The Litmus Test

And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ —  22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:21-22 NKJV

False prophets have been around since the beginning, and they will be around until Jesus returns; but how shall we know them? They look like “sheep” and sound like “sheep” (Matt. 7:15). They all start or end their prophecies by saying, “thus says the Lord.” They all seem to have an agenda that is not God’s; and, they all seem to be motivated by money, fame, or power. But what is the litmus test?

A litmus test is a test used in Chemistry, used to determine acidity or alkalinity of a chemical substance. Acid turns litmus paper red and an alkaline compound turns it blue. With respect to prophecy, “it’s a test in which a single factor (an attitude, event or fact) is decisive” (Merriam-Webster). Scripturally, the 80/20 rule isn’t applied, but rather the One Strike rule: “if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken” (verse 22).

Should there be a litmus test for prophets? Absolutely! We should “not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, [to see] whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1. Also see 1 Cor. 14:29). The test for Prophets isn’t their anointing or charisma (Rom. 11:29); it’s not their prestige or popularity; it’s not their personal prosperity, wealth or riches; it’s not their leadership in a mega-church or their large ministry; nor is it their political power. It is just one thing! (Verse 22).

Prophecies fail because of presumption (Deut. 18:20, 22). A false prophet will be driven by presumption that is born out of his/her pride and arrogance; thus their words fall to the ground (1 Sam. 3:19). As in the case of the prophet Samuel, God has always used prophets to politically speak truth to Power through out the Scriptures. Recently, over fifty national and international renowned ministers’ prophesized the re-election of Trump, but their words failed. Why?  God wasn’t in the words that they presumptuously spoke. Instead, did they comprise their ethics for a seat at the table? Did they decide to drape the Gospel in the American flag? Was it just about money, fame, or power? Or did they just speak out of their delusions and the imaginations of their mind? (Jer. 14:14; 23:26).

After applying the litmus test, what should we do? First, God says, don’t be afraid of them, i.e., don’t reverence them or stand in awe of them; second, we are instructed to watch and avoid them (Rom. 16:17); and, third, we should stay filled with the Word and the Holy Spirit (Acts 17:11; John 14:26).  Beware of false prophets!

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The First False Prophet

And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ —  22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:21-22 NKJV

False prophets and false prophecy began in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent “prophe-lied” to Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:4, 5).Remember, the serpent was crafty and cunning, and said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘you must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” But Eve knew the Word of God’s commandment that she and Adam could eat fruit from all the trees in the garden, except the fruit from the tree that was in the middle of the garden lest they die. But the Serpent, being a false prophet, “prop-lied” and said, “You will not surely die.” The prophecy immediately failed and Adam and Eve were naked, disappointed and humiliated (Gen. 3:1-7).  

A false prophet is someone who intentionally prophesies with an agenda that is not God’s. The agenda of false prophets is usually money, fame, or power. In the Garden, the Serpent’s agenda was to lie to gain power over God’s creation—Adam and Eve.

To warn His listeners of false prophets, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus used the metaphor of sheep and wolves, and admonished them to beware of false prophets who come to you in “sheep clothing” (Matt. 7:15). So, how can you know if a prophet is false? False prophets look like sheep and sound like sheep, i.e., look the part and sound the part, but it is a mistake to judge them by an outward appearance only (1 Sam. 16:7). They may look like sheep but they attack like ravenous wolves; they are really dangerous predators, looking for prey to viciously attack with their lies. How can you really know? “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1). You test the spirits of prophets by the Word (Acts 17:11) and by the discerning of spirits (1 Cor. 12:10). Like the Serpent, a false prophet will not speak in line with Gods’ Word, neither minister with God’s Spirit.

A true prophet will speak “thus says the Lord” into a situation by proclaiming a true Word. A false prophet will also say “thus says the Lord” but speak lies rather than the truth to get you to put your trust in him/her rather than God. As God told Jeremiah, “Don’t let the false prophets and mediums who are there among you fool you. Don’t listen to the dreams that they invent, for they prophesy lies in my name. I have not sent them says the Lord” (Jer. 29:8-9 TLB).

The first false prophet was the Serpent who was motivated by power. He “prophe-lied” to Adam and Eve to draw them unto himself. After the prophecy failed, he introduced them into shameful confusion when his lies didn’t come to pass; and, in this day and time, the same spirit of the Serpent will cause the simple and unsuspecting to be led into the same deep deception (Rom. 16:18). Beware of false prophets!

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Plastic Preachers and Charlatans

But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ —  22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 NKJV

A false prophet is someone who intentionally prophesies with an agenda that is not God’s agenda. The agenda of false prophets is usually money, fame, or power (Num. 22-23). Thus, false prophets are “plastic” preachers because their ministries are artificial, fake and insincere—they’re not real. Some are also charlatans because they use prophecy to lie, deceive, defraud and trick God’s people out of their money and possessions. Ergo, false prophets are plastic preachers and charlatans.

So, how can you know them? God instructs His people to apply the one strike rule: “when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken;the prophet has spoken it presumptuously” (Text). The rules of Prophecy aren’t like the rules of Baseball, where you are allowed three strikes and then you’re out! But you might ask: can a true prophet fail in prophecy? Absolutely! By misunderstanding, misinterpretation, and even being motivated by the flesh, a prophecy will fail. This is the reason that the Apostle Paul instructed the church to judge prophecies (1 Cor. 14:29). But a true prophet, after a failed presumptuous prophecy, will humble his or herself, take full responsibility and repent—not justify it, explain it away, or attempt to cover-up the failure.

To advance their agenda, a false prophet will prophesy healing or prosperity presumptuously, then out of their pride and arrogance blame your lack of faith or your insufficient prayer life when it doesn’t come to pass. God, said that you should not be afraid of them, i.e., you should not stand in awe of them, just judge their prophecies.  If they prophesy falsely to you in God’s name; God did not sent them (Jer. 29:9). Often, plastic preachers and charlatans are all about the “Benjamin’s” (an analogy for the $100 bill). They will prophesize lies and false visions out of the deceit of their hearts (Jer. 14:14), and say things like: “God said that “everyone in this service is to give $100 dollars.” They fleece the sheep rather than feed the sheep (Jer. 3:15; John 21:15; Acts 20:28).

Plastic preachers and charlatans serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own gain; and by false prophecies, smooth talk and giving good words, they deceive the hearts of the simple (Rom. 16:18). Beware of false prophets!

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Spiritual Blood Type

[K]nowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:18-19 NKJV

Your blood type—whether type O, A, B, or AB—is a powerful genetic fingerprint that identifies you and your genetic profile (DNA). Your blood type is a blueprint of who you are and how you can live a more healthy life. This is the reason why a physician orders blood work to be done for his/her patient (Lev. 17:11). Not only do you have a physical blood type, but for those who believe in Christ, we have a spiritual blood type—blood type “P” which stands for precious blood.

Our spiritual blood type is the result of a spiritual blood transfusion. A blood transfusion is a medical procedure that replaces blood in your body after a sickness or injury in order to restore life or the quality of life (Spiritually, Eph. 2:1). On the night of the Passover, during the Lord’s Supper, Jesus symbolically and spiritually transfused His blood into His disciples when he invited them to drink His blood: “then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:27-28).

There are measures and properties of health revealed in one’s blood. For example, at a recent annual physical examination, my physician ordered blood work to be drawn from me which revealed the status of my overall health—thank God everything was good! Similarly, your spiritual blood (precious blood) provides a like fingerprint and blueprint of our new identity in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). In Christ, the properties of His precious blood provides redemption through His blood (Eph. 1:7); it cleanses and purify  from all sin (1 John 1:7); it gives justification and deliverance from punishment and damnation (Rom. 5:9); it gives us peace with God through the blood of His cross (Col. 1:20); it purges the conscious from dead works (Heb. 9:14); and,  it gives us power over the devil by the blood of Jesus (Rev. 12:10-11).

Blood type “P” is the precious incorruptible blood of Jesus that He shed on the Cross to redeem man from the sickness of sin, transfused into the believer by faith.