"Then the old prophet from Bethel said to him,
'I, too, am a prophet just like you,
and at the LORD'S command an angel told me
to take you home with me and offer
you my hospitality.'
But the old prophet was lying."
(1 Kings 13:18 GNB)
You have heard it before,
"Figures do not lie.
But liars figure."
If you are familiar with this historical event,
you know that the good prophet believed the bad prophet.
And just as there were bad prophets back then,
they are with us today too.
In fact Jesus told us,
"Then many false prophets will appear
and fool many people."
(Matthew 24:11 GNB)
If you will look to see when this is all to be,
- it's in our day and age.
If you keep up with things in "the Christian world",
you know that many of the prophets in pulpits today
are PROFITS. Not prophets.
Photo of the motivating spirit of many prophets today.
Now I know that the "prophet" in your pulpit, preacher
in your pulpit, teacher or what ever, is an honest God
fearing person. One who would not lie to you if their
life depended on it. That is why you bother to sit still
and listen to them.
But did you notice in our beginning Scripture that the
good profit believed the bad profit. And it cost him
his life because he believed the bad prophet.
With all the bad prophets we have in this day and age,
what is the chance that "your good prophet" might at
some point have believed a bad prophet???
Especially if the teaching sounds good.
God gives us an example from the life of the apostle Paul
we are supposed to follow.
"They listened to the message with great eagerness,
and every day they studied the Scriptures to see if what
Paul said was really true."
(Acts 17:11 GNB)
Of course you hear, and might check, the Scripture
texts that your "prophet" uses. But have they been
pulled out of context and arranged in an order that
pleases them and you?
Have you compared them against the entire teaching
of God's word????
Your life may depend on it.
"Examine yourselves, to see whether you
are holding to your faith. Test yourselves. ...."
(2 Corinthians 13:5 RSV)