From Prophets to Teachers

Old Testament prophets are today’s teachers.  In 2 Peter 2:1-22 Peter reveals to us that teachers today are in the place where prophets were [2Pt 2:1].  Therefore we are to beware of teachers or men’s teachings just as we were instructed to beware of prophets with false prophecies.  Matthew warns us to beware of those who call themselves prophets in Mt 7:15-20.  Because, you see, today they will come calling themselves prophets to mislead us into thinking they are not the office that is false today.  Yet, it is still by their works and fruit that we know what they are, not by what they claim they are [Mt 7:20].  For Whoever says he abides in Him [Jesus] ought to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He [Jesus] walked and conducted Himself.” [1John 2:6 AMP]

Some men today want to isolate themselves from detection as false prophets by using this verse to say that it is teachers that are false today, not prophets.  That is not at all what Peter is saying.  Peter is saying and then showing that the teacher is in the place of the prophet and therefore is now the one that will bring in the heresies and false doctrines.  So if they’re teaching things for doctrine, then they’re a teacher.  Doesn’t matter if they call themselves a pastor or prophet or whatever – they’re a Teacher.  As such they’re to be scrutinized and judged in everything they say.  Don’t let their office or calling scare you from doing what you are commanded to do.  Beware of them!  To ignore this point is how the Church becomes deceived [1Jn 2:26], and how you can be turned over to a strong delusion [2Thes 2:10-11].

How they do this is by introducing teachings that destroy the foundation and deny foundational truths.  They will tweak them to their own desires and ends, which will also bring about destruction – even their own.

Peter describes these teachings as:

  • Destructive
  • Secrets  [things done in a corner  Acts 26:26]
  • Heretical
  • Denying God as the Sovereign  [make themselves the highest spiritual authority]
  • Shameful
  • Their ways make people question God  [destroy the faith of some  2Tim 2:18]
  • Greedy
  • Exploiting Gods people
  • Using Stories  [that they make up (think Acts 8:9)]
  • Showing corrupt desires  [2Pt 2:10]
  • Despising any authority over theirs and other than theirs
  • Bold
  • Arrogant
  • Fearless
  • Slanderous
  • Blasphemers
  • Behaving like Beasts
  • Acting on fleshly Instincts
  • Harmful
  • Doing their pleasures in Daylight
  • Blots, Spots, and Blemishes upon the people of God
  • They reveal their Pleasures in the midst of the Congregation
  • They have Feasts
  • Adulterous eyes
  • Always sinning
  • Seducing
  • Experts in Greed
  • Accursed
  • Have left the Straight Way  [to follow their own gospel and kingdom]
  • They Wonder  [up and down the East Coast, around the Farm]
  • They operate as did prophet Balaam – seducing to sex, won’t heed correction or rebuke for their madness
  • Loves wickedness as payments  [sexual favors]
  • Without water – unable to quench your thrust  [drying up the bones]
  • Driven about by unseen storms  [demons]
  • Speak empty boasts  [they don’t do what they say they will do]
  • They entice through Lustful desires
  • They target those seeking to Escape Corruption  [This is the purpose of Overcomer Ministry]
  • They promise Freedom with themselves  [only by being with them will you be spared the coming destruction]
  • They are Slaves to Depravity
  • Depravity has mastered them
  • They are worse off it they have really been once delivered  [better for them to have never been saved]
  • They Return to their former Sins  [2Pt 2:22]

Paul adds to this list in Romans 16:17-18 with these attributes:

  • They cause Divisions  [stirring up one against another]
  • They create Obstacles that are Contrary to known foundational truths  [Mt 23:4]
  • They serve their fleshly appetites
  • They Talk – with Flattery to Deceiver the heart and mind

Other important attributes to note:

  • They bring Confusion  [1Cor 14:33]
  • They lack Peace  [1Cor 14:33]
  • They are Leaders  [Acts 20:29-31; 8:9-11]
  • They come from out of Obscurity, they just appear on the scene  [Jude 1:4]
  • They are ungodly – seen in their works  [Jude 1:4;  Mt 7:20]
  • They Pervert Gods Grace  [Jude 1:4;  Gal 1:6-9]
  • They teach that Grace covers Sensuality  [Jude 1:4;  Gal 1:6-9]
  • They are Prophets  [Rev 2:14, 20]
  • They Lie  [John 8:44]
  • They teach that practicing Sexual Immorality is okay  [Rev 2:14, 20]  (“The flesh is going to do what the flesh is going to do – let it” ~Bro Stair)
  • They Disguise themselves as Anointed and Called of Christ  [2Cor 11:13;  Acts 8:9-11]
  • They commit Adultery  [Jer 23:14;  Lk 16:18;  Gal 5:19;  Lev 20:10;  Pr 6:32;  Rev 21:8;  Mt 19:9;  1Cor 6:9, 18;  Mt 5:28, 32;  Mk 10:11-12]
  • They walk in Lies  [Jer 23:14]
  • They lift up the hands of those that do Evil like they do  [Jer 23:14]  [They protect those who sin like they do, it is those who want to walk holy who they attack because they would expose them]
  • They don’t want people to Turn from their Evil Ways  [Jer 23:14]  [Because it would mean that they would be exposed for their evil ways]
  • They say their way is Peace  [Micah 3:5]  [Yet there is no peace with or around them  [Jer 6:14; 8:11]
  • They declare war against those who wont eat with them in judgment on their sins  [Micah 3:5]  [They feel guilty by those who fast because they feel it is in judgment upon their adultery’s  1Cor 5:11]
  • They deprive Gods people from obeying scripture and Testing Them  [1Tim 6:5;  Acts 17:10-11]
  • They are Fierce  [Acts 20:29]
  • They do not spare Gods people  [Acts 20:29]
  • Gods people do not respond to them as They want them to  [Jn 10:1-5]
  • Gods people do not understand their speech  [Jn 10:1-5]  [So there is confusion in their faces]
  • They go from Bad to Worse  [2Tim 3:13]
  • They look to Dreams  [Jude 1:8]
  • They Defile the Flesh  [Jude 1:8]
  • They reject Authority that is not their own  [Jude 1:8;  2Pt 2:1, 10]
  • They Blaspheme those God has glorified  [Jude 1:8;  2Pt 2:10]
  • They are Leaders of Gods people  [Jer 23:13]  [or they present themselves as such]
  • They lead Gods people Astray  [Jer 23:13]
  • They Prophesied  [Jer 23:13]
  • They Prophesy by Baal – a prince of Hell ruling over the East  [Jer 23:13;  Eph 6:12]
  • They are Frustrated  [Isa 44:25]
  • They are like a Roaring Lion  [Eze 22:25;  Pr 28:15]
  • They are like a Charging Bear  [Pr 28:15]
  • They have many Widows in their midst  [Eze 22:25]
  • They accumulate peoples Treasures  [Eze 22:25]
  • They Stir up Division  [Titus 3:0-11]
  • They are Warped and Sinful  [Titus 3:0-11]
  • They do not heed Repeated Warnings  [Titus 3:0-11]
  • They are drunk with the blood of the Saints that they have slaughtered and Cast Away  [Rev 17:6]
  • They Appear as a Lamb or Sheep  [Rev 12:11;  Mt 7:15]
  • They Prophesy in Gods Name  [Mt 7:22]
  • They Cast out Demons  [Mt 7:22]  [or so their Stories say  Acts 8:9-11]
  • They do Works in Gods Name  [Mt 7:22]
  • They Speak like a Dragon  [Rev 12:11]
  • They think they are above the Law of God  [2Thes 2:9]
  • They come with Power, Signs, and Wonders  [2Thes 2:9]
  • They Appear to be Godly  [2Tim 3:5]
  • They Deny the Power of God (to overcome sin)  [2Tim 3:5]
  • They Oppose true Worship  [2Thes 2:4]  [They may do this by redefining what worship is]
  • They make themselves out to be Great Ones, Gods man of the Hour  [2Thes 2:4;  Acts 8:9-11]
  • They Change biblical Times and Seasons  [Dan 7:25]  [or they never get the dates right]
  • They speak words against God  [Dan 7:25]
  • They Wear Out Gods people  [Dan 7:25]
  • Gods people will be Deceived by them – for a time  [Dan 7:25]
  • They lose their followers over time  [Dan 7:25]
  • They walk in Darkness  [1Jn 2:11]
  • They are of the World  [1Jn 2:16]

 

While John, Matthew, Mark, and Luke do still refer to them as prophets, probably because they will call themselves prophets [Mt 7:15;  1Jn 4:1;  Mt 24:24, 11;  Mk 13:22;  Acts 13:6 ].  Paul also warns that these falsies also exalt their calling as apostles [2Cor 11:13-15].  As does Jesus warn us in Revelation 2:2.  In Revelation John also speaks further of the Last Day Prophet in Rev 16:13.

Paul, like Peter here, warns of the fierce wolves that come to devour, that we are to Be Alert for them.  These wolves are leaders  Acts 20:29-31; 8:9-11

 

Remember – “There will be false teachers among you”

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