Questions for a Counterfeit MessageJohn Collins5/17/2012 7:54:00 AMThis was posted to the Facebook wall of Seek Ye The Truth, and is a very good and very accurate set of questions that is scripturally accurate:
Someone from this page not affliated with posted a news link on our church Facebook page and I don't know why??? We are Christian not followers of Branham. Being curious by nature I read the news artilcle. As a fellow Christian and with all due respect I do have concerns for the souls that are pursuing Branhamâ€¦. First, I wonder why Branham followers rely so heavily on the recorded messages from their "Prophet" (Voice of God Recordings). Prophets are Old Testament. Jesus appointed disciples who He later appointed as apostles following his resurrection. No place in the New Testament does the Bible say we should follow prophets. On the contrary, the Bible tells us to beware of False Prophets who take the truth and distort it to mislead true believers. True, the Lord gave all believers gifts of the Holy Spirit and one of those gifts is to prophesize but we are not to glorify people with this gift. See The Book of Acts and 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, and Ephesians 4. And 1 Peter 4).
No matter how much we love our ministers, preachers, and pastors, God clearly commands us to Love and Worship ONLY Him and Him alone.
Exodus 20: 3-5 3"You must not have any other god but me.4 "You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. (that includes man) 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.
God's Warning to Believers: 2 Timothy 4:1-5 1 "I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
And, the news article says that in 1960 Branham predicted the end of the World. Really?
From Matthew 24: 23-27 23 "Then if anyone tells you, 'Look, here is the Messiah,' or 'There he is,' don't believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God's chosen ones. 25 See, I have warned you about this ahead of time. 26 "So if someone tells you, 'Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,' don't bother to go and look. Or, 'Look, he is hiding here,' don't believe it! 27 For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. 28 Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.
And Matthew 24:36 36 "However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself Only the Father knows.
God's Word is straightforward and simple to grasp. It's we mere mortals who make a mess of things. WE MUST ABIDE ONLY IN THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD OR RISK HEARING THE WORST JUDGEMENT "I NEVER KNEW YOU!" God help us all! Praying for this ministry and for those who have wandered off the narrow way.
Rev - God's word clearly says that NO ONE knows the day or the hoursâ€¦God's Word (the bible says to preach Christ crucified)
Question: "How can we recognize a false teacher and false prophet?"
Answer: Jesus warned us that "false Christ's and false prophets" will come and will attempt to deceive even God's elect (Matthew 24:23-27; see also 2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 17-18). The best way to guard yourself against falsehood and false teachers is to know the truth. To spot a counterfeit, study the real thing. Any believer who "correctly handles the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15) and who makes a careful study of the Bible can identify false doctrine. For example, a believer who has read the activities of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Matthew 3:16-17 will immediately question any doctrine that denies the Trinity. Therefore, step one is to study the Bible and judge all teaching by what the Scripture says.
Jesus said "a tree is recognized by its fruit" (Matthew 12:33). When looking for "fruit," here are three specific tests to apply to any teacher to determine the accuracy of his or her teaching:
1) What does this teacher say about Jesus? In Matthew 16:15-16; Jesus asks, "Who do you say I am?" Peter answers, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God," and for this answer Peter is called "blessed." In 2 John 9, we read, "Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son." In other words, Jesus Christ and His work of redemption is of utmost importance; beware of anyone who denies that Jesus is equal with God, who downplays Jesus' sacrificial death, or who rejects Jesus' humanity. First John 2:22 says, "Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichristâ€”he denies the Father and the Son."
2) Does this teacher preach the gospel? The gospel is defined as the good news concerning Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection, according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). As nice as they sound, the statements "God loves you," "God wants us to feed the hungry," and "God wants you to be wealthy" are not the complete message of the gospel. As Paul warns in Galatians 1:7; "Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ." No one, not even a great preacher, has the right to change the message that God gave us. "If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!" (Galatians 1:9).
3) Does this teacher exhibit character qualities that glorify the Lord? Speaking of false teachers, Jude 11 says, "They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam's error; they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion." In other words, a false teacher can be known by his pride (Cain's rejection of God's plan), greed (Balaam's prophesying for money), and rebellion (Korah's promotion of himself over Moses). Jesus said to beware of such people and that we would know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-20).
For further study, review those books of the Bible that were written specifically to combat false teaching within the church: Galatians, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, and Jude. It is often difficult to spot a false teacher/false prophet. Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), and his ministers masquerade as servants of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:15). Only by being thoroughly familiar with the truth will we be able to recognize a counterfeit.