And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. Acts 5:38-39 KJV
Surely, these are the last days. False prophets and teachers have always been in the picture of the church. 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.
(2 Peter 2:1 KJV) [capitals, mine]. And although we may appear to have been nurtured by the same Ground, they deny Him (1John2:18-23).They constitute a kind of tares Satan has sown and is yet sowing in our midst, derailing many from the faith.
But then, in kicking against this falsehood also lies the danger of bearing false witness, hence,the need to use some wisdom as proffered by the word of God; one of which will be mentioned in this first part of this message.
We must not be in a hurry to conclude that anyone is false, especially those who operate in the office of prophets and teachers, simply because he or she performs some 'unbelievable' miracles unless of course it is a clear case of occultism and/or divination (Acts 16:16). That is most likely the fruit of what I call 'The spirit of Suspicion', and it is not good for the church. The truth is, some persons in the Christian religion today will have treated Jesus Christ worse than the Pharisees did, if he were to walk the earth in our generation.
Our reactions as children of God should breathe wisdom always. And, as touching unmasking false prophets and teachers, we have an interesting model in the scriptures; (Acts 5:34-40) Gamaliel was simply saying, "Men, leave them...Time will tell". Therefore, instead of bearing false witness of one another, it is better to just give them time and The Truth Himself will find them out. (Matthew 13:30).
Keep winning daily.
Father LORD, I ask Your mercy for every false witness I have been a part of. And, I pray that you expose every false prophet and teacher still deceiving Your children in Jesus' Name. Amen.
By Sam A-men Abidoye