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False Prophets

John the Baptist by Mattia Preti (1613-1699) Wikipedia/Public Domain

The anointing falls where it may. It is from the Lord God, and it is not controlled by men. It is not at the whim of any man that the Holy Spirit decides when he will release the gifts of God.

Some preachers make good money deceiving others by claiming the Holy Spirit is here or there or that if you are close enough to God, you will be specially anointed. One man even is trying to sell prayer cloths he claims are anointed.

I’ve been to many styles of services, including some genuine times in which people were healed. I have also been to some in which we were told to prepare to receive healing, or in which we were told miracles were going to happen. I find these types of claims disturbing.

There is no doubt that God performs miracles and there is no doubt that God heals. I am a happy recipient of both. What I find offensive is the idea that the Holy Spirit listens to man’s will.

Any person who claims to have foreknowledge of what the Holy Spirit will do or how he will do it is either a prophet of God or a fool. It is difficult to tell the difference sometimes. A prophet of God must only speak what God has led on his heart. God will never contradict Himself, nor will He go against His word. A prophets’ message is one of repentance and returning to the Lord. For a prophet’s only purpose is to bring people into a right relationship with God.

This may involve warning about forthcoming events, the need to pray, or knowledge of what will happen in certain circumstances. Nowhere in the Word does a prophet control what God does. In fact, it is God who puts his words into the mouths of the prophets. Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and the disciples all had words of God put into their mouths and in Matthew 10:19 Jesus says to his disciples, “…do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.”

It is always God who is in control. It is always him who gives the message the prophet is to relay. Never is it the power of the prophet that makes the Holy Spirit subject to him. When a prophet speaks it better line up with the Word of God and it better not be to put himself above God in any way. False prophets break both of these. They glorify themselves and point people not towards God, but to themselves.

Often these false teachers claim special anointing or special knowledge and insight into the workings of the Holy Spirit. I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit talks to us who are believers and followers of Christ. However, in Romans 8, God tells us that we are either controlled by our sinful nature or the Holy Spirit. Interesting in that in neither case are we the ones in control. Verse 9 says, “You (true believers) are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit if the Spirit of God lives in you.” And in verse 14, “because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

It seems pretty clear who is in control.

When a service or a message is truly anointed, these things point to God. The messenger is only a vessel. He is not the star. Many famous preachers and even some not-so-famous men and women who claim to be prophets point to themselves, not God. The star of any Christian service, ministry, or church should never be the pastor, leader, or prophet. It has to be God because it has to be God’s ministry.

When you listen to any message or come across any writings look at to whom it points. It had better be God.

I end this with the words Jude used to end his letter:

All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.” Jude 1:25


Andy Becker is a pastor, retired counsellor and former CEO of a Hospice organization. His book, The Travelers, is available at and

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