have lived, worked, pastored, all over Texas. Denver City, Seminole, Midland,
Blanket, Eastland, Stamford, Ft. Worth, Brenham, and others. I have ranched, rough
necked, drove a big truck, all while trying to preach the gospel to poor folk
who could not afford a big shot. I hauled gravel out of the big pit near you.
Retired now, due to heart problems. If you're ever out this way give us a shout
and we will put out the feed bag and talk about the only one worth talking about.
may contact Kent of Debra Treadwell at firstname.lastname@example.org
OF PSEUDO PROPHETS
BELIEVE NOT EVERY SPIRIT, BUT TRY THE SPIRITS WHETHER THEY ARE OF GOD; BECAUSE
MANY FALSE PROPHETS ARE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD. I John 4:1.
two words in this passage, "false prophets", is one Greek word, pseudoprophetes.
a spurious prophet, pretended foreteller, or religious impostor.
I would like to describe what they look like.
first time we find the word "pseudoprophetes", is in Matt. 7:15.
It is here Jesus warns of their pseudogarments. "Beware
of false prophets, which come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are
other words they look like the real article but are not. They have their sheep
skins, their Ph. D's, D.D's, Th.'s, their lofty titles, Bishop, Apostle, Prophet
(Ps. 62:9), but Jesus made it clear, inside they are evil, they come to use you,
feed off you, eat you up and spit out your bones.
are duped by their unusual powers. They ask, "How can they be so wrong if
they can heal, prophesy, and draw tremendous crowds?"
Jesus mentioned this in Matt. 24:24 "For there shall
arise false Christ, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders,"
(Remember: Satan employs preachers too! See II Cor. 11:13-15).
are they after? What is their motive? Jesus answers this in Mark. 13:22, "For
false Christ and false prophets (pseudoprophetes)
shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce if it were possible, even
the elect." They want to use you to build their private kingdom, finance
their fortune, and in the end, destroy your soul.
prophets are accomplished people, always! They are truly charming, they crow and
strut like barnyard roosters, boasting and bragging. Jesus promised they would
be successful. "And MANY false prophets shall rise,
and shall deceive MANY" Matt. 24:11. They convince, fascinate, entertain,
impress, and pressure you!
prophets are always well accepted, they gather large crowds, much praise and popularity.
Plus, they rake in money like there is no end to it. When Jesus was pronouncing
WOES on certain ones in Luke 6, He said, "Woe unto
you, when all men speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets
should you do concerning false prophets?
answer I will give in brief but the import is absolutely essential.
Beware of them. Matt. 7:15
Know them, not by their signs or success, but by the fruit of the Spirit. Matt
Judge them by the word of God. Is. 8:20
Don't believe them! Matt 24:23
Prove (test) them and have NO fellowship with them, do not participate with them.
Stay away from them and their followers. II Tim 3:5
Look only to godly, humble, sweet spirited leaders. I Pet. 5:15
Follow your Saviour, Jesus Christ, He won't lead you astray. John 10:1-5
in the Bible the true prophet was often rejected. Is 53:3
I was growing up a missionary kid in Kenya in the 1950s, my school was behind
barbed wire with sand bag bunkers. We kids were guarded day and night by a unit
of the King's African Rifles, a crack British military group that saw combat in
Belgium and Burma during WW II. They were guarding us because the terrorist rebels,
the Mau Mau, were determined to kill us kids and discourage our parents into leaving
Kenya and not preaching the Gospel.
term "pseudo" reminds me of a trick the British used with the Mau Mau.
They recruited young British men who had grown up all their lives in the Kenya
Highlands, mostly the sons of British White plantation settlers. These young men
were called "pseudos." They spoke fluent Kikuyu, the language of the
Mau Mau. They knew the physical moves, the emotions, and the idioms of the Mau
Mau. They often thought of themselves as White WOGS. [WOG (Worthy Oriental Gentleman)
was a term given to Africans by the British.]
pseudos infiltrated the Mau Mau at night, joining around their camp fires, bringing
home made weapons along, and they ate the African food and talked late into the
night about strategy. They were even given rank in the Mau Mau.
was one thing they could NOT do-- join the Mau Mau during the day. Why? They had
blue or other colored eyes that did not look like an African. They dared not let
the Mau Mau see the color of their eyes.
were very convincing, and none of them ever got caught by the Mau Mau. They reported
back to the British troops what they learned, and many Mau Mau were killed as
they set up an ambush.
is so much like Kent's pseudos above, and the ones Jesus and the Apostles warned
about. But, all pseudos have a vulnerable trait. It will not show up if they are
careful, but we need to learn to ask anyone who is new and wonderful in our local
churches not to join in various activities.
had a pseudo in a church I pastored. He and his wife turned out to be Roman Catholic
plants. We never caught them until after we left the church, and they were part
of the church life for about ten years. There was one instance when I should have
figured something was out of whack.
was a hippy Catholic priest in Michigan who was trying to join Protestants with
Catholics. I knew he was now sincere. He was trying to destroy Protestant zeal.
This priest called for a convocation of Protestants and Catholics to preach the
Gospel to the lost. He used all of our vocabulary. I was not fooled.
our pseudo also claimed to be a friend of this Catholic priest, and the pseudo
claimed he was witnessing to the priest every week at regular visits. So, believing
this story, I invited the pseudo to join us and hand out tracks about Catholic
heresy at the church where the priest was holding his ecumenical convocation.
declined. He was terrified that someone would see the color of his eyes, so to
speak, and his cover would be blown. He was, in fact, probably being handled by
that very priest, and he was terrified that some other Catholics attending would
recognize him and we would see them glad handing etc.
failed to see this as a very serious piece of information. The pseudo was famous
in our assembly for handing our tracts and witnessing. The fact that he would
decline to do so at a Catholic event (he claimed to have been saved out of the
Catholic Church) was an obvious red light.
blew it, and this pseudo and his wife did much damage in the end. I had to add
this to show that Brother Kent is not just being dramatic. This sort of thing
happens all the time, and most pastors and local church leaders are gullible and