Falling For Corrupted Prophets

By Edwin Christiaan

It was a year ago, that the government rushed to aid several corporations in serious financial trouble with billions of tax-payer dollars, hoping to contain an economic crisis. And then we found out, that many of the top executives of the companies who turned to the American people for help when they were in trouble, after receiving the bailout money from the government, paid themselves lavishly with millions of dollar in bonuses.

Now, there is the recent disturbing story about a certain community social- service group who is heavily funded through the government with millions of tax-payer dollars. This is the same organization that our current U.S. president was closely affiliated to, and it was no surprise that they gave him their full endorsement for presidency.

This organization is under investigation for voter registration fraud in several states, and now they are mentioned in recent videos released by two young journalists posing as a pimp and a prostitute while secretly videotaping employees seemingly offering to help securing a housing loan, as well as giving other advice.

Instead of telling the undercover journalists that prostitution is dangerous and illegal and advising them to change careers, the counselors at this social-service group offer suggestions on how they can launder their earnings, blatantly explaining them how to cheat the government out of housing funds in order to open a brothel.

How did this nation become so corrupt?

God revealed to me, that a major factor for the corruption in this country is false prophecy. False prophets have large enthusiastic audiences, and are very popular because they tell the people what they want to hear, and what they want God to give them – which is usually lots of money and wealth.

Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of them, Christ and His true way will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money.

2. Peter 2:2-3 NLT

Some years ago, I got an urgent phone call from a Christian friend of my wife and I pleading with us to come hear a certain prophet, promising us that this was a mighty man of God who would have a personal word for us. Being heavily persuaded by our friend, we went to the meeting with the preacher who called himself “Doctor” as an initial title, coming to find out later that this prophet had no doctor degree in anything, let alone theology. After discovering this truth about this preacher, who was also extremely clever in finding new ways to entice people to give big offerings in exchange for an big sounding personal prophecy of living a care free life of riches, we were told by somebody that the “doctor” had called him, just to brag about the amount of money he managed to collect during his series of meetings.

They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With lustful desire as their bait, they lure back into sin those who have just escaped from such wicked living. They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves to sin and corruption.

2. Peter 2:18-19 NLT

There was no end to this preachers inventions on how to manipulate people, especially single women hungry for direction and breakthrough in their lives, to give a so-called “seed” – a money offering – so they could be blessed by God, even by placing their shoes on the platform, for the “prophet” to pray and give a word of prophesy over the person owning the shoes – a seemingly “prophetic” symbolic act.

Needless to say, the only one benefiting financially from the meeting was the “doctor” himself, basically scamming well meaning people out of their money, under the pretense of being an established and powerful, well renowned, man of God.

And this is just one of the many examples of money and power hungry prophets out there, whom God so strongly warns us against:

“This is my warning to my people,” says the LORD Almighty. “Do not listen to these prophets when they prophesy to you, filling you with futile hopes. They are making up everything they say. They do not speak for the LORD! They keep saying to these rebels who despise my word, ‘Don’t worry! The LORD says you will have peace!’ And to those who stubbornly follow their own evil desires, they say, ‘No harm will come your way!’

“But can you name even one of these prophets who knows the LORD well enough to hear what he is saying? Has even one of them cared enough to listen? Look! The LORD’s anger bursts out like a storm, a whirlwind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked. The anger of the LORD will not diminish until it has finished all his plans. In the days to come, you will understand all this very clearly.

I have not sent these prophets, yet they claim to speak for me. I have given them no message, yet they prophesy. If they had listened to me, they would have spoken my words and turned my people from their evil ways. Am I a God who is only in one place? asks the LORD. “Do they think I cannot see what they are doing? Can anyone hide from me? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” asks the LORD.

“I have heard these prophets say, ‘Listen to the dream I had from God last night.’ And then they proceed to tell lies in my name. How long will this go on? If they are prophets, they are prophets of deceit, inventing everything they say.”

Jeremiah 23:16-26 NLT

The corruption is widespread in every level of society. It is among the politicians, top executives, judges and lawyers, university professors and teachers, spiritual leaders, pastors, and prophets. These are the people who are supposed to be an example of honesty and integrity to the society. Now the corruption is trickling down to the ordinary people. Like a well-known saying says: So the leader, so the people!

In closing, I encourage you as a fellow believer to:

continue to pray as you are directed by the Holy Spirit. Live in such a way that God’s love can bless you as you wait for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy is going to give you. Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. There are still others to whom you need to show mercy, but be careful that you aren’t contaminated by their sins.” (Jude 20-23 NLT)

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