you want to hear, he’s probably a false prophet.

It’s easy to get caught up with a false prophet if you don’t humbly check what he does and says, by the Holy Spirit and the Bible. Assuming that something is true because you like how it sounds is a common way to be mislead.

Crowds follow false prophets much more than true ones. The people wanted Barabbas, not Jesus. People enthusiastically praise false prophets when they should appraise them and check for where they twist the Bible.

False prophets focus on titles and religion. True prophets focus on the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.

A false prophet assures you that you’re aligned with God. A true prophet helps you overcome the things that have you unaligned.

False prophets are like counterfeit money. It’s easy to get excited about them unless we notice the discrepancies in them.

False prophets are popular. True prophets are persecuted.

False prophets hide many things from people. True prophets let people see who they really are.

False prophets like to vent. True prophets call people to repent.

False prophets want fame and applause. True prophets realize that popularity is deceptive.

Pride is a sign of a false prophet. True prophets are humble.

False prophets love to be praised. True prophets know that being praised by people frequently distorts the truth.

False prophets want power over people. True prophets want people to follow the living God instead of them.

False prophets are looking for rewards. True prophets look for truth.

False prophets twist the Bible. True prophets let the Bible twist them.

If you’re tired of being duped and/or seeing people duped by false prophets, take up the “sword of the Spirit” and read the Bible with an open heart, like your life depends on it. It does.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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3 Responses to Jesus or Barabbas? True prophets or false prophets?

  1. Grammatteus says:

    I concur, with the addition that true prophets are persecuted by the religious leaders, not the outsiders.

    • Steve Simms says:

      That’s often true, but sometimes persecution comes from secular governments as in China.

      • Grammatteus says:

        Yes, but that’s against all believers, and all religions. The true/ false prophet distinction is the preserve of religious elites who can’t allow a true prophet to speak.

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