Recently, a reader left a comment on the False Prophet Listing page with a question that deserves answering.
Interesting article. I’m curious if you could elaborate on how these people fail Deuteronomy 13 specifically? I just read the scripture and am having a hard time understanding how some of these individuals fall into that category.
First of all, let me say that I really appreciate the tone of the comment. This person was questioning my claim without resorting to snide or condescending remarks. Make a note of it as these kinds of comments are much more likely to get answered.
- So, what about the false prophets listed on that page?
- How can I make such a blanket policy over so many people?
- Am I placing myself as “judge and jury” over them?
- How do they fail the Deuteronomy 13 test?
Let’s take a dive.
They will never say “let’s go serve other gods.”
I’m not exactly sure what motivated this person to ask this question, but I’m guessing that it is because none of the prophets listed has ever come out and said, “Hey! Let’s go serve someone besides YHWH!”
And I’m pretty sure that you’ll never hear those words come out of their mouths. Not even the most grievous offenders would say something so belligerent.
The truth is, most of them are fully convinced in their own minds that they are doing the right thing.
They believe that the god they serve is the God of the Bible.
So, if they never come out and say “Let’s go serve other gods,” how can they fail the Deuteronomy 13 test?
What does it mean to “serve God?”
If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us go after other gods” – which you have not known – “and let us serve them,”
Before we excuse the Elijah List faithful (and the rest of the NAR) from the Deuteronomy 13 test, let’s ask ourselves a question.
“What does it mean to serve God?”
The Bible unequivocally equates “serving God” with “obeying God’s commandments.”
Even in this same passage, we see YHWH giving the righteous thing for the children of Israel to do.
You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
This is a package deal.
If you “walk after YHWH” and truly “fear Him,” you will keep “His commandments” and “obey His voice.”
If you make a life habit of this, not turning to the left or the right to serve (obey) other gods, you will “hold fast” to Him.
Interestingly enough, the last day deluge of false prophets is not a work of the devil. It is really a test from YHWH Himself.
… you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
YHWH is seeing whether you are going to run after the dreams, signs, and wonders or demonstrate your love for Him by obeying the commands that He laid forth.
Love = Obedience
Equating your love with your obedience is not just an Old Testament (Tanakh) concept.
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
If you love Me, keep My commandments.
You can emote deep feelings for YHWH. You can cry out loud and yell and scream at the top of your lungs in worship, but if you don’t obey His commands, your actions mean absolute squat.
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
And notice that the Father never qualified His commandments by saying “Ten Commandments?”
People ask me all the time “Just what commands of the Torah should we obey?”
We’re to obey all of the commands that we are able to obey.
Most Christians profess to love YHWH (especially dispensationalists) but they are on a rabid search to find out the minimum requirement for entry into the Kingdom.
If our love is equated with our obedience to the commands (Deuteronomy 13:3, John 14:15, 1 John 5:3), what does that say about the “love” of the modern day Christian?
But I may have strayed a little from the original question.
How do the modern day prophets fail Deuteronomy 13?
But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.
When we look at the Deuteronomy 13 test, we focus on the criteria listed in the first verse. We look for people who will come out and say “Let us serve other Gods.”
But in doing so, we miss the point.
You see, it’s not about saying the exact words, “Let us serve other Gods,” but the OUTCOME of those words that is the focus.
What happens to your heart?
This is evidenced by the direction you turn after hearing the prophet/dreamer’s words.
Do you have a ravenous desire to show your love for the Father by obeying the Father’s commands, or are you hungry for an “experience?”
Are you distracted by the dreams, signs, and wonders, or are you remorseful over your sin (disobedience to the commands – 1 John 3:4) and desire to repent (obey the commands)?
If you walk away from hearing/reading a prophet desiring anything but repentance and obedience, you are being turned away from YHWH.
My “blanket policy” is justified
This is why I can have a blanket policy towards all of the so-called prophets on the False Prophets Listing page – because NOT ONE of them will do the job of a prophet.
NOT ONE of them will preach real repentance – which is turning away from sin (1 John 3:4), turning toward the Torah of YHWH. They may preach turning from societal ills (don’t drink, don’t chew, don’t hang with those that do), but this is not the same thing as turning to YHWH’s commands.
Heck, they can’t even obey the Sabbath commandment.
Their entire “prophetic paradigm” revolves around serving a god created out of a small handful of verses out of the New Testament.
If the church’s 44,000 denominations have shown us anything, it is that you can create any kind of god you like, out of the New Testament.
A true prophet would shape his or her relationship with the Father as He was known from the beginning – as a Father that loves you, but knows that YOU love HIM when you obey His commands.
The modern-day prophets will do everything they can to steer you away from that by using signs, wonders, dreams, and visions as distractions, conveniently building their own kingdoms in the process.
. . . An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign …. . .
The Father never changed His view on this.
You see, to be impressed with the signs and wonders, to seek after them and desire them more than you desire to show your love for the Father through obedience is “proof positive” of adultery in your relationship with the Father.
. . . and the prophets on the False Prophets Listing page would like nothing more than to encourage that.
- False Prophet Listing – (January 12, 2018)
- Where are the Real Prophets? – (March 28, 2017)
- New Testament Prophecy – Understanding 1 Corinthians 14 – (August 08, 2016)
- Dissecting “Saved by Grace through Faith” – (August 10, 2017)
- Todd White – Just Another Shill for the Catholic Church – (August 29, 2017)
- The False Prophet is the Tail – (September 01, 2017)
- Elijah List Testimony – How I Worked 7 Years to Deceive You
- The Subtle Difference Between Worship and Witchcraft – (June 07, 2016)
- Soaking – the Trendy Approach to a Holy God – (May 02, 2015)
… and there’s even more in the Archive!